Volkswagen SP Series — Volkswagen SP2

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Leiding

Although the Volkswagen SP was both designed and built in it was fostered by Rudolf Leiding Volkswagen’s then new Managing in Stuttgart. The idea for the SP1 and SP2 started Leiding was in control of Volkswagen’s establishment which he left in 1971 to take up Volkswagen Command.

Leiding’s appointment was and he had barely been seated in the One chair, when he reviewed and some of Volkswagen’s most new car projects, including a Porsche-originated small car prototype. The SP Series as Project X, and a prototype was built in for the 1971 fair. But it would another year before the car the streets. (The first of the slide show at left the 1971 prototype).

Why Brazil?

Brazil was the logical to market the vehicle first. totally dominated the Brazilian commanding 66.3 percent of sales during 1971. gave VW a 295,725 production of the total 516,000 market which had an annual sales remarkably close to Australia. was also Volkswagen’s largest plant and the company employed 19,000.

Volkswagen SP2

Virtually the entire Volkswagen was sold there but the company had no sports model. The Volkswagen SP was in to compete with the Puma another two-seater sports which enjoyed healthy The SP series was produced in left-hand-drive, and the made it suitable for the US market, cars needed to meet safety and anti-pollution legislation.

The Hot


The promotional blurb described the SP as The Hot and claimed it would stir up in VW when it circulates along the and particularly in high speed And as a volume production sports it certainly looked the goods from the various angles of equipment, comfort and safety. interesting was the safety aspect, and the tough US safety standards it was fitted with a double-circuit system, and the steering was collapsible. iodine headlights were to the SP2, and both versions a quad-light system. The SP was also the first sportscar to get a “collision-belt” enveloped the entire body. It of a band of collision-proof material traced the perimeter of the car, the bumpers front and rear extensions down the flanks for

impacts.

The impact belt was covered in duty gloss-finished rubber to a good appearance and also the car from every-day parking The designers blended this idea into the body a very simple amd neat idea — a coloured panel let-into the flanks from headlights to taillights. The and rear bumpers were on spring-steel claws that are to give on impact and return the to its original position. This to be designed to comply with the American 5mph bumper-impact

A further safety emphasis was the visibility provided in the design. The car deep screens front and — both cut high the turret. The rear screen low into the lift-up tailgate to good rearward visibility. The pillars were slim and the quarter-panel was reduced to the minimum to the air-induction ventilators for the rear Big styled exterior mirrors fitted. Racing-style articulated-arm wipers were employed for vision in wet conditions. A sophisticated system, for the time, was another The car was fitted with through-flow but quarter vents were — as necessary for Brazilian conditions as they were for temperatures. The rear quarter could also be opened on hinges. Face-level fresh-air from the

through-flow system supplemented vents to windscreen and floor.

Volkswagen SP2
Volkswagen SP2
Volkswagen SP2

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