In 1974, Puttzalong, now headed by Giuseppe’s son Giovanni (John) unveiled the GC2500. Aimed squarely at the Family Sport Premium market, it showed appeal to pretty much anyone wanting a “premium” car and was quite competitive. The engine was the same unit from the Model 60, but as a 2-barrel 105hp for the automatic, and a 4-barrel with 110hp to encourage sales of the manual.
One of these cars, in VERY modified form was entered by a wannabe racing driver in a time attack series in 1995. The competition pitted it against AWD’s, V12’s and raging beasts propelled by more than 580kW. The simple tech used by Puttzalong was hopefully not the only reason for the extremely poor showing. The car was last seen strapped onto a trailer… possibly heading to a scrap yard.
The 1979 update came with more “OOMPH!!” in the form of the 3.5L V8 seen in the Model 60 35-130, tuned to run on unleaded and producing 140hp. 300mm front discs (the earlier cars had 250mm) and slightly wider, low-profile tyres (185/60x15) saw sales in the Pony and Sport Budget markets.
The 1982 update still sold reasonably well as a Family Sport sedan. Still available as a 4 speed manual or 3 speed automatic, with both the 140HP 35A16 V8 and the 105HP FA 2.5 S18 I6 (1981) as options.