Based on the DKW-Vemag, or Belcar after a while, the Vemaguet was the family wagon. Wagon + family + sunday = funday, so I really bent the theme day naming rules this time!
The name sounds French-y, but it’s actually a constructed word based on Vemag, the company that produced DKWs under license here in Brazil. The “guet” on the end is pronounced like “ghetti” in spaghetti!
Underneath, it was exactly like the DKW-Vemag. Same wheelbase, same chassis, same two stroke, three cylinder, one liter engine and same suicide doors! At least until ‘63, when they changed them for boring doors.
I think this model (and this car) have very beautiful lines. They’re very distinctive, a quick glance and you instantly know you’re looking at a DKW.
According to records, DKW made 47769 Vemaguets between 1958 and 1967. Even more rare than that was the DKW Caiçara, a completely stripped out version of the Vemaguet, without anything that wasn’t strictly necessary according to the traffic laws.
Only 1173 Caiçaras were sold, even though they costed 40% less than the Vemaguet.
In the time it was new, it was a very expensive car. But after a while, its price fell and fell, so some of them began being used for work. And some Vemaguets were converted into amazing little pickup trucks!
Needless to say, they’re very rare and expensive nowadays.
I hope you enjoyed, and bom domingo!