Cheetah Continuation Project Shuts DownSOME Tooling and Rights Up For Sale – UPDATED

Cheetah continuation project selling all production tooling, assets and rights

Cheetah continuation project selling all production tooling, assets and rights

It looks like the Cheetah continuation project, started in 2007 by BTM of Arizona, is closing its doors. Everything is up for sale, all of the tooling and rights, a couple of bodies, numerous parts, everything someone will need to pick up where BTM left off.

The Cheetah, was a tube frame race car powered by a small block Chevy built by Bill Thomas in the early 60s. It was a pretty sexy looking thing getting ready to do battle with the Cobras when the factory burned in 1965. BTM put together a continuation project with the blessing of Bill Thomas and, to this point, they’ve produced 10. According to the listing, the last 9 of those 10 sold in Europe, so they believe a buyer there would be better placed to continue on from where they stopped.

Cheetah continuation series coupe

Cheetah continuation series coupe

In 2007 the economy was still booming and building a company to produce non road legal retro racers might have looked like a better bet. The starting bid for the company’s production assets is $120,000, but I would expect any serious buyer will be willing to run that up quite a ways. I hope someone does pick this up and get production rolling again. The Cheetah is too cool to let it fade away.

UPDATE: It looks like the sale here was for the 1963 1st generation version of the Cheetah and that is being sold, however, there was a 1965 version, the 427 Super Cheetah, and plans are for this 2nd generation Cheetah to go into production in January of 2012. Stay tuned. We’re trying to get clarification.
Link: Official Bill Thomas Cheetah

Link: Cheetah auction
Link: Cheetah Continuation