1979 Puma 1600 GTS Spider with 1,250 genuine miles

Even though it only shows around 2,000 kilometers on its odometer, this 1979 Puma GTS Spider is a widely-traveled vehicle. That’s because it has managed to find its way from its original home in Brazil, all the way to Germany. From there, it is quite possible that the next owner might want to send it back to the USA, and the seller is willing to make that possible. Barn Finder Roger located the Puma for us, so thank you so much for that Roger. As I said, it is currently located in Germany, but the owner floats the idea of returning it to the US via Long Beach, California. The little classic is listed for sale here on Craigslist, but the price is a bit unclear. The owner mentions a price of £26,500 as well as a price of $26,500, so any potential buyers will need to clarify this.

The Puma was built in Brazil, and a number of them found their way to the US, both as complete cars, but more commonly, in kit form. Puma also exported complete cars to Europe, and while the owner quotes a figure of 188 cars in total, I haven’t been able to confirm this. Having found its way to Germany, the car has not exactly been worn-out through overuse, with only around 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) on its odometer. If the car is indeed original and unrestored, it does appear to be in good condition. The Silver paint has a nice shine to it, while the canvas top appears to be in good order. The original alloy wheels have been removed, and the car is now fitted with Mangels chrome wheels. The overall presentation of the Puma really does look to be very good.

The Puma is no a heavy car and is in fact significantly lighter than any average Volkswagen. That means that performance and handling is also a rung above what you would expect from a VW. The rear-mounted 1,600cc engine in this car produces 82hp, which it sends to the road via a normal VW 4-speed manual transaxle. The engine also presents quite nicely, and a photo of the underside of the vehicle doesn’t indicate any signs of fluid leaks. The owner does say that the engine and transmission are original, and while he doesn’t indicate how well the car runs and drives, he does say that it is fitted with new tires. We also get no interior photos of the Puma, but the owner does say that it is original and unmolested. The interior trim color is black and would feature bucket seats, and a really clean dash that is quite neatly designed, with gauges sourced from Volkswagen.

If you squint at a Puma GTS Spider, you can detect some very distant hints of the Porsche Boxter Spider and Alfa Romeo Spider in the styling. It is a car that I really like the look of, and I suspect that it would be a fun little car to get out on the road on a sunny day. To me, the big sticking point is the price. Regardless of whether we are talking £26,500 or $26,500, purchasing the car and then returning it to the USA is not going to be a cheap proposition. However, if we have any readers in Europe who are looking for something a little bit different, then maybe this is a car worth considering.


  1. alphasud Member

    Definitely uses VW pan with swing axles. Crazy how they used the late style oil cooler and relocated to left side as shown. Whoever gets this will need to do a lot of work to make it right. I’m sure they has some kind of seal between the engine and body. Otherwise you are recirculating the hot air.

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    • Dickie F.

      The coupe is on my bucket list, but not this price.
      As these were built in South Africa for a few years, there were quite a view hundred coupes built to a small market. So that price can probably finance a few projects to as new status.
      In fact, I remember a newly manufactured Puma selling for around $12500 about 10 years ago.Built to order in Pretoria, South Africa.

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      • Adriaan

        Dicky F are you from SA?

      • Dickie F

        @Adriaan yes from CT

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  2. Del

    I am not sure but I think the audience for a Puma is extremely small.

    So just doing my usual Reality gig, like the President, I would say at this price, it will Be NO DEAL

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  3. Midwest Jeff

    Since this car is 40 years old, it is no longer a Puma. It is now a Cougar.

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  4. bobhess bobhess Member

    Slick little car… price not so slick.

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  5. chrlsful

    fiat 850, eh?
    Sure looks it

  6. Steve D

    Pounds would make it less stupid.

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