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1964 Bill Thomas Genuine Cheetah #013 ordered new by Friedkin Enterprises early 1964, When built new it was called the PSA Airlines car. It also carried Blue & white stripes up the hood, these colors were a PSA Airlines extra touch. Bill would end up using it as his companies Promo Car. Any Racer back in the day could take it out and Drag Race it on streets in LA, Dick Harrell Loved driving it. He let Sears Allstate use it many times to place in front of there service centers promoting there products like Batteries, Shocks, Tires, Wheels, Etc,. Sept 1965 it was caught up in the Fire at Bill Thomas Race Cars. At the time it was written off as a loss to insurance, Bill went ahead and replaced the body and windows put a stock 300HP engine in it primed it white and put it in the corner after issuing it its 2nd ID Number. Bill would give this Cheetah to owner of the Building Doug Caruthers for payment of Rent owed. Doug wound up putting WW. Tires and new wheels on it. Then it went back in the corner of Bill Thomas Race Cars. Current owner purchased it Jan 67 from Doug. Now today 9-22-2017 it is completely restored to Museum quality by BTMLLC of Arizona. Also known as Bill Thomas Motors. It has been test driven 1 mile and ready to be shipped to its owner who has had it 50 years this year. Incredible. It is the Only Cheetah out of 29 ID numbers to have a letter signed by Bill Thomas confirming it as Fact said Cheetah was produced at Bill Thomas Race Cars in 1964. It is now a Museum piece and should go back in a time Capsule. We are very proud to have completed its very high Bar restoration. It is the 3rd Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah restored by the World Famous Cheetah Guys at BTM of Arizona. The 1st company in history to accomplish this task. With 2 more Genuine Cheetahs due finished by mid 2018. The Genuine 1964 #003 Alan Green Daytona Race Car & And the #001 Very Rare 1 of 1 1965 Alloy prototype Le Mans 427 Super Cheetah. As you gather info here on our wonderful Cheetah site you can see very clearly Bill Thomas was my HERO !
This Genuine Cheetah is Certified by Letter of Authenticity produced by BTMLLC of Arizona.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 Congratulations came from Don Edmunds July 6th 2016 8:30 am for BTM participation in being the first to present the Finest restored Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah at this event. Don was hired to help Bill Thomas design and build the 2 Alloy prototype Cheetah Coupes and design he did, He drew up the wild first drawings that would wind up becoming the Cheetah Coupe design. Don was also in charge of the chassis and unique suspension design with Bill input all the way through. The funny thing was Bill wanted the engine in the back, Don wanted it up front, GM said (no) to rear engine design in Cheetah period they told Bill. So Bill & Don decided to put it mid ship now its history. He then built the wooden buck over the new chassis that produced 2 Alloy bodies for car #001 & car #002. Bill Thomas & Don Edmunds worked great together to produce one of (America’s) Coolest true Sports Car. After #001 & #002 were completed Don did work part time helping finish up #003, #004, #005 that went to Daytona Feb 1964. He was there with Jerry Grant watching him hit speeds he never seen before in Sports Car Racing. He told Grant how fast he was running 214, 215, 217, 218 MPH. The next thing he knew Grant went of the track and damaged the Yellow #17 Alan Green Chevrolet Cheetah. Don explained he just did not want anyone to get hurt in one of these Cheetahs Its just out right blistering fast even for Don Edmunds who is not easily intimidated by speed. Of coarse we all need to know Don was Rookie of the year at Indy 500 in 1957. Don Edmunds is also known World wide for his Racing Sprint Cars his company built. I want to thank Don for the help he gave me back in 1992 & 93 with Chassis drawings and body drawings, Plus he gave me copies of the entire drive line layout he was to use to build the 1st chassis. Engine trans rear end tires & wheels Etc,. and all there sizes. Very cool stuff. Don has been a good friend since the 1st meeting with him in 1992. I respect Don very much for all his Racing efforts and helping Bill give us what we call today the Bill Thomas Cheetah. Don deserves great Credit today for his behind the scenes work and monumental task Bill gave him in helping create Cheetah. What A Great Time It Was in Automotive Racing History.
