lunes, 18 de marzo de 2013

vw puma

The Puma is a Volkswagen based specialty sports car built in Brazil. Strict Brazilian regulations which restricted imports to encourage domestic automobile production led to the development of the Puma and other specialty vehicles. Production began in 1964 using DKW components, with a switch to VW components in 1967. This necessitated a change from front engine, front wheel drive to rear engine, rear wheel drive. The first Pumas were built strictly for racing, but it was not long before they were being built for street use. Pumas were sporadically imported to the U.S. during the 1970's and 1980's. Although the Puma was not designed as a kit car, the cars were imported in kit form. The "kit" was actually a complete car less the front suspension, transaxle, engine, wheels, and tires. The missing components were available from the distributor, or the buyer could supply the needed parts. Less restrictive regulations permitted the importation and marketing of complete cars in Canada. Pumas were also popular in South Africa, and an assembly plant was established there. Exports to Europe were limited to small numbers through a distributor in Switzerland. Puma built some front engine rear wheel drive models based on Brazilian Chevrolet components, but these were not exported. Once the Brazilian market was opened to imports, the domestic market for the Puma declined significantly. The original Puma company went into receivership in the mid-1980's, and production ended for a time. Production of both the VW and Chevrolet based models resumed when the Araucaria company bought the machinery and tooling. After a short period, production was taken over by Alfa Metais. A few rear engine Pumas with water cooled VW engines were made during the final years of production, but sales of these were low. Over 22,000 Puma automobiles were produced over the life of the marque. Puma also produced a line of special bodied light trucks, which continued in production after Puma automobile production ended.

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1967 DKW Puma Coupe

1976 Puma GTE 1600 Coupe

1978 Puma GTE in White

Owner: Paul Lang

Another Puma GTE Coupe

This car has a 2180 engine with dual Webers.
Owner: Arsenio Fornaro

1970's Puma GTS Convertible

1970's Puma GTE Coupe

Another Puma GTE in Yellow

1980's Puma GTI Coupe

Very Sharp Puma GTI Coupe

1973 Puma Coupe

1978 Puma Coupe Rear View

1985 Puma GTC Convertible

1981 Puma GTC Convertible

1981 Puma GTC and 1972 Karmann Ghia

South African Puma Coupe

This is a second run car from 1989-1991.
More pictures of Pumas made in South Africa.

1992 Puma AM-4

Canadian Market GTI Coupe

Puma GTI Coupe from Finland

Owner: Timo Tapper

1979 Puma GTS Convertible

1984 Puma GTC Convertible

1977 Puma GTE Coupe

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