Bill Thomas Daytona Genuine I.D #16464003 1964 Cheetah built for Alan Green Chevrolet, Also sponsored by BARDAHL. Painted Mustard Yellow with white circles and Red #17 numbers. This is the 1st Fiberglass production Cheetah Ordered from Bill Thomas Race Cars. Certified by BTM Bill Thomas Motors of Arizona.
We are very proud to announce, We have in our shop for restoration The Most Exotic powered 1964 Model Daytona Cheetah Driven by the Famous Great Racer Jerry Grant. Restoration started Jan 2015. Robert Auxier has done extensive research on the 3 Alan Green Cheetahs built for Alan Green Chevrolet out of Seattle WA. This Yellow Cheetah went to Daytona with the #17 on it with Jerry Grant Slated to drive it. With testing time completed at Daytona Jerry was running blistering lap times never before seen at Daytona, He was hitting 214,215 & 217 MPH speeds. It was a sight to see and made Shelby & Enzo very upset that day recalled Bill Thomas. Remember this is Feb 1964. The most Exotic 64 Model Cheetah ever built with a combination of the Bill Thomas lite weight Cheetah and C/E/C all Aluminum 58mm Weber side draft engine with the Grand Sport Alloy Rear 2.92 to 1 gear ratio Special code stamped in housing and ring gear stamped with O- Part number and a Jan 1964 Date Experimental. Well, all I have to say is check the top speeds recorded for the week at the Daytona Continental 1964 International Speedway. Great news is this was an SCCA/FIA Sanctioned event, Bill Thomas was given 4 numbers to use for his Cheetahs to race #14, #15, #16, #17 at this event. Jerry Titus wrecked the #16 entry (raced as #136 Riverside Feb 64) just days before it was to be shipped to Daytona. #17 was damaged in qualifying with Jerry Grant at the wheel. The front chassis section and suspension, plus the bonnet took a bit of a beaten. We just found 2 never before published Daytona pictures of this Cheetah and 1 is the most incredible Picture found to date. #16464003 is within a few months of completion now.
Do (NOT) confuse this Genuine BTM Bill Thomas Motors Certified #16464003 Daytona Cheetah with the Pinkham/Yeakel Fake ID #BTC003 Cheetah. According to Pinkham/Yeakel the BTC stands for Bill Thomas Cheetah car #003 produced. Pinkham/Yeakel admitted the tag on there car was made up in a shop and the Famous Alan Green Chevrolet Daytona history was picked and attached to Pinkham/Yeakel Car. The Pinkham/Yeakel car was Black Listed in Feb 1988 by Bill Thomas himself when Pinkham sent Bill Thomas False ownership & History Documents. 4 years after Pinkham would make the fake tag install it and get a California Title under BTC003 12-6-1983. Pinkham & Yeakel have stated in magazine articles there car is the 1st production Alan Green Cheetah #003. This statement is 100% (FALSE). This Pinkham/Yeakel car has been reported to be #003, #004, #006, #007. None are true to be fact. This Fake BTC003 Pinkham/Yeakel car BTM is in total Protest of its history.
Written by Robert Auxier 12-26-2014.
2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date have been our finest years with gaining lite years forward of so much Genuine Cheetah knowledge, 2016 with our new company going into the Future is very Exciting restoring & completing some of the most Valuable Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetahs on the Planet. Its nice to be on top with No competition in our field of proven expertise.
We are proud of the fact we have 6 Real Bill Thomas Cheetahs in restoration process out of the 15 examples that have survived today, 11 in the USA, 4 out of country. We are making History Documenting all these cars.
1st The Worlds most Rare & Valuable Bill Thomas/Chevrolet R&D Alloy 1965 Model 427 Le Mans Super Cheetah #001 1 of 1 Proto-type that was on the drawing board to make the 1965 Le Mans Race. Well history shows us today this Bill Thomas Cheetah dream would only see the Super Cheetah 70% completed before the heavy Axe fell & GM killed the entire New Model 1965 Cheetah program.
