Saturday, May 30, 2015

10k: Diamond Plate In The Rough: 1982 Puma GTI

The Puma GTI was a Volkswagen based "sports" car that was built in São Paulo, Brazil for local consumption. A few made the trip to the United States as kit-cars to avoid emissions regulations, but the seller of this one claims "THIS IS NOT A SHELL FOR ALL THE EMAILING BADMOUTHING KOOKS THAT SEND MESSAGES OUT OF THE BLUE".  Things won't get any better for the seller now that the bad mouthing kooks at DT know about this car, but it seems interesting for the price.  Find this 1982 Puma GTI offered for $8,000 (NOT 5000 DOLLARS, NOT 5500, NOT 6000, NOT 6500, NOT 6800 DOLLARS.. 7000 CASH MAYBE !!!!!) in Merrimac, MA via craigslist.

The Puma GTE/GTI was the brainchild of Brazilian racer and businessman Genaro "Rino" Malzoni and originally used Volkswagen's Karmann-Ghia Type 14 as the chassis.  The Type 14 went out of production in 1973 and the Puma was transferred onto the Volkswagen Brasilia chassis. 

The body shape does a great job of hiding its Volkswagen roots (I say that as a good thing, BTW) and you won't know what is under the hood until you pop it open....or start it up.  VW's pancake-4 has a distinctive breeetle-breeelte brapaa-taat that causes an instant gag punch-an-intern reflex in the Jeremy Clarkson's of the world.

The interior is festooned with "diamond plate" -- a substances that no more belongs on the inside or out of a car than it does on the outside of a wedding cake.  Now that I think of it, I can't imagine any practical use of diamond plate that is prudent, expect perhaps as an anti-slip surface on some kind of industrial catwalk -- but even that use is questionable given the cost/availability of skateboard style sandpaper tape.  

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  1. I am a big fan of the Puma and this isn't a bad example (save for the diamond plate). I isn't a type 4 pancake but a type 1 upright standard 1600cc (ask me how I know). When you lower it a bout an 1 1/5 and put some vintage Porsche rims on it it really looks greats. This from a guy who owns a 1969 Karmann Ghia for the last 14 years. This is one of the better kits out there.

  2. If you run too much nos those diamond plate floorboards blow out. True fact.

  3. holy shouting CL post batman.

  4. What's up with the blue painter's tape running across the windshield, rain gutters and back glass?

    1. latest ad says the blue tape was because he was painting the roof black, uh, targa style! Um, wonder how that came out?

  5. They're trying to hold the windows in with it?

  6. This one's been on CL in Boston a bunch, probably since at least last fall. I dunno what the deal with the seller is...

    But he's inspired at least one RE: at CL.

    Response Ad

    Apparently the seller took the original ad down, it must have been inspired people to actually email him? Anyway, reposted ad is here:

    Reposted Original

  7. Youre all too funny..I own the car..Chef Nikos !! And wait until you see the motor of vw/porsche Iowa just shipped a stunning new 1640 dual carbed engjne to my NH mechanics.. tbe.install will begin monday.alng with a beautiful Monza GT header system..4 into 2 Pipes out tbe back!! New brakes..etc..Im moving from.Massachusetts to Miami in November..if anyone wants to buy it..ill take ten grand

  8. FYI ! 10000 cash BUYS IT ! Cash on my kitchen table folks ! I JUST INSTALLED a new dual carbed1640 cc engine gorgeous MONZA GT Exhaust...4 INTO 2 PIPES ..New GOODYEAR Eagle GT Tires...waiting on NEW RIMS ! I. IT PUUURRRRRRZZZZ VROOM VROOM

    1. go on then, post a photo of the new motor! - if you can't work the comment tech, just email some photos to and we'll get it done

    2. What is your issue ? I don't have to prove a thing to you..I'm a 55year old man that has collected exotics all his life.Prove by photo I put a new engine in my car?? PROVE IT? You're nothing to me..

    3. oh, nick - your fuel mix running a bit lean? - or is that your meatloaf?

      where i'm from, "go on then" is an idiomatic expression intended to express honest enthusiastic encouragement - as in: "fancy a back rub?" - "go on then"

      here, the intent was as if i had said: "cool! - new motor! - show us, show us, show us! - we love to see new motors installed!"

      come down off the ceiling and show us photos of your engine, you spicy meatloaf

  9. when will people just be enthused about another RARE CAR BEING REVIVED.....INSTEAD OF ALL YOUR DUMB COMMENTS...TAPE? Holding the windows in? Why not praise a purist? I was driving PUMA CONVERTIBLES IN 1981 while living in Tokyo for 7years as a about a I've thousand dollar infusion I just invested into this beautiful car that I've appreciated for 25 years...grow up kiddies !


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