Puma GTs were offered as convertibles and coupes. (Photo: Puma GT)
Even though the spotlight is now on Brazil for soccer, there are fairly few things Brazilian that the average American can accurately identify, including world-class soccer player Pelé, a national flag that actually looks like a professional graphic designer was involved and the magnificent food at Fogo de Chao. While Brazil’s indigenous cars are almost completely unknown outside of the country, here are five of our favorites:
1. 1966-95 Puma GT
Puma GT Coupe (Photo: Hagerty)
As most people know, South America — and in particular, Brazil — is classic VW heaven. Sandy beaches, palm trees, sugar cane, Caipirinhas, piranhas and inexpensive air-cooled VW parts are all as common as knifings in a Rio de Janeiro favela. Naturally, several small car companies emerged using the abundant air-cooled VW power as the heart of their products. One of our favorites was the Puma GT. These attractive little sports cars were offered in coupé and convertible form. Using modified 1500 and 1600cc VW power with fiberglass bodies, Pumas looked good, were light and went well. Occasionally, they show up on eBay in the States.
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