Monday, October 21, 2013

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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  1. Oh you have got to be bloody kidding me. I've never seen one of these IN MY LIFE and today I saw one driving west down Ocean Park Blvd in Santa Monica as I walked back from lunch. Plop my can down at the desk, take a nap for an hour or two, hit refresh on DT and here's another one!?

    The one I saw was white with quad-round tails (link below!). Front reminded me of a smaller Alpine, rear reminded me of an Opel GT. Whole thing looked like a Dino with Dwarfism, and sounded like a VW without the chirpy-clatter.

    2 in one day? Must be some kind of sign.

    Here's a link to the one I saw, all the way at the bottom of the page:

  2. Clean looking ride. Again, It would be fun to put a crate drive train in there with about 250 ponies so it could live up to its speedy looks.

    1. I'd say with that little weight, even 170hp would be more than enough. A Subaru Impreza engine would suffice. Then again, a BRZ engine could be a little more fun after all.

    2. Can't wait for them to come out with the turbo'd FA engine (BRZ/FRS). Lighter than the 2l in the base Impreza, more output than the 2.5l turbo in the WRX... That would be a hoot.

  3. I like the looks of these but have seen one up close and build quality is very kit car like so was a bummer.

  4. Would love to see a rotary in there. Sincerely, Rotard.


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