2nd The Bill Thomas 1st fiberglass Cheetah ordered I.D #003 1964 Model Alan Green Chevrolet Daytona #17 Yellow Race Car Driven by Jerry Grant. Sponsored by Bardahl, This Cheetah went to Daytona with an Alloy Experimental 58mm weber Engine & Grand sport Alloy rear end with 2.92 EXP gear set dated Jan 1964 housing stamped with special build code. Special Bill Thomas Race Cars vented brake backing plates and the very RARE special Heat treated HD CEC code rear axles, I have never seen a pair before in all my 30 years of restoring Corvettes. They were produced for the Racing department For the Grand sport, Z06 Factory Racers and the Daytona Cheetahs. These are still with the Chassis & suspension, And I am not talking about the 1965 Disc Brake X rear axles either. This chassis has 2 rear lower tow tabs on it also. Original 2nd design rear trailing arms, plus special built original HD front upper & lower a arms. They are thicker wall tubing than any we have found to date.
3rd The Bill Thomas I.D #006 1964 Model the most famous Race Car built for and sold to Clarence Dixon Cadillac in HOLLYWOOD California Raced as #1, #33 In Sebring Silver #1, #11 in Blue. The most advanced 1964 Model Cheetah That has Great SCCA & FIA Race History. Raced with stock 360 FI engine, Then bill added the 377 with Dual air meter, followed by the 1965 396/427 Iron Head spec L88. Also it Raced with the famous 427 L88 Aluminum Engine with M22 HD 4 speed & 3.55 gear set.
4th The Bill Thomas I.D #007 1964 Model Alan Green Chevrolet 327 360HP FI Street car built for Alan’s wife in Green Met. Sold to a Seattle Washington owner Harvey in 1967 where he painted it Marina Blue and showed the car, Then in 1969 he turned it into a Drag Car. That in fact was wrecked on the Drag Strip. We are nearing its completion in the next few months so it can finally go on to show for the public to enjoy.
5th The Bill Thomas I.D #013 1964 Model PSA Air Lines Cheetah 327 340HP Street car funded by Tom Friedkin as a Promo Model for Bill Thomas in Riverside Red with White & Blue stripes up the hood. Well this car was shown as the Sears Allstate car and did Street racing up & down Sunset BLVD, Dick Harrell Loved to take it out for a drive. It was considered totaled in the Sept 65 Fire and had a new body mounted and Bill ordered a new set of front & rear windows that were never installed. Then an Ohio man purchased it Dec 1966 where it then had its body damaged and modified then placed in a barn for 40 plus years. Driven only once around the drive way in the 60′s.
The Future will prove to be incredible with Restoring 6 Real Cheetahs and Certifying Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetahs.
There really is (No) Question who the World Leader is when it comes to the Bill Thomas Cheetah’s. With the new Certification process started of all surviving Original Bill Thomas Cheetah’s on our survey of 15 cars. Bill Thomas identified every Cheetah order by way of an I.D # on each Cheetah file starting with I.D #001 through #029. With the last 1964 Model Cheetah being Sold in Dec 1966 for the amount of $3,440. Our goal here at BTM is to Document all the Authentic Bill Thomas Cheetah components to each Cheetah inspected with a certified letter that will become the main part of the cars Provence. We will travel anywhere in the World to inspect any Cheetah and verify their Authenticity. Our process includes installing a Restoration Historical Bill Thomas I.D tag with correct Numerical order. We invite all Original Cheetah owner’s to join us and have your Real Authentic Bill Thomas Cheetah certified by Robert Auxier, This certification will set the Bar for Value & History of each and every Cheetah to exist today.
We have certified 7 Real Bill Thomas Cheetahs to date and are working on 3 more. It really is a pleasure to finally set the record straight on as many Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetahs as possible.
We have more knowledge than any company in the World about the Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetahs due to the fact of 23 years research plus hands on with 6 Genuine Cheetahs.
The (REAL) Bill Thomas turned over his (THRONE) in December 2001 to Robert Auxier, this task because he knew we were dedicated to his Cheetah with so much passion like he never seen before,
The (Real) Bill Thomas was so Proud of all our Cheetah efforts. I smile every time I think of Bill and our relationship. I still to this day consider Bill one of my Hero’s & best friends walking through this Life.
PEOPLE MAY DOUBT WHAT I SAY, BUT PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE WHAT I DO !!
Contact Robert Auxier for certification cost & set appointment for inspections at 623-606-3155