Five Of VW’s Finest Vintage Coupes Taken To Sachsen Classic Rally

The 2019 Sachsen Classic takes place August 22-24, running from Dresden to Leipzig for a total of 580 km (360 miles) through regions such as Saxon Switzerland, the Ore Mountains and Saxony’s castle.

Volkswagen didn’t want to miss the opportunity to line up five special coupes: the Karmann Ghia TC 145 (1970), Karmann Ghia Type 14 (1974), SP 2 (1974), Scirocco I SL (1981) and the Passat B2 CL Formula E (1983).

Of the bunch, the SP 2 is arguably the most exotic model (despite the fact that over 11,000 units were built), and was only produced in Brazil. Meanwhile, the Karmann Ghia TC 145 was also intended exclusively for the Brazilian market, whereas the air-cooled Type 14 Coupe stood out with its rare Saturn Yellow Metallic paint.

Also Read: VW Celebrates 60 Years Of The Karmann Ghia, Its First Model Outside The Beetle

As for the Scirocco and Passat, the former is a special edition with sporty aluminum rims, front spoiler and foil decors, while the latter was an economical version and even featured a fuel-saving start-stop system – quite innovative for 1983.

When it comes to cars, the Saxony region has a long tradition. It’s been home to the VW Group since the 1990s, with sites in Zwickau, Chemnitz, Dresden and Leipzig, so it’s no wonder that VW has supported the Sachsen Classic rally since the get-go.

Visitors will also be able to catch a Currywurst van and a unique ice cream van on location, serving up some culinary delights. The two VW T2 food trucks will be present at the finish at Simonsplatz in Leipzig on Saturday.

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  • Bob

    Porsche called…

    • Six_Tymes

      say and think what you will. Karmann Ghia’s design gave Porsche the idea to design a flatter stance, rather than narrow. That is a well known FACT.

      • Bob

        Oh! Karmann Ghia invented flatter stances? I didn’t know that!

  • Przemix

    sp2 – fastest looking 75hp car

  • Six_Tymes

    Karmann Ghia, such amazing designs.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Italians and French did much more interesting cars than these (in this segment)but ,yo´re partner of germans,didn´t you?

  • Luis Alvarez

    The brazilians called the SP “Sem Potenza”, Without Power…

    • Gustavo Adriano

      What did you expect for a car that has the same Sedan engine? But I really agree that the car should have more than barely 60ps (around 57hp)

      • Ilbirs

        It wasn’t exactly the same powerplant of a Beetle, but a pancake engine (low cooling fan powered directly by the crank) like the one seen on the Type 3 but enlarged from 1,584 cm³ to 1,678 cm³ by using a bore of 88 mm instead of the 85.5 mm used in a 1.6 aircooled boxer. This engine is fed by two single carburetors, one for each two cylinder bank. All these changes are translated into 75 PS (gross), meaning that net power was less than this, something insufficient for a trully sport performance despite the lines that suggested this.


  • Ary Wisesa

    The Karman Ghia 14 and the SP2 are sexy.

  • john1168

    That SP2 looks great! Too bad the Ford Pinto didn’t look like that. Otherwise I think things would have been different for that car.

  • Miknik

    Nice vintage cars, but since when would a 5 door Passat B2 Formula E (an fuel saving model) qualify as one of VW’S finest coupes?

    That said, it’s funny how the most interesting coupes were limited to Brazil, for some reason..

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