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1988 Puma MG TF

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Anyone out there have any info on the 1988 Puma MG TF? We are restoring one for a client and have been looking to see if there is another one like it.

 

Thanks!

 

Joanne Pistorius

joanne@oldwheel.com

813-714-1019

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As fas as I know Puma (of Brazil) never made an MG copy. There were two major manufacturers for these copies in Brazil; Avallone and Lafer. If your car was made in Brazil it is most likely one of those. How does the ID plate in the car look like?

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Per the client, this is what we know:

1. 1988 Puma Avallone, VIN 9AMCA641XM198801. We believe the "198801" indicates that it may have been the first built in 1988. Built by Carlos Avallone (F1 Racer) in Brazil, not a "kit car", custom built to the specs of his customers to look like an MGTF-1500 (although it is one foot longer and one foot wider, and doors open standard way).

2. Purchased in 2005 by our client, from a NASA engineer in Muscle Shoals (Huntsville), Alabama.

3. Heavy Fiberglass body,  . 1988 Chevette motor & chassis. Engine code VO721CYB indicates V (flint Michigan), 07 (July) 21 (21st day), but we are not sure of what the CYB engine suffix code indicates. CYB was used in both 1976 (60hp) and 1978 (63hp) as 1.6L. CYB was also used in 1982 as a 1.8L in Chevy Cavalier (88hp, 112 cid) 4 cylinder overhead cam, breather on right, intake on left. Mexican peso stamped on valve cover. Aluminum head. Exhaust manifold GMA 459982N. Ford carburetor.

 

We are wondering if there are any others like it, and of course how to value it.

 

 

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These cars were distributed in the USA by Bremen Motor Corporation. As they also sold Puma cars (much better known than Avallone) I believe they registered the Avallones as Pumas in the States. Avallone was a separate make having no connection to Puma.

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Thanks for the info! I see that Bremen Motor Corp (Queens NY) has been dissolved. What do you mean by the Avallones having no connection with Puma? Both logos are represented on the car.

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Puma Veiculos e Motores Ltda and Avallone Aciei Lda were two different manufacturers - both loceted in Sao Paulo. Most likely the dealer (or somebody else) has added the Puma badge.

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Thank you! I followed your last clue with Bremen Motors and found Larry Hines in Bremen Indiana with Special Edition Cars. He knew Carlos Avallone and was very helpful to explain that Puma and Avallone are 2 different companies as you rightfully explained as well. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

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