Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Sem Potência 2: 1973 Volkswagen SP2

Up until the 1990s Brazil (the world's fifth largest country by population and geography) did not allow imported automobiles -- and as a result, major OEMs around the world set up local manufacturing centers.  In the beginning, the local plants built vehicles designed and engineered from the parent company's home country, but eventually the locals starting building unique vehicles, particularly Volkswagen of Brazil. The SP2 was built on the Type 3 chassis from 1972 through 1976, during which time VW do Brasil assembled about 10,000 of the sporty looking coupes.  The lack of sales was blamed on the poor performance of the steel bodied SP2 and the nickname Sem Potência (Portuguese for without power) became common.  This next one looks good at first glance...but the seller mentions something about "full rust beyond layers and layers of bondo" ...errrr...tread carefully. Find this 1973 Volkswagen SP2 offered for $10,000 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1973 volkswagen
VIN: BL002508
condition: fair
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 99999
paint color: red
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe
I am selling this VW SP2 1973 only made in Brazil. 10.000 units were made with only a couple of hundred still existing. It has it's original 1700cc aircooled engine, with matching numbers. It needs complete body restoration (full of rust behind layers and layers of bondo). It runs and drives. Brake lines are new. It has almost all original parts. Interior also needs to be redone. Great project, unique car. I am from Rio de Janeiro. Buyer is responsible for transportation and paperwork. I can assist if needed to. More pictures avaliable upon request. Thanks 

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  1. The Reborn tuned version of this and the Puma are beautiful. I'm planning on one day maybe retiring in Brazil, lots of cool unique cars from that market.

  2. "Buyer is responsible for transportation and paperwork". That's going to add a few bucks to the final bill!

    1. Yeah, I put some serious time looking into this sort of thing for Brazil. I wanted to ship old mustangs down. Shipping and paperwork/taxes are a nightmare going down. Not sure about the paperwork coming back up.

  3. Ah, it's a bondo composite car.

    Kinda like layers of carbon fiber, only cheaper.

    -Stan (the *other* Stan...)


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