ALFA METAIS PUMAS
Alfa Metais produced five Puma models.
The AM-1 and AM-2 were air-cooled VW based coupes and convertibles similiar to the GTI and GTC.
The AM-3 and AM-4 were water-cooled VW based coupes and convertibles powered by a VW Gol (VW Fox in the U.S.) engine mated to a Brazilian VW Kombi diesel transaxle.
The AMV was an updated version of the GM based GTB.
Alfa Metais tried to take the cars up-market with plush interiors and other luxury features.
The factory continued to race in order to promote its image as a performance sports car.
Despite these efforts, sales were relatively low, with AMV production accounting for a higher proportion of the total than the GTB did in earlier times.
Alfa Metais also produced a successful line of Puma trucks, production of which did not end until 1998 (some sources say 1999).
The person most closely associated with this period of Puma history is Nivio de Lima, the managing director of Alfa Metais. De Lima, a fan of Puma cars, decided to make a serious attempt to revive and continue the marque. Alfa Metais assumed production from Araucaria Veiculos in 1987. The air-cooled AM-1 and AM-2 were quickly introduced from existing molds and tools. The GM based AMV was introduced in 1988. The water-cooled AM-3 and AM-4 followed in 1989 with revised styling and water-cooled engines. The Alfa Metais cars exhibited a high standard of finish, but they were not able to successfully compete with the more modern sports cars becoming available in the Brazil. Unfortunately, Nivio De Lima was killed in an automobile accident. Any future for Puma car production died with him.
The AM-2 was basically the GTC with a mild facelift.
AM-1 and AM-2 Factory Brochure
Brochure scans provided by Sandro Berlatto.
1988 GM Based AMV
As tested by Quatro Rodas.
1988 AMV Interior
The AMV was quite plush.
Alfa Metais Factory Photo
AMV, AM-3, and Puma truck.
Factory photo of an AMV and AM-2 Convertible.
Side intakes indicate that this is a water-cooled car.
AM-4 Convertible Factory Photo
From the cover of the owner's manual.
Side intakes helped to cool the engine.
Click here for more AM-4 pictures.
1989 AM-2 Convertible
The AM-2 lacks the side intakes of the AM-4.
Alfa Metais Factory Racer
Another shot of this cool racing machine.
Late Production Rear Engine Coupe
This car has a 2.0 liter water-cooled engine.
Another Late Production Coupe
Owner: Louis Lipp
1990 Alfa Metais Puma AMV
Owner: Jose Mauricio Silvestre
Another Sharp 1990 AMV
Here is a front view.
Owner: Marcelo J Costa
1991 Alfa Metais AMV
Owner: David Antonio Caparroz Salvadore
1996 Puma 914 Extended Cab Truck
Information on Alfa Metais Pumas is relatively scarce. Only a few were imported to the U.S. of which three, all AM-4 convertibles, are known to me. If anyone can provide additional information about the Alfa Metais period of Puma history, please contact me.