A SHORT HISTORY OF THE VENTURA
NOTE: The information for this article and the scan of the Ventutra ad were sent by Louis Lipp, a Brazilian car ethusiast who owns a Puma AM-4 and a Bianco S.
Louis lives in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil, where he is currently restoring his AM-4.
The L'Automobile Company started out in 1976 making fiberglass replicas of a 1931 Alfa Romeo sports car on a Volkswagen chassis. With this success, the company decided to built a "modern" car of its own design. The Ventura came out in 1978 and started selling in September of that year. It continued the theme of using a VW chassis and VW air-cooled engine. Two years later, Ventura exports began to the United States, Germany, and Argentina. Beginning in 1981, the Ventura came in two models, the SLE and the RS. The RS was basically the same car, but was equipped with a 1.6 liter water cooled engine (Brazilian VW Passat TS). The car was facelifted in 1984, and a convertible version was made available. Very few convertible Venturas were produced. Both the convertible and the coupe were available with 1.6 liter and 1.8 liter engine, with the 1.8 making 84 horsepower. The 1.6 liter engine was dropped after 1986. When equipped with the 1.8 liter engine, The Ventura was capable of a top speed of 185 kilometers per hour. In 1988, the car went through a major overhaul, almost changing the car completely. The new car was called the Ventura II. The Ventura II had a 2.0 liter engine and a more "classic" look. The new car was not successful. Very few Ventura II's were built, with and production ended that same year.
Brazilian Ventura Ad