Kit cars can be a crapshoot due to their design, build quality, and parts. Caveat emptor in the truest sense for car lovers and weekend mechanics alike.
But what if you’re not buying a kit car? Instead, what if it’s an homage to a previous model customized by a former racing driver?
The Pick of the Day is a 1988 Puma Avallone (click on the link to see the ad) being advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com by a seller in Odessa, Florida.
“Brazilian racing driver Antonio Carlos Avallone who created this Avallone as an MG TF replica with a Brazilia- spec Chevrolet engine at the front and additional Chevrolet do Brazil mechanical running gear all around,” the listing states.
“MG awarded Mr. Avallone with a personal letter of congratulation for his efforts and “Best Replica Award” in 1978 at the Geneva Motor Show.”
Re-finished in cherry red, this Puma Avallone features a reupholstered off-white interior. The roof has been removed due to its poor condition, but the seller advises that the metal roof bracing is fine. The chassis and 4-cylinder engine are from a Chevrolet Chevette and this car features a 4-speed manual transmission.
Purchased by a father to introduce his child to the world of collector cars, this Puma Avallone has a story to which many can relate. But as many can attest as well, the realities of daily life can lead toward cleaning out the garage of once-cherished items.
“This cherry beauty was given to me by my father as a present years ago to try to get me into the classic car collecting hobby. We only drove it occasionally to celebrate good weather and special occasions,” the listing on ClassicCars.com states.
“Right now, I am the business owner of a 31-acre farm and naturally, all of my extra time and attention goes to my business. So, my beautiful Avallone has only seen daylight a few dozen times and I feel as if it would be rather unfair to keep it as just a garage ornament.”
For $20,000 you can own a unique homage to an iconic roadster touched by a former F1 driver.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.