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PeteLeathersac 09-04-2009 07:22 PM

Re: Mander Chevrolet , North Vancouver

Definately function before beauty!.
Seeing the HP is noted at 430, I wonder if they were L88 powered?.
Also if they built any 68's I wonder if Mander knew of/ordered any of the 9737 cars?.

Little on these or the Conroy Cheetah cars seems to exist so if anyone has more info/pics please post anything you have..

To date there's one existing Conroy Cheetah that appears to be the real deal plus a few possibles..
~ Pete

midyr 09-13-2009 07:11 PM

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Xplantdad 09-14-2009 05:05 AM

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Here you go!

midyr 09-14-2009 05:58 PM

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PeteLeathersac 09-14-2009 08:07 PM

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Hey Lance, do you know or remember anything on Cheetahs from the Conroy dealership in St. Catherines Ontario?.
~ Pete

midyr 09-14-2009 09:59 PM

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Pete, no, until you mentioned it I had no knowledge of anything like that at all

PeteLeathersac 09-14-2009 10:39 PM

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A past (& current?) Cheetah owner appeared on the CP site in January and laid this interesting statement on us..

"...The Cheetah was built at Conroy Pontiac. The manager of Conroy was Henry Carmichael, who worked for Conroy in St. Catherines in Ont. There was 46 built over the 3 years of 66-8, 21 stayed in B.C. and the others shipped to Ont. 8 in 66, 7 in 67 and 7 in 68 . The first one was a 283 and was on display in Conroys glass garage in St. Catherines. ( Conroy was a big supplier of brake drums , roters etc to the factories around the area). Only one was buld with a 427 which Henry Carmichael raced at Mission.I talked with Henry Carmichael in 1986 at Royal City Pontiac. I have also traveled back to Cardston Alta to talk with Les Mills who worked for Conroys in the drum factory. These cars were given to the top salesmen in Conroys divisions. I owned a 67 for 13 years and returned (gave)it back to the second owner (first owner had traded it in on a Ford truck as he was transfered to Port Hardy by Finning) Richard has since restored it and my wife and I took it off Vancouver Island for the first time, since it was brought here, to the Sleepy Hollow Rod Run..."
~ Pete

GerrysW31 09-14-2009 11:13 PM

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That picture of the "dressed up" Mander Camaro shows up some where else.
I am sure it was an add for some parts joint in the States.
While I was young at the time, I am sure I would have remembered an abomination like that.
I am going digging but am sure I have a different Mander conversion add on the back of an old "Speed Sport News" or something like that.
I remember the Ambassadors car club in West Van having a 69 Cheetah , green with some orange on it.
A friend a couple years older than me had an L78 Chevelle from Manders and remembers that Cheetah in the 14's at Mission. He remembers them as very much a "badge car" more that the type of deal , Nickey , Motion, Yenco , were.
Another friend who owns a dealership on the island says his mech has a 66 or 67 gold Cheetah. I will past on this thread so possibly you could get more Cheetah info.
Gerry Charlesworth

69Z28Freak 01-22-2011 09:02 AM

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: StriperSS</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Funny, I was in North Vancouver last week doing some stripes for a guy, who also has 3 hemi cars. We discussed a lot of things, but I never thought to ask about Conroy Cheetahs, or anything from Manders. Manders became Dick Irwin Chev Olds, and I worked there in the late 70's.
I see one of the sales guys was named Murphy. There were two mechanics named Murphy, brothers there. I wonder if they were related. Brian Murphy was a transmission guy, and left there in the early 80's and went to Kelowna, just north of me and bought or started a transmission shop. I heard that he has died recently. He was pretty involved in Drag racing with his 37 Chevrolet.
I'll do some digging and see what I can find out. I'll be back in North Van sometime this month. </div></div>

I love this thread. Can't wait to get to the bottom of this

PeteLeathersac 01-27-2011 05:20 PM

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No idea on the car and/or Craigslist ad being authentic???
Wow if an original Conroy L36 or L72 Cheetah as any '67 dealer delivered 427 A-Body car is really something!.

~ Pete

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