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Jun 24

World Cup Classics: Five Vintage Cars That Were Built In Brazil

Puma GTs were offered as convertibles and coupes. (Photo: Puma GT)

Puma GTs were offered as convertibles and coupes. (Photo: Puma GT)

Even though the spotlight is now on Brazil for soccer, there are fairly few things Brazilian that the average American can accurately identify, including world-class soccer player Pelé, a national flag that actually looks like a professional graphic designer was involved and the magnificent food at Fogo de Chao. While Brazil’s indigenous are almost completely unknown outside of the country, here are five of our favorites:

1. 1966-95 Puma GT

Gold Puma GT Coupe. (Photo: Hagerty)

Puma GT Coupe (Photo: Hagerty)

As most people know, South America — and in particular, Brazil — is classic VW heaven. Sandy beaches, palm trees, sugar cane, Caipirinhas, piranhas and inexpensive air-cooled VW parts are all as common as knifings in a Rio de Janeiro favela. Naturally, several small car companies emerged using the abundant air-cooled VW power as the heart of their products. One of our favorites was the Puma GT. These attractive little were offered in coupé and convertible form. Using modified 1500 and 1600cc VW power with fiberglass bodies, Pumas looked good, were light and went well. Occasionally, they show up on eBay in the States.

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Jun 22

World Cup Fever: Audi Launches Giant LED Soccer Scoreboard

The Audi LED scoreboard reflects the score of Team USA's win over Ghana. (Photo: Audi)

The LED scoreboard reflects the score of Team USA’s win over Ghana. (Photo: )

Audi has joined in on the 2014 festivities by building a giant LED soccer scoreboard that is illuminated by the headlights of 28 Audi A8 sedans.

The 40-foot tall structure in Brooklyn, N.Y., is comprised of 45 shipping containers with the “digital clusters” being made up entirely of LED headlights on Audi’s flagship sedan. The scoreboard, which can be seen from miles away and even from an airplane, kicked off with Team USA’s victory over Ghana last Monday and will showcase the scores of every soccer match through July 14.

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