We are very proud to have been invited to the June 23rd thru 26th 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed event in the UK. This event is the most spectacular Race Car event in the World. To be able to have a limited number of some of the finest race cars & race drivers is a sight to see in person. Let alone all the top auto manufactures set up on the opposite side of the Hill Climb. I think every real automotive enthusiast should see this event once in there life time, there is nothing to compare it to in America. To be able to put together such event with nearly 300,000 attending from all over the World is a monumental achievement. Lord March is the man behind this spectacular event and it is no less than Brilliant.
For the Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah known as the 1964 Clarence Dixon Cadillac Race Car there is no higher platform to achieve, It has made Cheetah history by being the first Cheetah ever to participate at the Festival of Speed 2016. I had the pleasure of staging & driving up the hill climb 5 times and in my career it tops anything I have done to date. Cheetah ran perfectly and for the 427 L88 spec engine it really came to life off the start line and up the hill. What a thrill to drive Bill’s most famous advanced Cheetah ever built, even in the rain with no wipers I stayed on the track with a set of Museum Firestone Indy tires. Yes ice skates is more like it. But the challenge was to great to let it pass by. A 90″ wheel base 2200 Lb 650HP Cheetah in the rain up hill. Incredible to say the least.
From the first word of a possible invite to Goodwood last Sept 2015 to the final early Feb confirmation I knew game was on and Clarence Dixon Cheetah #33 had to make its appointment with the hill. Now its history.
This Very Famous Genuine Cheetah is Certified by letter of Authenticity produced by BTMLLC of Arizona.
View short story “This Cheetah Is A Full-Size Slot Car” on Goodwood website:
The 1963 Sebring Silver Code 941 is back on the Clarence Dixon Cadillac Cheetah after 50 years, All lettered up looks like 1965 again. The most Bad Ass 1 of 1 produced 427 L88 Cheetah on the Planet. It is an incredible to sight to see in Real Life. This Cheetah is the finest example of a Full Race Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah. It is the #1 Cheetah to own in the World. Its restoration in the Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah World is 2nd to None. Spectacular to see this Very Rare Beast in person.
We are so proud to have in our shop the Original 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah I.D #006 that was sold to Clarence Dixon Cadillac of Hollywood California. This 64 Model Cheetah is the most advanced Bill Thomas Cheetah of all the 64 Models built. It was ordered brand new in Sebring Silver Black interior 327 360HP Fuel Injection Corvette Engine with the 3 long distance fuel tanks, rear tank plus the very rare left & right side tanks. Bill Thomas Race Cars added the dual air meter racing fuel injection system shortly after it was built to go Road Racing in FIA/SCCA events on the west coast. We will be posting all the Race History on the New Clarence Dixon Cheetah web page coming soon. The Oct 1965 Riverside FIA Races seen action with the new advanced Cheetah by Bill Thomas Race Cars having the new Special built 396 425HP Corvette Engine matched up with an M22 HD 4 Speed with 3.55 gear set. A front set of 65 production Corvette disc brakes were added along with the Wide body rear left & right wheel flares. These advancements were all done by the Original Manufacturer Bill Thomas Race Cars.
Yes there is more incredible big block Cheetah History with this car, we have pictures from 1967 with the 427 Alloy head L88 Bill Thomas Engine under the hood with cool clear Plexi glass hood scoop. This car also drag raced with the L88 in it Aug/Sept 1967. Road Race #’s were 33, 1, 11.
This is the most valued treasure of all Cheetahs found to date next to the 1965 Super Cheetah.
Robert Auxier of BTM learned of this very rare cat in 1993 and the owner did not have a Phone So I had to write letters to him, He would return my letters saying it was not for sale at any price. I was never allowed to see this Cheetah until Nov 29th 2014 where I made the deal to purchase it. The past owner had purchased it in 1972 and it was very rare he ever took it out. The sad part of this great story is I had to wait all these years until the owner passed away to even be able to get a look at this piece of Cheetah History.
