There were cheetahs in 1966 as well...apparently 46 total built in 66-68, all out of Conroy Pontiac dealership in Vancouver (21 remained in Vancouver, 25 were sent to St.Catherines Ontario, to Conroys Head Office -these cars were given to top salesmen for Conroy). Most were ordered as 396 cars (2 were 283) and some kept the 396, some were modded to L78 and some were converted to 427. Green with a black top was apparently the most common. This info is from a few sources on the CanadianPoncho website who have been researching/own Cheetahs.
It would be nice to see some paperwork on the 427 cars!
Also interesting to note that apparently Conroy also made 8 Can Am Firebirds with the Z28 302 engine. In 1968 there were chevy 302 powered firebirds competing in T/A and passed the SCCA under the guise that canadian pontiacs were chevy powered.... too bad firebirds were never built in Canada, but the SCCA bought it! Conversions to 302 may have been made by GM Canadas CKD division (Complete Knock Down) which shipped cars to overseas. Research continues!
Bill, there is rumour of a black 66 cheetah 4sp car that was in winnipeg at one time...? Any leads?
Here are a few pics...
the restored one... 427 emblems from the SS427 Impala...
another 67 cheetah, #'s matching 396, found in a field in SK this past summer!
a vintage photo, note the painted red swaybar, apparently conroy put red carpet in the trunk too... this car is ultra rare even before it became a cheetah, it is an early "736" vin, sports optioned 396 car with a D96 stripe!!
granada gold 67
Jerry is this one you remember? 427/425hp!