Chevrolet Cheetah and Corvette - Corvette Forum

Go Back   Corvette Forum > C1 & C2 Corvettes, 1953 - 1967 > C1 & C2 Corvettes
Log In 
Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Vendor Directory
Search

C1 & C2 Corvettes
General C1 Corvette & C2 Corvette Discussion, Technical Info, Performance Upgrades, Project Builds, Restorations Sponsored by
Flaming River
Industries

Chevrolet Cheetah and Corvette

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-24-2008, 07:12 AM   #1
0Navy Blue
CF Senior Member
 
Navy Blue's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2000
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 14,057
Default Chevrolet Cheetah and Corvette

Every once in a while I come across pics of a Cheetah. It usually says Chevrolet or Chevrolet engine (around 1964). How does this car intertwine with the history of the Corvette? Was it a kit car?

Added later...

http://www.cheetahcars.com/history.htm

OK, I'm finding out more about this car. To me it looks a little like a cross between a 1960s Jaguar and a C2 Sting Ray. I really like the swoopy design and the "bobbed" tail...

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Last edited by Navy Blue; 02-24-2008 at 07:46 AM.
Navy Blue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 07:21 AM   #2
0Navy Blue
CF Senior Member
 
Navy Blue's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2000
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 14,057
Default

http://www.kitcarmag.com/featuredveh.../photo_01.html

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Last edited by Navy Blue; 02-24-2008 at 07:41 AM.
Navy Blue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 07:51 AM   #3
DansYellow66
CF Senior Member
 
DansYellow66's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2003
Location: Central Arkansas
Posts: 6,503
Default

Bare bones racer. I remember reading some articles about them off and on in the 60s. I actually saw an original one needing restoration, for sale at Petti Jean Antique Car Show here in Arkansas a few years ago.
DansYellow66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 07:56 AM   #4
0Navy Blue
CF Senior Member
 
Navy Blue's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2000
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 14,057
Default

I would have bought it (if I had the money)

Three more pics...

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.
Navy Blue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 08:15 AM   #5
covett
CF Senior Member
 
covett's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2006
Location: lockport Ill
Posts: 495
Default

a few years ago there was a tent at Bloomington Gold that had a display of a number of cheetah's, If I remember correctly you could still purchase one
covett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 11:16 AM   #6
K2
CF Senior Member
 
K2's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2000
Location: Chuckanut WA
Posts: 2,532
Default

Here's a few pics I took of the beautiful Alan Greene Cheetah at the Vintage Races at Pacific International Raceway in 2006.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.
K2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 01:48 PM   #7
c5thriler
CF Senior Member
 
c5thriler's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2002
Location: Strongsville Ohio
Posts: 199
Default Cheetah

I friend of mine is building these cars here in the Cleveland,Ohio area.I will pass along any interest you have.
c5thriler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 06:07 PM   #8
firstgear
CF Senior Member
St. Jude Donor '15
 
firstgear's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2003
Location: Norwalk ohio
Posts: 6,788
Send a message via AIM to firstgear
Default

Ruth Corvette

http://www.ruthcorvette.com/about.html1.html
firstgear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 06:08 PM   #9
0Navy Blue
CF Senior Member
 
Navy Blue's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2000
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 14,057
Default

I assume the original Cheetahs were running high performance 327 engines from 1963 and 1964 Corvettes. Does anyone know how much they weighed?

RER in Ohio
http://www.americancheetahracing.com/about.html

BTM in Arizona
http://www.kitcarmag.com/featuredveh...car/index.html

So are there two different companies building Cheetahs now?

Last edited by Navy Blue; 02-24-2008 at 06:23 PM.
Navy Blue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 06:18 PM   #10
wmf62
CF Senior Member
St. Jude Donor '07
Support Corvetteforum!
 
wmf62's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2006
Location: Inverness FL
Posts: 12,508
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by firstgear View Post
pretty girl. ugly front (not the girl's..); looks like it has a fat lip...
Bill
wmf62 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 06:35 PM   #11
0Navy Blue
CF Senior Member
 
Navy Blue's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2000
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 14,057
Default

Video and audio of Cheetah warming up...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY_Tea4OAJM
Navy Blue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 09:38 PM   #12
JohnZ
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Member Since: Oct 2000
Location: Washington Michigan
Posts: 35,169
Default

Alan Green Cheetah at the Monterey Historics, 2006, with Webers.
Attached Images
 
JohnZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 10:03 PM   #13
Ol Blue
CF Senior Member
 
Ol Blue's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2004
Posts: 370
Default

Cheetah at the 2008 Monterey Historics.
Ol Blue

Click the image to open in full size.
Ol Blue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2008, 01:49 AM   #14
Procrastination Racing
CF Senior Member
 
Procrastination Racing's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 2001
Location: Ocala FL
Posts: 5,032
Default

Bill Thomas' Cheetah was another of many cars that filled the modified sports car classes of the late '50s and early '60s. Another of a similar design was the Devin. Devin were both pre-assembled cars and kit cars, and designed to run anything from Triumph and MG power and drivetrains to Chevy small blocks.

http://cwimg.sv.publicus.com/apps/pb...=1530&maxw=350

Click the image to open in full size.

