BILL'S 1976 PUMA GTE
The first four pictures were taken shortly after my Puma GTE arrived by truck from Illinois.
It's mileage (so to speak) was 16,485 kilometers on the kilometers only speedometer.
That equates to only 10,243 original miles.
I believe that the car was used mostly for autocrossing and thus the low mileage.
The body had never been drilled for an outside rear view mirror or a radio antenna.
My understanding is that this car was assembled from Puma factory parts, has a Puma supplied 1600 engine, and was sold as a complete vehicle.
The carburators were changed over to dual Webers.
This was the only mechanical modification made to the car.
When delivered into my hands the car did not have a spare tire or jack and the original tools were missing.
Other than that, it was and still is pretty much a dead basic Puma GTE.
Fast forward a couple of years. A period casette radio, radio antenna, and a period racing mirror have been added. In addition, the faded parking lamp lenses have been replaced and the tail lamp lenses have been changed over to the three color amber/red/clear type. The original exhaust system was replaced with a stock appearing system made by Kadron and imported from Brazil. A fire extinguisher that fits the original bracket was located and installed. A spare tire on a Puma mag rim, scissors jack, and a tool kit have been added under the hood. The leaky windshied washer reservoir was replaced with an aftermarket type. New original type chrome engine lid hinges were installed and a reproduction "1600" emblem was acquired from Brazil to complete the engine lid trim. To this point, I have not had to do any major mechanical work to the car.