“back-door” at Chevrolet. Wayne Pontes, above, driving his retro Cheetah, now in Germany.
By 1963, Thomas had built a relationship with GM, working with Vince Piggins, head of the Performance Product Group. That relationship resulted in the flow of high-performance Corvette engines, transmissions, etc for his pet project, the Cheetah. And eventually, leading to a contract to develop a Corvette-powered concept for Piggins.
The Cheetah sports car, with its long hood and extremely short deck was created using a tube chassis and suspension developed by racecar builder and Thomas’ lead fabricator, Don Edmunds. Essentially financed by a local Chevrolet dealer, the prototype ended up in his garage!
Wayne Pontes built his Cheetah, above, at Tangible Toys, Sarasota, FL.
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