Cheetah: You can buy the company that produces the iconic muscle car

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    Cheetah: You can buy the company that produces the iconic muscle car

    Keep the Iconic Cheetah Muscle Car Alive by Buying the Company That Builds It
    All the molds, tooling, fixtures, and more required to build the Cheetah are for sale—now's the time to save it.
    BY CHRIS TEAGUE
    MARCH 8, 2020
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    If you've ever dreamed of owning a car company, now is your chance to step up and make it a reality. The small-scale coachbuilder responsible for producing the long-running but little-known Cheetah muscle car is up for sale, meaning it could be up to you to save the rascally V-8 bruiser’s future. Ruth Engineering and Ruth Restorations, the companies behind Cheetah Evolution, are getting out of the custom car business and are including all the necessary resources—sans a shop —in their sale of the company.

    The Cheetah has a storied history as the car has been made by a few different groups over the years and was used extensively for racing in the 1960s. It can all be traced back to Bill Thomas, who aimed to take down Carroll Shelby’s Cobra some 50-plus years ago at tracks across America. This meant building a car that was lightweight and had big time power, typically from a Corvette V-8. The result was a squirrelly machine that had its flaws, sure, but was extremely quick on any given day that the driver could muscle his will into existence.

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    Re: Cheetah: You can buy the company that produces the iconic muscle car

    I've been told by reliable sources that for less than a grand I could own the Merkur car brand.
    Trademark is abandoned and has been for quite some time.

    I have considered it... it would be fun to make a car show display out of the paperwork.
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    Re: Cheetah: You can buy the company that produces the iconic muscle car

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    That car looks like a real death trap. One mistake and you would be heading off the road into whatever...

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    Re: Cheetah: You can buy the company that produces the iconic muscle car

    I am a bit tired of the term muscle car being wrongly used, I know that for a lot of non Americans muscle car simply means American performance car.

    I am a huge fan of the Cheetah, this car came in at 1,600 pounds back in the day and combined with a healthy V-8 engine made for an insanely fast car. To me the Cheetah represents everything right about a performance car, if the rear of my Z06 were to get hit I would consider a Cheetah kit car and drop the LS7 in it. This car back in the early 60s clocked 217MPH at Daytona.

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