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1973 Volkswagen SP2

Volkswagen do Brasil’s attempt to revise the Karmann Ghia Type 14 took two very different directions. Both were based on the 1600 wagon, but they took very different directions. The Karmann Ghia TC looked like a restyled version of the original, while the SP2 looked a bit like a Type 4 and a 928 had a wild child.

‘SP’ referenced São Paulo where the SP and SP2 were produced. The early model had a 1.6 liter flat-4, while the SP2 moved up to a 75 horsepower 1.7 air-cooled flat-4 mounted in the rear. The proportions of the body styling seemed to suggest the opposite though, with the long, low hood and hatchback GT profile looking more like a traditional sports car than any VW had before. Other period designs were borrowed – the Volkswagen 411, the Porsche 924 and Audi’s 100 Coupe S all had similar angles.

Only about 11,300 of these ultra-rare, Brazil-only SP2s were produced. They’re about as legendary as air-cooled VWs get in the U.S., so when one pops up for sale it’s worth a look:

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Year: 1973
Model: SP2
Engine: 1.7 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 97,700 mi
Location: Miami, Florida
Price: $43,900 Buy It Now

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Up for sale is a beautiful and super rare Volkswagen SP2 sports car! Very rare to find. One of the world’s finest vw’s sport cars! This Car drives exceptionally well, you can take it to the car shows & for weekend cruises. Definitely gets a lot of attention & questions at the cars and coffee. The SP2 is powered by it’s 1.7L engine with dual carbs, It moves pretty good! It has manual 4-speed transmission. Mechanically the car is sound! See the video.

The Volkswagen SP2 is a Brazilian-built sports car that was developed in the early 1970s, it entered production in 1973 and left production in 1976 after just 11,123 had been built. The SP2 uses pre-existing VW mechanicals with a new steel body, and it has a rear-mounted 1.7 liter Volkswagen engine producing 75 hp and pushing the car to a claimed top speed of 100 mph.

The Body is straight and solid. Underneath the floor pans are in great shape, everything was properly restored.The Interior is splendid and contrast well to the exterior silver paint, All new seats upholstery has been redone, and tastefully done. Immaculate back glass that opens up! side pop out windows!

I’m located in Miami about 30 minutes away from the airport. Feel free to come see the car in person. Any inquires email me. Sold As-is, where is. For those interested you can call me at 305 five four two 5662. If I don’t answer just leave me a voicemail. $500 nonrefundable deposit to hold vehicle required. Buyer responsible for pick up or shipping. Make sure to see all my 100+ pictures also has a small paint bubble showed in pics.

If you’re looking to finance I would recommend JJ Best. They can finance your classic car or hot rod and are very pleasant to work with. Thanks for looking

If you’re into the SP2 and want one that hasn’t been modified, this one looks to be about as nice as they come. Coupled with its rarity, that means – of course – that it’s also not particularly cheap at $44,000. Still, this is far less than some other rare air-cooled VWs trade for. We don’t get many SP2 comps, but one that was not as clean as this example sold in 2020 for $21,000. The market is hotter right now than it was in the fall of 2020, and coupled with the show-ready presentation here I think this one is worth more than that example. Whether that equates to double is up to the buyer.



  1. Longwolf
    Longwolf January 17, 2022

    Certifying a car for importation/production was so much easier back then, so I am amazed that VW Corporate didn’t jump on the idea of importing this beauty to the USA. I would have sold in the 100s of thousands.

  2. jimf
    jimf January 17, 2022

    Pretty cool looking car…but a pretty narrow market niche, particularly at 44K

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