From time to time, outstanding cars from Brazilian brands appear around the world, despite their low production and relatively advanced age, which makes them rare to be seen even in their homeland.
This is the case of a Puma GT that is for sale in the United States for US$ 20,500, the equivalent of about R$ 110 thousand in direct conversion or the price charged in that country for a brand new Toyota Corolla. The national sports car was even exported to the US while it was online.
The car is in Florida and, according to the Cool Cars for Sale website, it can be sold anywhere in the world, with shipping and customs duties on request.
According to the ad, the model is 1979 model year with white paint configuration and gray coated interior. According to the description, the car comes with air conditioning, a sound system and electric windows – the last two items are not original.
In addition, it gained a support in the door covering to receive the speakers, which is also not part of the original model. The odometer seems to mark something in the region of 90,000 km covered and has not been transformed to the American standard for miles.
There are no details on the state of the mechanics, but the respective description informs that it is “functional” and original: this means the maintenance of the VW Beetle’s 1.6 air-cooled engine, associated with a four-speed manual gearbox, with rear-wheel drive.
From the images, you can see that the sound system installed in the car is not from the time when the Puma was sold brand new, but something more modern, including a small retractable screen. It is a DVD player, which was very successful in the first half of the 2000s, at least here in Brazil.
For those who don’t remember, most of the existing versions of the Puma were produced using the Volkswagen Beetle’s architecture and power train. One of the most striking incarnations of the fastback that had another base was the GTB, which uses Chevrolet Opala mechanics, with a 2.5 four-cylinder or 4.1 six-cylinder engine.
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