Thursday, July 2, 2015

Puma GTC / GTI

Well one very rare car from Brazil showed up on Hemmings this week for sale (credit for the pictures below, more available through the link) in the US. Never heard of it? well that’s because it was only built in Brazil due to the limitations on importing cars into the country until the mid 90’s.


The one below was a GTC model produced from 1973 until 1995 and had the option of various aircooled VW engines ranging from 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, and 2.0. Only completed cars were produced in Brazil, however a kit car was also produced for export. If you still like the styling of this two seater sportscar a version is still in production in South Africa.

I must admit I do like this car, its mash up of various contemporary cars of the time like the Alfa’s and Porsche's and it’s got a VW aircooled engine out back with that infectious sound, what’s not to like.









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2 comments:

  1. The Chevrolet straight 6 engine wasn't available for this model. The Chevrolet straight 6 was available for the Puma GTB, a totally different car, with engine in the front, looking more like a mix of Mustang and Chevelle than a small european sport car. The Chevrolet straight 6 engine came from the Chevrolet Opala, which was actually a Opel Rekord produced in Brazil with different lights and badges. Crazy brazilian automotive history...

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  2. Thanks for that AutoClandestino, I'll make changes to the post.

    Cheers

    Heath

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