We have made a choice to make History again with the separation of the 1963 Genuine Aluminum proto type parts grafted to the rear of the 65 Super Cheetah.
We here at BTM are going to remove all Genuine Aluminum parts of the 63 proto type Model and start restoration of #001 GM TEST Cheetah. We will add our Genuine L&R Aluminum doors to the project.
So we will remove the front Bonnet section, The cowl section, Side cowl sections L&R, The roof front t-panel, with addition of the Genuine doors the body will be near 65% Genuine #001 body.
We also have the very Rare 327 CEC EXP early engine we will use for the restoration of #001. We will use many Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah parts for this restoration, It will truly be a rolling Bill Thomas Museum. We will be making unprecedented Bill Thomas Cheetah History with this restoration. This #001 Aluminum Cheetah has great value to it all on its own, We cant lose the History within the Super Cheetah restoration.
Super Cheetah will then have replacement parts created to replace the Genuine Aluminum parts removed.
We are very excited to have made this choice after a few years not understanding how to move forward on Super Cheetah with these 1st design Aluminum proto type parts on it. Of coarse it makes sense now to restore both cars, #001 1963 proto type as received by GM for testing, Plus restore the 1965 Aluminum Super Cheetah as the Le Mans 427 Racer proto type that was to be used for the base to produce the all new 1965 Model Cheetah for Street & Racing.
Stay tuned for more to follow.
YES, Bill Thomas produced (2) 1963 Model Aluminum proto types, 1 for GM Testing and the 2nd for advertising and Racing. The rest is History now.
Robert Auxier !
Bill Thomas Daytona I.D #003 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 Cheetah Ordered from Bill Thomas Race Cars.
We are very proud to announce, We have in our shop for restoration The Most Valuable 1964 Model Daytona Cheetah Driven by the Famous Great Racer Jerry Grant. Restoration starts 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, 217 & 218 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 a (on loan) Chevrolet R&D 377 cu.in all Aluminum 58mm Weber side draft Grand Sport 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. Funny Side note; Is Bill delivered this Daytona Cheetah with just a Wheel mounted with No Tire on it. 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 #16 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, Plus we have The most professional Full side shot of the #14 Cheetah with the Pure Oil sign in the back ground, Yes we just found a great shot of the #15 Cheetah. These pictures are still pictures with these cars just setting there waiting to go out on the track.
More of this great discovery & rescue by Robert Auxier.
P.S. We ask that if any Cheetah fans have pictures of this Yellow Daytona Cheetah at Daytona or in production at Bill Thomas Race Cars. Contact Bill Thomas Museum Archive Historian: Robert Auxier in Phoenix Az, Cell # 623-606-3155.
Also stay tuned for our new AlanGreenChevrolet Website coming soon!!!
We will be announcing the date of our Bill Thomas Original Cheetah Exhibit display. It will be spectacular to see so many Genuine Original Cheetahs in one place including the Alan Green Street Cheetah side by side with the Alan Green Daytona Cheetah. Plus the original Clarence Dixon Cadillac Race Cheetah & the PSA airlines Cheetah all setting next to the Worlds most Valuable 1965 427 Super Cheetah Proto-type. Yes we here at BTM are making History and furthermore the Late Great Bill Thomas would be proud of us here at BTM setting in stone the History of his Rare (Original) Cheetahs.
PEOPLE MAY DOUBT WHAT I SAY, BUT PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE WHAT I DO !!
Written by Robert Auxier 12-26-2014.
2015 and 2016 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 377 58mm weber Grand Sport 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, We are excited to be building Tribute Continuation Cheetahs to match the Clarence Dixon car specs as raced in 1965 with the 427 L88 disc brake wide body car for the FIA buyers in Europe.
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 Bill Thomas I.D tag with correct Numerical Historical 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 5 Real Bill Thomas Cheetahs to date and are working on 5 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