American Cheetah

The First “Streetable” Cheetah

We build the finest tribute to the Cheetah


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Ruth Engineering & Racing, Inc has developed a tribute to the infamous Cheetah. The project started in 2006. The idea was born from the retro-rod industry that is popular now. With our Corvette history we decided to create our own version of a Cheetah that we could market to the experienced builder. We opted for the 90-96 C4 Corvette suspension and designed a 1 1/2" round tube chassis to keep the wheel base and track to resemble the original. We then created what we thought the Cheetah body should have looked like. We added the front A pillars to house the DOT laminated windshield. Also added were front door pillars for added stability to the doors when latched or opened. Our doors are two-piece bonded with a recessed latch. The other noticeable change are the bonnet flares over the front wheels.



Our dash is hand-laid and follows the look of the original. It is un-cut and lends to the builders custom gauge layout. The tunnel is cut for the shifter (Transmission options are Muncie 4-spd, Tremec TKO 5-spd and T-56 Magnum 6-spd). For a street driven car, the mounts for lap belts are provided. For a roadrace car, an additional bar is added behind the driver for shoulder harnesses. The door step entry is part of the body, and is molded in.


Rear Facia

Our Cheetah uses mid-year Corvette tail light assemblies. Also, we added a license recess for a light and mounting of a plate. Remember, our Cheetah is street legal!



Our bonnet tilts forward as in the original. Optional side latches provide security while the Cheetah is driven on the street. The bonnet has side skirts molded in behind the grill to channel all air flow through the radiator which is mounted as far forward as possible. An electric fan provides the cooling. The engine compartment is designed to use block hugger headers to eliminate the heat problem of the original design. The pedal assembly and master cylinders are provided and allows enough room for a driver over 6'.

Contact Information

Call 440-748-1686
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