There were many cars that had this same basic shape in the '50s and the Cheetah basically took it with a coupe body and moved things further back to get even better front to rear weight ratios. If you look closely, the driver is nearly between the rear wheels. It was probably too much, as most accounts I have heard of said they were wicked to drive.

I believe Tom is accurate on the weight, as they were lighter than the Grand Sports. If you notice that second picture at the top of this thread, you see a Grand Sport behind the guy standing on the right.
Procrastination Racing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2008, 10:32 AM   #15
0Navy Blue
CF Senior Member
 
Navy Blue's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2000
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 14,057
Default

http://www.kitcarmag.com/featuredveh...car/index.html

Bill Thomas has authorized BTM of Arizona to produce the Cheetah continuation series.
Navy Blue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2008, 10:33 AM   #16
kenmo
CF Senior Member
 
kenmo's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2000
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada NS
Posts: 5,044
Default

I owned a Cheetah once but it was a 1/32 scale electric slot car. I was 10 years of age at the time and I've always been fascinated by this car...

This link brings back many good memories of electric slot car racing and building 1/24 - 1/25 scale plastic car kits (AMT, Monogram, MPC, Revell, etc)...
kenmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2008, 01:43 PM   #17
Mark_Milner
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,923
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kenmo View Post
I owned a Cheetah once but it was a 1/32 scale electric slot car. I was 10 years of age at the time and I've always been fascinated by this car...

This link brings back many good memories of electric slot car racing and building 1/24 - 1/25 scale plastic car kits (AMT, Monogram, MPC, Revell, etc)...
Me, too. It may still be around in some of my old junk. That Cheetah was so cool. The La Cucharacha (sp?) by *** was one wicked car, but I never got one.
__________________
---------------------------------------------
The baddest coupe in the Corvette Valley
Not related to Martin Milner, but maybe John Milner.
Mark_Milner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2008, 03:31 PM   #18
65Corvette
CF Senior Member
 
65Corvette's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2003
Posts: 383
Default

Chevrolet's answer to the Cobra:
Click the image to open in full size.
65Corvette is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2008, 05:11 AM   #19
0Navy Blue
CF Senior Member
 
Navy Blue's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2000
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 14,057
Default

Any more pics of The Cheetah?
Navy Blue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2008, 10:35 AM   #20
c5thriler
CF Senior Member
 
c5thriler's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2002
Location: Strongsville Ohio
Posts: 199
Default Cheetah

Suggest you go to Ruth Restorations web site.
__________________
c5thriler is offline   Reply With Quote
Go Back   Corvette Forum > C1 & C2 Corvettes, 1953 - 1967 > C1 & C2 Corvettes
Reload this Page Chevrolet Cheetah and Corvette
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FS: 1995 ZR1 Owners Manual Kit- NOS & Sales Brochures TurboRegal84 C4 ZR-1 Discussion 0 01-10-2015 09:37 AM
For Sale: 2004 Z06 Commemorative Edition #2021 of 2025 19K Miles - NJ TurboRegal84 Northeast 5 09-29-2014 08:48 AM
1978 Covette 25th Anniversary Edition 17,000 Miles 1 Owner TurboRegal84 C3s for Sale/Wanted 8 06-18-2014 02:48 PM
pic test jdsaengine Testing 1 04-10-2014 09:50 AM
Bone stock 2006 corvette alamantia C6 Corvettes for Sale 5 02-19-2014 05:20 PM


Tags
auxier, az, bill, bob, cheeta, cheetah, cheta, chev, chevrolet, chevy, corvette, corvettes, ruth, sale, thomas


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Click for Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

 
Corvette Store
 
 
C7 Parts & Accessories
C6 Parts & Accessories
C5 Parts & Accessories
C4 Parts & Accessories
C3 Parts & Accessories
C2 Parts & Accessories
C1 Parts & Accessories
Wheels & Tires
Sponsored Ads
Vendor Directory
 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:04 PM.


Emails & Password Backup