Museum Capsule: 1974 Volkswagen SP-2 – The Brazilian Porsche


The car gods have smiled upon me.  With VW week coming along, my picture folders were remarkably scant of any VW of any variety.  Then this little number came along.

Does it look familiar?  Maybe to those in South America or the truly hardcore VW devotee.  The SP-2 was designed by Volkswagen do Brazil in the late 1960’s.  With Brazil having import restrictions, the Brazilian branch of VW was able to exercise some autonomy in creating a successor to the Karmann Ghia.

Built from 1972 to 1976, the SP-2 was built on VW’s 412 chassis and was powered by an air-cooled 1700 cc engine pumping out 75 horsepower.  This rather stylish car earned the derogatory nickname of Sem Potencia  (without power).  Ultimately there were only 10,205 made, although a number were exported to Africa.

This particular VW was caught taking a siesta at the Tupelo Automobile Museum in Tupelo, Mississippi.  It’s a great museum; stay tuned for a full report on it.

VW SP1-8&9