It’s nearly January, and you know what that means: it’s classic car auction season. Both Mecum and Barrett-Jackson have continued to highlight some of the impressive vehicles that are going to be crossing the block in a few short weeks.
However, Barrett-Jackson has an incredible rarity it will send off. The 1964 Cheetah race car is one of 15 known to have survived and it is the only one to have been raced with a Corvette 427 cubic-inch L88 big block V8 engine. It also has the aluminum racing head option equipped.
The Cheetah seen here underwent “museum quality” restoration by BTM LLC in Arizona, and houses the lowest miles on any 427 ci L88 V8 engine known. However, the mileage is not disclosed. As for the other main mechanisms, the beefy V8 engine is paired to a four-speed manual transmission and 4.11 rear axle, both of which have been rebuilt.
This 1964 Cheetah has five years of documented racing history under its belt including SCCA and FIA events at Times Grand Prix (Riverside), Laguna Seca (Monterey), Willow Springs, Pomona, Bend (Oregon), Odessa (Texas), Star Dust, War Bonnet, Davis Monthan AFB (Tucson, AZ), Santa Barbara, Airport #2 (Utah). It was also the SCCA Pacific Region A/SR champion vehicle.
Barrett-Jackson does not list an estimated sale price, but we can imagine it’s going to be a very, very big number.