Today’s story is a result of the generosity of two friends: Bob Murray and Harold Pace.
During my recent travels during the Christmas holidays of 2011, I spent some time with Bob Murray of North Carolina. Bob was kind enough to lend material from his extensive literature collection, and when I saw the beautiful Amante GT catalog from ‘69/’70, I knew I had to share it with everyone here at Forgotten Fiberglass.
The other contributor is Harold Pace. Harold is the de facto kit car historian for the ‘60s and ‘70s and the following discussion of the Amante GT comes directly from his book, “The Big Guide To Kit and Specialty Cars.” Let’s take a look at what Harold had to say about the Amante GT.
The Big Guide to Kit And Specialty Cars
American Classics From The Past And Present
First introduced in 1969 as the Gazelle (no relation to the CMC neoclassic of the same name), the original manufacturer was Hebina Plastics in Santa Clara, California. The styling was an original design and the body would fit any VW pan except for bus or truck.
The Gazelle stood only 44” tall and engine choices included VW, Porsche or Corvair. The body had a steel roll bar, side bars and other body reinforcements molded in during the assembly process.
To add rigidity and a finished appearance, most panels had bonded inner panels. Dashboards were built-in and used optional clip-on upholstery to match the black vinyl interior liner. It used Rambler Marlin front and rear glass and roll-up side windows. The headlights had solid covers that hinged down to uncover the lights. Price was a reasonable $795 in 1969.
By 1970, Hebina had changed their name to Voegele Industries (for owner Bill Voegele) and the car had been renamed the Amante GT. Improvements were made, including an emphasis on the VW Variant Squareback / Fastback chassis option.
These VW’s were using fuel-injected engines and front-wheel disc brakes long before the Bug. One of the smarest options was a roll cage that added roof bars and tubes that extended forward to the nose and back to the tail inside the wheel wheels.
Note: Harold’s book covers more history of the Amante GT than what is shown above. For those of you interested in the complete history of the Amante GT, there are instructions on how to purchase Harold’s book at the end of today’s story.
Amante GT 1969 Brochure:
The next series of images is from the brochure (8 and ½ by 11 inches in size) and associated paperwork from the collection of Bob Murray. These show in totality what was received when you ordered the full brochure pack from Voegele Industries for the Amante GT sports car. As always, you can click on any of the images below and a larger image will appear on your screen.
Here are the images:
Amante GT 1969 Paperwork – Appended To Brochure:
Here is additional information that was included with the brochure packet when you ordered information from Voegele Industries:
Thanks again to Bob Murray and Harold Pace for making today’s story possible. For those of you interested in purchasing Harold’s book, click here and follow the instructions shown on the website.
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…
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