Big things with little cars

Sunday funday - DKW Vemaguet

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!

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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.

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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.

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Only 1173 Caiçaras were sold, even though they costed 40% less than the Vemaguet.

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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!

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Needless to say, they’re very rare and expensive nowadays.

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I hope you enjoyed, and bom domingo!

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