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Hofstetter

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Hofstetter, a distinctive brand in Brazil’s automotive history, made its mark with the Hofstetter Turbo, a sports car steeped in ambition and innovation. Conceived by Mario Richard Hofstetter in the 1970s, the car emerged from design to reality in 1984. It was Brazil’s answer to stringent import restrictions that limited foreign luxury vehicles, embodying a dream to establish a domestic sports car market.

The Hofstetter Turbo was introduced at the XIII Salão do Automóvel, showcasing its avant-garde design inspired by the Alfa Romeo Carabo. It was known for its fiberglass body and the iconic gull-wing doors reminiscent of the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a design choice that underscored its sporty aspirations. Initially equipped with a Volkswagen Passat’s 1.6 engine, it later upgraded to a 1.8 turbo engine from the Volkswagen Gol GT, enhancing its performance credentials.

Despite its pioneering design and engineering, the Hofstetter Turbo

Hofstetter, a distinctive brand in Brazil’s automotive history, made its mark with the Hofstetter Turbo, a sports car steeped in ambition and innovation. Conceived by Mario Richard Hofstetter in the 1970s, the car emerged from design to reality in 1984. It was Brazil’s answer to stringent import restrictions that limited foreign luxury vehicles, embodying a dream to establish a domestic sports car market.

The Hofstetter Turbo was introduced at the XIII Salão do Automóvel, showcasing its avant-garde design inspired by the Alfa Romeo Carabo. It was known for its fiberglass body and the iconic gull-wing doors reminiscent of the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a design choice that underscored its sporty aspirations. Initially equipped with a Volkswagen Passat’s 1.6 engine, it later upgraded to a 1.8 turbo engine from the Volkswagen Gol GT, enhancing its performance credentials.

Despite its pioneering design and engineering, the Hofstetter Turbo faced challenges in the market, producing only 18 units between 1986 and 1991. Today, it remains a rare and valued collectible, a testament to Brazil’s brief but bold foray into the sports car segment​

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