Wednesday 11 MArch 2015
The SP2 was a sports car developed by Volkswagen do Brasil for that market, from 1972 to 1976.
In the 70s, the Brazilian market was closed for imports. The only sports car officially made there was the aging (and by then retired) Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, and its failed successor, the Karmann Ghia TC. Only independent car makers were able to fill the gap, notably Puma, Santa Matilde and Miura.
The Volkswagen subsidiary in Brazil always had some degree of independence from Wolfsburg, so in 1969 they decided to start a new project of their own. A team led by Mr. Schiemann and supported by Rudolf Leiding (the CEO of the subsidiary and later of the entire company) started work on a so-called "Project X", and presented a prototype in a 1971 fair. But it would take another year before the car reached the streets.
- engine: 4 cylinders
- capacity: 1700 cc
- horsepower: 75 HP
- gearbox: 4+1
- top speed: 160 km/h