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Former Beaumont Cheetah Owner Sends Me an Email


I got this email this afternoon:

"Hi
I was cleaning out a box of old slides over Christmas and found a couple of cheezy slides of  my 66 Cheetah from Conroy Pontiac in West Van. When I stumbled on your active board yesterday, I just put the 2 thoughts together.
Here's a bit of history (memories of 40+ years ago).
I bought the Cheetah off the Conroy sales floor in the late fall of 1965, I think for somewhere around $3800 or $3900. Not absolutely sure but the 360 hp 396, the muncie close ratio 4 speed and the 3.73 rear do ring a bell. It did have a black Sports Pack interior with front buckets and head rests. Black vinyl roof with a soft yellow paint. Butternut yellow doesn't sound right but neither does Lemonwood so I don't know. I didn't care for the original wheels so when the redline tiger paws didn't last particularly long, I put new mags on with the new skins.
I moved to Calgary in the late spring of 66 and there wasn't much on the streets in those days that could touch it in looks or performance. It would regularly eat a buddies hemi GTX for lunch. Sold it with all the papers in April of 68 to a young fellow who worked at a Texaco station on Glenmore Trail near Elbow Drive. I vaguely remember hearing that he totalled it, but can't recall the time frame.
The pictures were taken at Glenmore Park in Calgary just before I sold the car.
How often do you think I kick myself over that?
If I find any more pics I will send them along.
Good luck with your site.
Regards
DJ"

He included three old photos of the car:

The Best Cheeta 06.jpg
The Cheeta.JPG
The Cheeta 05.JPG

Is this a Cheetah? If so, did Conroy make a 396 Cheetah?







-- Edited by 69Laurentian on Sunday 10th of January 2010 06:00:48 PM

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sure is  look at the cheetah badging on the front fender


no big block hood yet
first year for the Cheetah



-- Edited by 68sd on Sunday 10th of January 2010 06:12:56 PM

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Very nice!! That is a cool story (except for the writing off part!)...and the pics are great!!

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They look so nice new.

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i heard that conroy made 8 1966 Cheetahs,not sure though
doesnt Cheetah 427 own a 66

-- Edited by 68sd on Sunday 10th of January 2010 06:33:28 PM

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Oh my goodness, that is cool...

Yes, I believe he had an avatar with the Cheetah badge on a red 66 Beaumont SD.

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Carl Stevenson wrote:

Oh my goodness, that is cool...

Yes, I believe he had an avatar with the Cheetah badge on a red 66 Beaumont SD.



         Would the car, just be a 396 SD with badges added?   and you could swap up to 427 for more money?

 



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Great story and a valuable bit of history. You have to love those old pics.

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57poncho wrote:

Great story and a valuable bit of history. You have to love those old pics.




        Did you notice he was driving it in the Snow



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What kind of wheels are those?

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Hard to see them...   They look like Dodge Mirada wheels from the 80,s

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are those not the buick wheels?





-- Edited by 68sd on Sunday 10th of January 2010 08:22:22 PM

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don't think so       but I might be wrong?     My friend here with the Western 396 Beaumont 396SD has Olds Cutlass wheels on it, cause Chevelle guys, told him they were original confuse

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Great story. Until I found this site I had never heard of a Beaumont Cheetah.

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so with this info

46 Cheetahs were made 21 Beaumont Cheetahs stayed in BC the other 25 where shipped to Conroy Pontiacs main office in St Catharines On.  The BC production was 8 in 1966, 7 in 1967, 6 in 1968, Of the 25 that where shipped to St Catharines there was no mentioned of how many of each year was sent to the home office. The Cheethas in BC had the following engines, 2 with 283's the balance had the L78 360Hp and the 427.

we have seen these cars



1966





1967






possible?




1968 none yey






1969 none yet

-- Edited by 68sd on Sunday 10th of January 2010 08:18:28 PM

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amazing Todd, simply amazing !

The headrests are interesting-Chevelle/Beaumont didn't have them until 67 so I wonder if the seats were added or headrests were added or ????

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Those rims have too many spokes to be Buick. Maybe aftermarket. Wasn't there a Keystone back then that looked like that?



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a guy in Welland has a 68 Camaro L78 M21 with those aftermarket wheels-he's also an original or close to original owner so they would have been put on in the 1960's

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Thats a great article and car, wow !

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That is the Cheetah I remember here in Calgary. The guy he sold it to was named Mark. I do believe it was a 427 though. I rode in that car once. Wow, unbelievable.

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JerryA wrote:

That is the Cheetah I remember here in Calgary. The guy he sold it to was named Mark. I do believe it was a 427 though. I rode in that car once. Wow, unbelievable.




 you rode in it ! I'm still druling from looking at it !



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Yes, I rode in it once. We had met him in my buddies Acadian for a biweekly race, lol. My friends clutch screwed up so Mark towed us back home. I rode in the car with him. I am positive it wasn't a 360hp 396. I had a 66 chevelle 360hp at the time and a race between us two was no contest.  Dan, my friend was running a 327 in a 63 Acadian. The beaumont never ever beat that Acadian except that day the clutch went out in it. At that time in Calgary, this was in 70-71 or so, Dan's Acadian was the fastest car on the street in Calgary. The fastest we ever seen anyway. It ran mid 12's at the track.
At the same time Cliff Bristol Chev Olds in Three Hills Ab. was putting the LS6 into 1970 Novas. There was 2 in town here. I watched that Cheetah show both of them his tail lights one night , and then to add insult to injury Dan took them both out also. Beautiful it was.

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427carl wrote:

Hard to see them...   They look like Dodge Mirada wheels from the 80,s



      He said they were added after redlines wore out...

The Cheeta (Large)-1.JPG

 



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fabulous story!!! glad the guy sent you those potos with the story behind them.
very cool



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