The 1975 Volkswagen SP2 we featured back in February has been relisted and curiously carries a slightly higher price tag this time around. Did the frenzy over the Ventura that Carter featured earlier this month catch the seller by surprise?
The below post originally appeared on our site February 13, 2014:
Volkswagen of Brazil has a history of going its own way when it came to the model lineup. One look through their current model range shows just how vast and different it is from that of the US market. In the 1970s, the company’s Brazilian arm decided to develop a replacement for the Karmann Ghia. Built on the Variant chassis, the SP2 had a distinct fastback shape that was almost Porsche like in its appearance. A familiar 1.7 liter air-cooled flat four was situated at the rear in classic VW fashion, producing 75 horsepower, modest for a car with sporting ambitions. Just a little over 10,000 were built with few exported outside of Brazil. It’s uncommon you see these coupes outside of their native market, but this restored example is on offer in Munich, Germany.
Click for more details: 1975 Volkswagen SP2 on eBay
Engine: 1.7 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 78,000 mi
Price: $48,000 Buy It Now
Did you ever see this car running on the street? Do you know that it is a true Volkswagen? The rare and best looking Volkswagen ever: VW SP2
Look at the pictures to see the quality and condition of this car in verde mistico (green color). Imported to GB in 1978. Driven there till 1985. Garaged till 2008 when i bought it from second owner son. 78,000KM on the odometer. Restored 5 years ago (see pictures on flickr-link). Always garaged
Given the SP2’s modest power, it caused some in Brazil to think SP meant “Sem Potência” (“without power” in Portuguese). The name, however, was meant to be an abbreviation of São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. The SP2 was not much more costly than a Beetle when new, but today, they can bring princely sums in the right condition. This particular car was for sale on The Samba late last year at $49,000, so it seems the seller is testing the market a bit. I’d wager a guess and say this one is priced a bit optimistically, but one thing is certain, there aren’t many of these around, especially in Europe.