Bill Thomas’s Cheetah and Super Cheetah — Shelby Cobra Competitor Found…

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By Ronnie Schreiber June 17, / Photos by Ronnie Schreiber

If you a ludicrously fast 1960s sports car, but you want to out, the Shelby Cobra-s a bad and here-s why. Real are rare and expensive, but with so replicas out there, it-ll relatively common.

Cheetahs, on the hand, are anything but common. gullwing doors and a de facto layout, no real driveshaft to of, and an unfortunate penchant to turn the into a sauna, the Cheetah was and uncouth. But also, incredible.

why, until recently, my to the well-heeled enthusiast who wanted a fast ’60s style car and who drives to the beat of a different would have been to buy a Thomas Continuation Cheetah by Bob Auxier’s BTM Race Cars. his … in 2009, Thomas certificates of authenticity for 100 new Cheetahs, and has so far built about three to compliment those 19 original

Bill Thomas, a California racing legend, built 19 of cars in the 1960s with Don Edmunds. Cheetahs are crazy with an emphasis on insane. Low and a high powered V8 in a short chassis originally designed for cruising makes for highspeed and driving dynamics.

The continuation are better mannered, with frames, better brakes, and adjustable suspensions, but they’re exciting cars to drive. also look exciting standing still. The Cheetah has a so … that it makes the E Type look like a and proper English schoolmarm.

and fast but flawed. At 1500 a small block Chevy V8 can spin the tires. The wheelbase is so and the engine so far backthat there’s no only a single universal between the transmission and rear

Effectively a midengine car, the end can come around fast. The sits two feet behind the axle and everything is packed so the exhaust headers are routed the driver’s footbox, located to the engine block. Everyone who the Cheetah was a hot shoe.

Continuation have Spartan interiors but come with air conditioning, because of cabin heat. One in the ’60s turned his Cheetah a roadster just to cool it Cheetahs’ … bodies also not very aerodynamic-at a Cheetah could supposedly its own gullwing doors off.

shop cruiser or not, at Chevrolet decided it should the thrust of the Ford powered so the Cheetah went racing, 11 races. In a different SCCA than the higher production the Cheetah could be faster on than the Cobra but they technically raced head to

Building only 19 Cheetah and 33 bodies, Thomas did end up selling of thousands of cars: scale cars, that is. He had deals model kit makers and slot car That gave the car considerable and a place in the hearts of baby car enthusiasts.

Hence the continuation today.

As mentioned, I would suggested a continuation Cheetah, but if tastes are so refined that a Cheetah is not rarified enough for you to while leaving Cars you’re in luck.

Bill original intention, before a fire in 1965 and GM politics him it was easier to make a living race engines, was to address the problems with the Super morecomfortable, with more space, a longer wheelbase, and a more aero body for 200+ mph runs at Le Mans. The Cheetah was four inches and 19 inches longer than the

The exterior styling was pureCheetah the cabin forward, reusing one of the original aluminum Cheetah bodies (production Cheetahs fiberglass) but the roofline and Kammback end of the Super Cheetah were from the Corvair Monza GT car, on which Thomas had some contract tuning for GM. Thomas even put together materials, planning to sell the car Chevrolet dealers starting in

The prototype escaped damage in the and Thomas put it in storage. At a sheriff’s in 1970, Don Edmunds himself the car still sitting on it’s jig for just $300 only to it a year later to someone who let it sit in a for 40 years. Auxier knew the prototype for 20 years but had to wait the owner passed away buying it in 2011.

He had planned to complete the car and show it at the Pebble Beach concours, but has now put it up for sale in a listing at Hemmings for million, as is. He told Hemmings he’ll consider selling an in the car to an investor willing to finish the car as and liveried as Bill Thomas to compete with it at LeMans in Auxier thinks it would be twice the current selling if completed.

Not for everyone but completed or if you brought it to a car show, plenty of would walk right a 427 Cobra, real or replicated. to get a at it.

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