Rare Gem For Sale: Bill Thomas Cheetah Coupe

Lot #1376 – This is #006 competition Cheetah built at Bill Thomas Race Cars in Anaheim, CA. It was ordered new in ’64 by Jack Goodman, owner of Clarence Dixon Cadillac Dealer in Hollywood, CA.

It is one of 15 known to survive in the world today. This is the only Cheetah ever built and raced with the famous Corvette heavy-duty 427ci L88 aluminum-head racing engine option. Complete nut-and-bolt, museum-quality restoration by BTM LLC of Arizona. It currently has the lowest-mile 1967 genuine Corvette 427ci L88 IT-code crate engine. The ’67 M22 Muncie 4-speed manual transmission was also rebuilt, as was the heavy-duty 4.11 rear axle.

This Cheetah still retains its original 4130 chromoly chassis and suspension, complete original fiberglass body, and original fiberglass and aluminum interior.It has a documented full ownership history of seven owners since April 1964. It was titled and licensed for street use by the third owner in 1969 in Utah. The ID number is visible on the front upper frame rail. It has five years of SCCA/FIA racing history at Times Grand Prix (Riverside), Laguna Seca (Monterey), Willow Springs, Pomona, Bend (Oregon), Odessa (Texas), Star Dust, War Bonnet, Davis Monthan AFB (Tucson, AZ), Santa Barbara, Airport #2 (Utah). It was 1968 Southern Pacific region SCCA A/SR Champion with the 427 L88. The drivers were Jack Goodman, Mike Jones, Ralf Piccard, Jim Phillips and Sid Harmon. The numbers it has raced with are #1, #11, #33, #72.

This car was the first Bill Thomas Cheetah ever to attend Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2016. It was ordered new with Corvette Sebring Silver body color, black interior, 327/375hp fuel-injected Corvette engine, 4-speed Muncie transmission, triple fuel tanks, inside spare tire, American Racing wheels and Goodyear Blue Streaks tires. Evolving over three years of racing, it was upgraded by Bill Thomas in April 1965, with a wide body, Ansen rear wheels with Firestone Indy tires, dual Corvette radiators, upgraded heavy-duty chassis for the new 396/425hp Corvette engine and M22 Muncie Rock Crusher, and disc brakes. It was also upgraded in April 1967 with the new Corvette heavy-duty 427ci L88 aluminum-head racing engine.

Report by Barrett-Jackson