The parts have been unearthed in a warehouse near Asuncion, Paraguay’s capital city. Diesa SA, the local VW importers, were founded in 1953. Due to nine-month shipping times from Germany and predicted VW sales figures they decided to stock pile spare parts for all the Volkswagens sold in Paraguay. As Volkswagens proved to be very reliable cars there wasn’t as much demand for spares as had been initially envisaged so the 3500 square-foot warehouse has remained full ever since!
The parts haul includes some rare early Beetle spares including gearboxes, crankshaft bearings, steering parts and front axles. Some of the parts have already been returned to Germany where they are recorded, tested and made available for sale through vw-classic parts.
Photos by Stefan Warter