A Rare 1963 Cheetah Sports Car Sells for a record price just recently.
The red 1963 Cheetah Sports Car Coupe, believed to be the most original of the handful of survivor cars still in existence, went for $718,750 at a Guernsey’s auction event in New York City on Thursday night.
This beat the previous record of $660,000 set earlier this year. It was considered a unique, long-hooded sports car, that was developed by Bill Thomas as a Chevrolet-powered competitor to Carroll Shelby’s Ford-powered Cobras.
It’s not known exactly how many Cheetahs were built. There are estimates that run from 11 to 23. What is known is that very few examples were built and why these are so valuable if you come across one. This particular fiberglass-bodied one has been certified by Thomas’ grandson as the fourth out of the shop. Later on, production was stalled after a rules change essentially eliminated it from the competition class it was originally intended for. For these reasons, General Motors lost interest and decided it would no longer be supporting the project.
This Cheetah Sports Coupe was raced at Daytona in 1964, and hit an astonishing 215 miles per hour there. Sam Goins, who later purchased it in 1965, has owned it ever since.
Goins confirms that it has less than 100 hours of use on it. He also says some minor maintenance work has been done to it as well. The 327 V8 received new rings and bearings about 30 hours ago. The Cheetah hasn’t been driven it in years, according to Goin, but he believes it “runs and drives as it should.”
No one knows who the identity of its new owner is because it has not been revealed. And there’s probably a good reason the new owner wants to remain a secret. Since this car is so rare and valuable, the car must remain hidden for protection.Categories: Blog