Year of foundation: 1976
Founders: Luís Guilherme Gama e Cecília Victoria Alves
Name meaning: Gama-Alves Motores, Motocicletas e Automóveis (Gama-Alves Engines, Motorcycles and Automobiles)
In 1966 Luís Guilherme started his business: the Gamma Garage. He and his family worked on it, including his wife Cecília. During the following 10 years they did a lot of different kind of works, from simple repairs to totally new builds for race or work purposes.
It’s 1975, the couple has been listening ideas from close friends and customers to start a car company, the internal market was closed so it was a good time to start a national brand. They did have quite a sum of money saved, so they thought carefully and decided it was worth the risk. Talking with their friends and some close clients they got everything set to start the company the next year.
1976, the company starts, a client and friend of the family had some connections in Europe and got Gamma a contract with TTL GmbH (a polish company that later would be know as MEN Nutfahrzeuge AG) to produce a vehicle using their 1260X chassis and body and a contract with VanHohe (a dutch engineering company that produces engines, transmissions and other things) to power their car.
With this Gamma is born.