The amazing part is that it still has its Original Bill Thomas body & the rear wide body flares, Chassis & suspension with all original interior plus the original rear alloy fuel tank among many other original components still intact today. This is one of BTM’s finest gifts to be able to unearth this Treasure and restore it. We are documenting every step of the way in restoration so that the Finest SCCA/FIA Example Cheetah gets to be set in stone in the Bill Thomas Cheetah Race Cars Book.
The Chassis & suspension and Drive line is restored. It is spectacular sight to see, 1967 Perfect M22 is restored,The original body is stripped down to bare glass to show its the real thing. Even the front aluminum air dam off the hood is Genuine Bill Thomas Race Cars, It will be painted back to Sebring silver #33.
Bill Thomas built many 396/427 mill Iron head L88 engines in 1965 & 66. In fact he built 3 for 1965 Chevrolet Impala NASCAR (65) season.
PEOPLE MAY DOUBT WHAT I SAY, BUT PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE WHAT I DO !!!
Restoration update on the Genuine 1964 ID #007 Bill Thomas Cheetah sold to Alan Green Chevrolet for (Booky) Alan Green’s wife to drive on street & some Drag Racing events, She Loved driving her Green Cheetah. Delivered in Aug 64 as a 327 360HP Fuel Injection 4 speed 3.55 Gears, Painted In Cadillac (Green) Met with Green interior, This Color Combo really fits the style of the Cheetah. It is a stunning sight to see it all together again in real life, This Cheetah will be the 1st to set the Bar how a Genuine as delivered Bill Thomas Cheetah is built. I even rescued its Genuine Original 327/377 Engine from its 2nd owner on July 4th 2014, Yes its back where it belongs in #007 restoration. This car is finally together after 1,000′s of Hours in Restoration work plus 1,000′s of hours of research time. What an exciting time it is at BTM. This is he Finest Genuine restored Bill Thomas Cheetah on the Planet. Bill Thomas made the right choice picking the Auxiers to carry on his Legacy. Bill is smiling down on Auxiers where we stand today in Bill Thomas Cheetah History. I thank my Hero Bill Thomas everyday I walk out into my Cheetah shop. It is truly amazing the Gifts given to the Auxiers in regard to setting Genuine Cheetah History straight. Bill turned over the rains of his Cheetah to the Auxiers back in Dec 2001.
This #007 Cheetah has its Very Rare Documents on its original issued Bill Thomas ID # back into the 60′s,. We are very proud restoring Bill Thomas/Alan Green Chevrolet History in the Cheetah World.
We are within a few days now of completing this amazing restoration, For the 1st time since 1970 the original Bill Thomas 377 engine was fired up and broke in today 2-15-16, What a beast to hear in person, It shook the ground around the shop today, What a Pleasure to work on such a car. This is one Bad Ass Cat. Don’t be fooled by the Stunning Green paint this Cat can Run.
With restoration completed on Feb 17th 2016 we are very proud of this Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah, This Genuine Cheetah is certified by letter of Authenticity produced by BTMLLC of Arizona.
Update on our Tribute series, The all new wide body with hood vented holes. It is one Bad Ass Cat. This one is a 383 Alloy head 430HP version 4 speed Muncie, 3.36 gears, Fuel cell, forward roll bar, 10″ rear American Racing Wheels. New Coil overs & new spring rates have been documented in this build. This car runs and drives Fantastic. The Best built in the World.
We don’t need Letters signed by Bill any longer to prove our status in the Cheetah World, Bill Thomas gave (us) the only company in the World ever to have Full Exclusive rights to Continue building his Cheetah. Of Coarse we are going forward building the Finest Tribute Bill Thomas Cheetah built today. Watch for our (New Company website coming soon). With all the new .com pages, BTM Is & has been used as a historical site and documenting history and will be used for our BTM Clothing line sales of everything we have been selling over the past 15 years. It does not build Continuation Cheetahs.