VW Puma GT(E)
The rich history of VW Puma car in Brazil
It all began all in the mid-1960 when Malzoni made the first prototype VW Puma GT on his sugar cane farm in Matão, in the interior of São Paulo. Born for the tracks, the Volkswagen Puma car went to the streets and became very successful in Brazil and abroad. Her racing debut was at the American Grand Prix at Interlagos, the GP of the Americas. Any car produced by Puma is now a collector´s item.
The central idea behind the development of the VW Pumas has always been the same: to make the bodywork with an aerodynamic design and using fiberglass, a very light material. In total over 22,000 VW Puma cars were produced.
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VW Puma restoration
In our own garage we restore Volkswagen Pumas. Our team will restore the fiberglass to perfect condition again. With spare parts still available, your Volkswagen Puma will become a real collectors item.
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VW Puma GT
The history of the Brazilian car manufacturer VW Puma started with the production of the Volkswagen Puma GT in 1964. The sports car from Brazil initially used components of the German car brand DKW (precursor of the German car brand Audi) and therefor this first models were also known as the Puma DKW. Only around 135 units were produced. It was even awarded by Quatro Rodas magazine as the best Brazilian car project.
A few years later the components of DKW were replaced by the chassis of Karmann Ghia and the mechanics of Volkswagen. As a consequence the front engine and front-wheel drive of the Volkswagen Puma car GT changed to a rear engine and rear-wheel drive. The wheelbase was reduced to only 2.15 meters, which gave it great agility. Like most sports cars, it was low, with long hood and short rear. Just behind the side windows, in the rear column, there were air intakes for engine cooling. The second generation Puma GT (P2) and the first Puma´s GTE are known by the name ´tubarão´ which means shark in Portuguese. The refers to the air intakes to the engine which resemble to the gills of a shark. The models with a 4-cylinder engine are called Puminhas.
This second version of the Puma GT was manufactured between March 1968 and 1970. The whole design of this beauty was based on the Lamborghini Miura and 423 units were manufactured in total.
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In our own garage we restore Volkswagen Puma´s and other cars like the Miura and Bianco Sports besides off course Volkswagen T2 camper vans and Volkswagen T1´s.
As VW Puma cars use parts from cars that had great sales in Brazil, such as the VW Beetle and the Chevrolet Opala, replacement parts are relatively easy to find. The bodywork, as it is made of fiberglass, can be repaired by companies specializing in this material like Kombi Warriors.
Volkswagen Puma GTE
In 1970 the VW Puma GT was displayed for the first time at an international event, at the Ibero-American Fair of Servilha, in Spain. Foreign legislation required some safety changes, such as: side lamps, double brakes and a headrest on the seats. Other improvements were also introduced to the car such as a 1600 engine. From that moment on the adjusted Puma GT is known as Puma GTE where the letter E refers to exportacão (exporting).
In 1971, VW Puma presented a new variant in its range of bodies: the Puma GTS, the Spider (cabriolet) version of the Volkswagen Puma GT. It was a convertible with a canvas roof or a hard top, although the latter option was the least accepted by the public.
Puma ended production of the GTE in 1980. This was the highest production model of Puma, totaling 8,705 units.
In the early 1980s, the manufacturer began to face difficulties and ended up closing its activities in 1985. Since then, different companies have acquired the brand and relaunched it, but none of these initiatives has been lasting.
VW Puma restoration
Thinking of buying your own Volkswagen Puma? At Kombi Warriors we have our specialized team in working with fiberglass. Contact us to receive a tailor made budget and to discuss possibilities.