Toys of the Seventies, The Cheetah

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Wow, How I remember that great little ride! It was so, so fast! The Cheetah is the one toy that you can never forget. I've got a picture of me when I was six taking it out for a ride around the block. I would be happy to show anyone interested in bring back those fond memories. David
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George Hyland - February 23, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh..My...God..This was the bike to get..better than the Big Wheel or Green Machine..They don't understand how fast it would push the peddles toward the from one at a time to make it go. They used a plastic fishing line to the back wheels from the pedal to spin the rear wheels..only problem is that that fishing like line wire would break. They didn't have the technology yet to make a line that would not break..and they weren't user replaceable..So with todays technology..i am sure they can recreate and you can go what felt like 30 miles and hour..and spin out tooo...
Jimmy Miller - January 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember getting one of these babies for Christmas 1973. We lived in the country and had a gravel road. I believe the Cheetah needed a hard flat surface such as a concrete sidewalk or safely controlled stretch of asphalt street to properly show it's potential. Nonetheless, my brother and I rode our toys in the yard and on the gravel road with limited success but I loved my Cheetah. My brother got some other 3-wheeled toy with a gear shifter and different gears. I have often thought of my Cheetah and wondered what ever happened to them. Eventually I remember the little plastic strip connecting the pedals to the drive mechanism broke, rendering my Cheetah incapable of independent locomotion. It found it's way into the trash heap after less than a year of fun...
paige wilson - January 10, 2011 - Report this comment
It looks fun to take a spin in.
jeff goergen - June 08, 2011 - Report this comment
man what a great time it was driving this machine. We recently dug it out of the rafters in my parents garage and want to get it going for my son. anyone have any spare parts?
Ashley Bottoms - September 10, 2014 - Report this comment
I asked Santa to bring me a Cheetah one year, and just when I thought I wasn't going to get one, low and behold, there it was, under the tree! This was a fun ride, but not the best constructed. I do remember all of my friends being jealous because of how it resembled a chopper motorcycle, and thus looked way cooler than a big wheel. I also remember my brother driving my Cheetah into the Christmas tree and thus knocking it times !!! Mine began falling apart about a year after I got it, but I remember riding my Cheetah until it could ride no more. First the wire cables went, so it could not be pedaled. Then the chopper assembly went, but as long as I adjusted it every so often, it held. Then the seat assembly went and I used the back metal seat frame to sit on. I definitely got my monies worth out of it ;) ...and I will always remember the joy it brought me !!!
patti - October 21, 2014 - Report this comment
does annyone know where i can buy a cheetah my husband had one as a kid and i want to get one for our grandson
Franco - December 28, 2014 - Report this comment
Please!!!! If anyone knows of any of these Cheetah pedal tricycles for sale, please send info...
Jeff goergen - April 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Going to sell my cheetah buy it whole or parts
Christina Permenter - December 18, 2015 - Report this comment my Cheetah! It was so fast, I wish I could buy one now for my Grandson!!!! My story is: I asked for a sewing machine for my 7th Birthday but, it didn't work so we went to the toy store and I traded it for the Cheetah. That was the best decision! I still can't sew tho'! I'm in California so if anyone local is selling please email me at
Steve from Bentham - December 21, 2015 - Report this comment
My next door neighbor, Ricky, had one of these. He was a great friend who shared it. I loved riding it. I eventually got a Green Machine. We would ride down Bentham Road in Dorchester, MA for hours, until the street lights came on. The next day, we'd do it all again. Great memories.
Mark - August 10, 2016 - Report this comment
I had one. Pretty sure it was a Christmas present. I was a little embarrassed I had one. The other kids on the block had Green Machines which I wanted. My parents always seemed to find me gifts no one else had. Now I realize my parents got me rare things and I'm grateful for the memories. It's nice to see old pics of Cheetahs when they were new. I remember mine more faded after sitting in the sun for a long time. Glad everyone else shares memories of theirs.
Christian - December 19, 2016 - Report this comment
so great, I just found mine and am putting it up for sale...if anyone is interested. B/O Philly, PA.
Kevin Bass - December 12, 2017 - Report this comment
My Parents bought it for Christmas, I had to ride it in the basement for months until spring. My older Brother carried to the sidewalk races. It was so fast, I dusted the entire neighborhood in one afternoon. Best Bike/Trike ever!
Carlos - October 30, 2019 - Report this comment
I remember getting one with my brother. It was great. We would race them. Only think was the cables would break. My father would be able to temporarily fix until they would break again. These things were really fast. Pedals were unconventional for that time. You’d alternate pushing back and forth instead of rotating in a circular motion like on a big wheel. Great memories

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