1968 Puma GTS 1600 Spider.
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Commonly referred to as "The world’s greatest unknown sports car", this great little roadster is a product of Brazil, manufactured in the 1960's. The cars utilized Volkswagen components and were assembled as turn key sports cars in a small manufacturing facility 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 Volkswagen components in 1967.
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.
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