Built primarily as a competitor to Ford’s Cobra the Cheetah was built in southern California where production ran from 1963 to 1965. Few Cheetahs were built at this time mainly due to the complicated but sophisticated characteristics of the car. The tube-framed fiberglass-body was built out of a workshop in Anaheim, Orange county. The Cheetah founded by Bill Thomas and Don Edmunds, very much the underdogs of the motor racing world, had they been as well funded as the likes of Carol Shelby the Cheetah story could have turned out very differently. Having always been interested in motorsport and constantly working on cars, Bill opened his own workshop in 1960, Bill Thomas Race Cars. Then, in 1963, in response to Ford’s Cobra program, he was instructed to go ahead and commission the Cheetah. Though 100 cars were set to be produced for homologation purposes just 11 examples where completed before the team were told to stop due to the new rules of which 1000 examples had to be produced rather than the 100 previous.
This particular car on offer today is an extremely well-presented Tomaszo PS Special evocation of the 1964 Cheetah. Bought by the vendor from Wilhelm Tomaszovits, the founder of the Tomaszo company in Austria. Under the bonnet is a 350 Chevrolet engine with roller tappets, four double webers mated to a Muncie five speed gearbox. Weighing a total of just 940 kg the power and performance is clearly exceptional.
Built as a one off for the use of Mr Tomaszovits, the car represents a fantastic opportunity to own a rare and superbly built car that resembles the bone shattering performance of the Bill Thomas Cheetah. Included in the sale is the bill of sale, and a EU registration document. A one off car that is not to be missed.