somehow they've stuck with the mantra that has driven Porsche from the very beginning in using proven components from Papa VW. no need to reinvent the wheel when you've other more important things to do like...make a 928 replica.
this sweet little number gracing our pixels is made by a company called Dacon in Brasil. what started out as a local Porsche representative, they had to move to greener pastures after car importation became prohibited in 1976. those greener pastures were their domestic VW brand
what Dacon did was begin designing a series of cars using, amongst other things, 928 rear lights. the first one was born in 1982, they called it the Dacon 828, the 82 stands for the year and the 8 was for the 8th car Dacon built on their own. the 828 had a little rear mounted air-cooled twin Solex 1.6 liter VW boxer engine putting out 65hp and mated to a four speed gearbox that apparently made it good for 142 km/h. designed by Anisio Campos, he of Puma design fame, they were sold from 1983 to about 1994...approximately 47 were ever sold.
the slides below are of the 828:
was it a practical car for the mass of Brasilians? not at that price. even the way it's engineered leaves little chance for the driver to survive hitting a speed bump. it weighs 650kg, has one seat made for three but there's only two seat belts, the entire body is made of fiberglass and resembles a hollowed out ball since the front of it is a separate piece held together by four wood screws. the whole kit sits on 10" phony phone dials, they uprated the rubber to a sporting 175/70 x 13 a bit later.
how they got away with literally copying the 928 squishing it into shape, is beyond me...I think big Poppa VW had some pull in putting it's arm out holding Porsche back from going at Dacon's throat. in all honesty, good on 'em. the best part of this car is the fact that they stuffed the engine in the back of the 928-mini; this was on the drawing board at one point for the original 928 before Fuhrmann slammed his fist down and had it put in the front...clearly this design would've appeased both he and Ferry.
this is a car Porsche shoud've built for commuters, city dwellers, or as a stepping stool for those who aspired to one day owning the real thing. Anisio was the Brasilian Wolfgang Möbius and quite frankly, he's a genius in my book...and that says a lot.