In the 1960s, Carrol Shelby was taking names with his race-ready Cobra and Chevrolet wanted in. Bill Thomas gained attention from then General Motors Performance Product Group head Vince Piggins and history began to unfold.
Long story short, Thomas and company developed the Cheetah with plenty of help from the Chevrolet parts bin, including a Corvette 327 cubic-inch V8 engine, Muncie transmission and independent rear end assemblies. Even NASCAR-spec drum brakes were sourced from GM.
But this isn’t a history lesson. We’re simply here to appreciate the 1964 Chevrolet Bill Thomas Cheetah. Why? Because it’s badass, that’s why.
The brutal grown coming from the 327 ci V8 is utterly glorious and we can only imagine the buckets of torque it’s providing the driver in the video. Notice the lack of downshifting before corners; there’s plenty of power left no matter the gear.
This particular Cheetah was rebuilt and restored over three years to bring it back to exactly how Thomas would have liked to see it. We salute those involved in the restoration. Have a look and a listen in the video above.