5k: Never See Another One In A Brazilian Years: 1977 Puma GTE


The Puma GTE is a small rear-engined sports car built by a Brazilian company that was typically exported engine-less to qualify as a kit car and then a locally sourced aircooled VW or Porsche flat-4 was added to let the car run on its own juices.  The fiberglass body created what was essentially a good looking Karmann Ghia (aka VW Type 34).  Find this 1977 Puma GTE bidding on ebay for $6,901 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go, located in Norman, OK.

 

At first glance the Puma looks like something styled by some Italians, which it probably was given the founder was a racer and businessman named Genaro “Rino” Malzoni.  Precious little information is available on the net but the fiberglass body looks like the Brazilian born son of a Ferrari Dino and Alpine A110 parents.  Not a bad looking car to hid a VW engine in the back of.

If the sound and slowness of a 1.6 liter Volkswagen engine puts you off,
then you should probably skip this feature because it is going to be
slower than putty in January and sound like it too!  The 1.6 liter aircooled flat four is going to be in the sub 100 horsepower range unless you plan on adding significant internal and external modifications.

Evidence of VW parts bin scavenged pieces include VW embossed brake/clutch pedals – but with the limited interior shots included in the advertisement it is hard to get a good idea of the over feel and layout.  

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