The first two Cheetahs had aluminium bodies but the following cars had polyester ones. This was not an improvement because when the car was driven fast the bonnet inflated like a balloon and the doors were blown open. The car was capable of reaching 212 mph (340 km/hour). The chassis and frame of the Cheetah were formed from about 150 ft (45 m) of chrome molybdenum tube of the highest quality which was cut to size and welded together. A highly tuned engine was fitted and the car was finished with a polyester body shell.
Thomas was not able to build the 100 cars required for homologation that was required to compete in races for "normal" touring cars. The Cheetah was therefore only able to compete in class prototype races against the more powerful Chaparrals, McLarens, and Lolas but still managed to win eleven races in 1964 despite this handicap. Thomas had built between 13 and 27 cars (depending on your source of information) when the factory was destroyed by fire. He could not find the will to start again from scratch and restricted himself to developing and tuning engines.
The rights to the Cheetah body were bought by Dean Morrison who sold them as kits.
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