DKW GT MALZONI AND PUMA GT
Prior to producing the VW powered Pumas, the original Puma company built cars based on DKW components.
When Volkswagen of Brazil took over the Brazilian DKW operation, which was known as Vemag, VW basically inherited the relationship between the two companies.
Volkswagen could have abandoned Puma, but instead decided to continue to supply components to the small company.
Two evolutionary models were built with DKW components.
The original GT Malzoni was produced in small numbers as a sports racer.
A few street cars were also built.
Only about 35 Malzonis were made before it was replaced by a restyled version that was renamed the Puma GT.
Both models were front wheel drive powered by DKW three cylinder two stroke engines.
1966 DKW GT Malzoni
This was the predecessor to the DKW Puma GT.
Two Malzonis at the Monterey Historic Races
Three Brazilian Malzonis competed in the 1999 event at Laguna Seca.
GT Malzoni in Racing Trim
Another shot of Eduardo de Mello's outsanding GT Malzoni.
Paulo Lomba's GT Malzoni
Same Malzoni with a 1971 rally specification Puma GTE.
GT Malzoni Sports Racer
Malzonis were built prmarily for racing.
1967 DKW Puma GT Coupe
This was the immediate predecessor to the VW Pumas.
DKW Puma GT Factory Photo
The new car was aimed at the sports GT market.
The Last DKW Puma GT Coupe
Owner: Ricardo Prado
Dash and engine bay of Ricardo's DKW Puma.
DKW Puma GT Racer
From a recent classic car race at Interlagos.
Another DKW Puma GT
Carrozine photo used by permission of Jose Geraldo.
Several articles have appeared in recent years in Brazilian auto ethusiast magazines regarding these cars. Auto & Tecnica, Classic Cars, Ano 3, Number 32, has an extensive five page article on the GT Malzoni. O Radiador, December 1999, has a detailed article on the three GT Malzonis that went to Monterey that year. The best article I have seen on the Puma GT is in the March-April 1996 issue of O Radiador. All of these are in Portugese. I have original copies of these articles. If anyone knows of additional sources, please let me know.