The answer is quite simple. In the 1950s, the local importer of VW in Paraguay, Diesa SA had to keep a sufficient inventory of spare parts for the models it sold. This was very necessary as those days the delivery time for parts took about nine months. So it was very necessary for the importer to keep a vast amount of stock.
Anyway, the spare parts stock kept building up over the years simply because the VW Beetle was so darn reliable until the parts weren’t needed. Some models did not sell as expected and the dealer usually ends up with a ton of slow moving spares.
This loss in the past is now for collectors in the present to gain. Diesa SA has about 3500sq ft of spare parts of old VWs since the 1950s. This includes rare and hard to find items like engine and transmission units for Beetles and other VWs. What was also found are body parts like bonnets and doors for the 2nd generation Audi 100.
Actually, all the items found, whether big or small are somewhat rare and scarce in the market and would be near impossible to remanufacture due to current production costs.
Seven containers have been shipped back to Germany for cataloging and resale eventually. This gives a new lease of life to old VW and Audis throughout the world. I wonder whether there could be some dusty store somewhere in Malaysia (I doubt anything like this could be found in Singapore due to the lack of land and space) where tons of old Datsun and Toyota spares would suddenly surface.
If anyone has any old VW or Audi that they intend to put back together or in need of some parts, head over to www.audi.de/tradition-parts or www.vw-classicparts.de for more information.