The end of DKW model was a severe knock-back for Puma, which was just starting to get settled. But, Rino had a card in his sleeve: he recovered a dormant project he had in stashed at Fazenda Chimbó. Thus, what was initially meant to be a race car made on the Karmann-Ghia’s platform, became the prototype of a new GT. After nine months of hard work, the Puma Volkswagen became reality. The small sports-car had a bright career: besides the success in Brazil, it was exported to more than 50 countries, including the United States, Japan and many others in Europe.