The SP1600 featured Brazilian sourced twin Solex H32/24PDSI/2 carburetors on a VW/Audi built 1600 engine giving 58hp. The distributor also Brazilian sourced to match the carbs. 5.5J Rostyle style wheels (locally produced by Guestro), 185/70SR14 radials, special free flow exhaust with low tailpipes (rear apron without cut-outs), custom front spoiler designed by VW SA, special Kamei style ‘SP’ body stripe, tinted windshield, full carpeting, center console, black bumpers, 1303 style rear lights, cloth tartan seats, tachometer, voltmeter, oil pressure gauges, 3 spoke Petri AG sports steering wheel, internal rain catcher to decklid. Badged SP1600.
Painted initially three colours – either Sunburst Yellow, Arctic White, and Silver Cloud Metallic. Later additionally Calypso Coral Red (Ford) – similar to Senegal (African) Red. Also made available in Black in a strictly limited number of 50 ‘Midnight Series’ with a silver body stripe. SP1600s’ were produced until 1978.
50 revised cars were rumoured, but unsubstantiated by photographic or documentary evidence, to have been produced by VW to enable them to take part in the South African ‘Top of the World’ rally. The race cars featured 1900 engines and Hewland Mk 5 five-speed gearboxes (information sources include “Der Käfer IV ” by Hans Rudiger Etzold).
Information and pictures from ‘Der Kafer IV’, Hans-Rudiger Etzold, 1995, and Kevin Chown. Silver Cloud Metallic SP courtesy of Nuno Lemos from Amigos dos Carochas de Cascais. Engine information courtesy Armand Wouter Botha. Some information courtesy Elka Neikova.