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  Bill Thomas Cheetah 1964 When will the Certified Genuine #003 Alan Green Daytona car be completed ?

1964 #16464003 Bill Thomas Cheetah ordered by the famous Chevrolet high perforamce dealer in Seattle Washington Alan Green Chevrolet it was the 1st production car ordered, Also it was the 1st Full Race Competition Cheetah sponsored by Bardahl. BTM has a restoration completion date no later than May 1st 2018. The almost all original interior parts are starting to get installed plus we just assembled the front and rear suspension with complete vented drum brakes front and rear. Also installed the very rare today Magnesuim American Racing Wheels with original GoodYear Blues Streak Stock Car Specials, Incredible to find a matching original set. It will be on the ground rolling this coming week Feb 2018. The EXP C/E/C aluminum engine is also coming together, it is stamped 1963 USAC. This engine is so exotic with the 58mm DCO4 carbs. Engle roller cam is a Traco grind. The Yellow body is all done and ready to install. What a most spectacular Racing example of Bill's light weight sports racer with Chevrolet backing and Prototype racing parts. This Very Rare Cheetah is Certified by BTM Bill Thomas Motors of Arizona,. Stay tuned.

  Bill Thomas Cheetah How many Cheetahs did Bill Thomas Build?

How many Cheetahs did Bill Thomas Company build? Bill's Serial ID numbers produced were #001 through #029. We dont have this many individual Cheetahs built due to damaged and totaled Cheetahs that were remanufactured at Bill Thomas Company.When a Cheetah was totaled it lost its 1st ID number and a 2nd ID with the new build/Remanufacture was entered in the build file. We have as many as 11 remanufactured Cheetahs. leaving us with a Vehicle total of 18 Cheetahs. This is what Bill really did not want to talk about for years. But today we know this was normal practice among low production car manufactures. I had the pleasure of spending many years talking with Bill Thomas From June 1994 through Oct 2009. Even when Bill was in the Hospital toward the end he would have his wife call me and ask to drive over Bill wanted to talk. So yes I drove many times over to the hospital care center to have time with Bill. It was about 5 hours from door to door. As you readers can tell Bill Thomas was one of my Hero's. It is rare to get so much time with great minds. We sure do miss him. We were very good friends.

  Bill Thomas Cheetah 1964 #008 Car. Is the Famous Jerry Titus car the #001 or #002 Prototype?

First I must say the #001 Cheetah was wrecked twice at Riverside Raceway Oct 63 & Feb 64. The remains were used to start the 1965 Prototype Super Cheetah project. The front bonnet, cowl, header and dog legs. Plus the main roll hoop was used. So it would be False the Titus car could not be #001. The Dec 30th 2017 Barn Find #002 prototype Cheetah out of Oklahoma has its Genuine Bill Thomas Race Cars Serial ID Tag in place. Documenting it as the Genuine #126364002 Aluminum prototype car. BTM Bill Thomas Motors has certified it as the Genuine #126364002 Aluminum Cheetah. The ID#008 Riverside Red Titus car Racing #16 & #36 and the #002 Racing in Riverside Red #58 and White #58 car have 2 seperate histories, Fact check the Riverside Race Oct 1964 both these Cheetahs were at the same race. Entry White Bill Thomas personal car #58 was the #002 prototype, Entry Red Bill Thomas Race Cars team car #36 was the #008 Titus car. Conclusion Internet fake news that the Titus Race Car is #001 Aluminum prototype or now #002 aluminum prototype is 100% FALSE INFORMATION. The Jerry Titus #16 #36 Elvis Spin out Movie Cheetah is still missing. Stay tuned I have a new lead on the whereabouts. Exciting Cheetah History Facts.

  Bill Thomas Cheetah 1964 #013 PSA airlines car restoration finished ?

Yes the 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah #013 PSA Airlines Cheetah was finished Sept 22nd 2017 by BTM Bill Thomas Motors of Arizona. The owner in Ohio had purchased it from Bill Thomas in Dec/Jan 1967 for $3440 and has owned it for 51 years now. The car is just stunning to see in person. Bill Thomas sure picked the right man to build and restore his Cheetahs. We are very proud of this Honor taking place in Cheetah History. What a thrill to walk out in the shop every day. This Genuine Cheetah has been Certified with a BTM Bill Thomas Motors Certificate of Authenticity.

  Bill Thomas Cheetah 1964 Barn Find #002 aluminum prototype Found setting in a barn for 49 years?

Yes its true Robert Auxier owner of BTM Bill Thomas Motors of Arizona made the deal to purchase and remove it from the Barn it was stored in and have started the complete restoration here at BTM. The Rarest most incredible most valuable Holy Grail find 1964 Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah Aluminum prototype ID#126364002 original tag is still on this Cheetah. This Cheetah is the 2nd built of (2) Special lite weight aluminum body prototypes. I have known of this Cheetah for 24 years and the only person I disscussed it with was Bill Thomas himself. This is the greatest Cheetah find in history. We are going to restore it back to its April 1964 Riverside Red stock apperence with race #58.As driven by Jerry Titus at Riverside Raceway. Chevrolet tested this Cheetah in (Secret) and a report was written on the testing. This was Bill's Personal promotional car and Sports Race Car. Stay tuned for fantastic updates on the restoration progress. This Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah has been certified by BTM Bill Thomas Motors of Arizona with a Certificate of Authenticity.

   Bill Thomas Cheetah 1964 #006 known as the Silver #33 Clarence Dixon Cadillac Car SOLD?

Yes its true a big collector of sports cars & race cars bought the 1964 Clarence Dixon Cadillac Cheetah #006, It bid up to $850K at Barrett Jackson Auction in Jan 2017 and was a No Sale. Car was sold for 7 figures. This Spectacular Racing Example was restored by BTM Bill Thomas Motors of Arizona. This Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah has been certified by BTM Bill Thomas Motors of Arizona with a Certificate of Aurhenticity.

   Bill Thomas Cheetah 1964 #007 Alan Green Chevrolet Street Car SOLD?

The 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah #007 Alan Green Street Car SOLD at Russo & Steele Auction in Scottsdale Arizona Jan 2018. Selling Price was $600K plus $60K in Fee's For a total of $660,000. Restored by BTM Bill Thomas Motors of Arizona. This Genuine Cheetah has been certified by BTM Bill Thomas Motors of Arizona with a Certificate of Authenticity.