Ah, the Cheetah – the American sportscar that never was to be. Looking like the voluptuous result of a one-night stand between a Chevrolet Corvette and a Lotus Seven, the Cheetah was conceived as a Chevy-backed answer to the Shelby Cobra. Unfortunately, the factory suffered a devastating fire back in 1965, General Motors pulled its support and the dream faded away.

Fast-forward to 2007 when an outfit in Arizona called BTM got authorization from the Cheetah's original father, Bill Thomas (who passed away the following year), to build a series of "continuation cars." That is, officially sanctioned replicas of a small volume car long since out of production. The faithful were elated, but now it seems the Cheetah has died again as BTM has closed up shop.

According to Hemmings, tooling and licenses are now up for grabs, but an online auction that included everything a new investor would need to begin production anew reportedly failed to attract a single bid after starting at $120,000. Cats may have nine lives, but whether the Cheetah will get a third remains to be seen.

UPDATE: The eBay Motors Cheetah auction has been relisted with a lowered reserve sitting at $100,000 and no bids. Check it out here.


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      Brandon Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car seems ugly, but it's not. It's one of the fastest cars built in the 60's and has some extremely awesome tidbits that make it even more awesome than a Shelby Cobra. It's lighter and more balanced. It's actually properly mid-engined in the fact that the engine is actually closer to the rear wheels than it is to the front. BUT you still sit behind the engine so your butt is BEHIND the rear axle. No other car is that cool, as silly as it looks, this car is a true monster. I don't care that it's out of production, there's a few kit car companies that do a plenty good job of providing those who want a Cheetah a good way to get one.
        Brandon Allen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brandon Allen
        Sorry, the engine/trans assembly is mounted closer to the rear than the front. The engine itself, at least in these pics is clearly just a tad closer to the front axle. Regardless, the COG of the whole assembly is closer to the rear. This I think is a pretty sweet segment about it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBG9MPnpXF4&feature=related
      • 3 Years Ago
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      bangzoomer
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is so ugly it HURTS just to look at it.
      NissanGTR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its a OHV V8, on a generic chassis with a cheap frp 70's shell on it. Try more like 15-20k starting price if that.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        Generic chassis? You don't read much do you? And you came after me for not knowing anything automotive wise lol. The chassis is car exclusive. It wasn't based on anything. The chassis was built by the race team. The only thing related to the Corvette was the V8. Speaking of... What's wrong with an OHV V8?
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      Opel GT might be a reasonable alternative if you really like this.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David
        Except the Opel GT doesn't come with a V8...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Koz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I could have sworn a friend had one back in 67.
      frstripp
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a jag cross with a vett / jagvetty xk, and with that hood length a V12 would fit
      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lotus? Um, Jaguar? Also the Corvette Grand Sport was the Cobra fighter - the Cheetah has serious design flaws - thus the continued failure.
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