World-Famous Tattoo Artist Wild Bill’s 1973 Freeway Micro-Car
William Hill, better known as Wild Bill Hill is a world famous car collector and tattoo artist—yes, a tattoo artist with a complete bodysuit of his own mostly done by the legendary artist Ed Hardy.
Wild Bill and girlfriend Roxanne will be showing their rare 1973 Freeway Micro-Car and matching trailer at this year’s Pacific Coast Dream Machine Show, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport. "This is my 21st year and by far my favorite car show. If you plan to go to only one car show this year, this is the one to go to! No telling what you will see there and Half Moon Bay is just beautiful."
The Freeway is a three-wheel Micro Car manufactured in Minnesota from 1973 to 1981. This small commuter car was built for economy and is powered by a gasoline engine that was guaranteed to get 98-100 mpg when driven at a steady 55 mph. Top speed is just over 70 mph.
A ground up restoration was done at Old E Metal Works and rebuilt as a two seater. The floorboard was removed and two sets of petals were installed (one set for Roxanne), the 9 gal tank was replaced with a 3 gal tank and a trailer for luggage was installed. The Freeway is surprisingly fast and the torque converter transmission is amazing. The motor was mounted behind the driver and is coupled to a snowmobile-style automatic CVT belt drive transmission. Final drive to the rear wheel is by chain. The Freeway has a welded tubular steel frame, with a secondary perimeter frame at bumper height to protect the driver from impacts. The fully enclosed two-piece body is fiberglass. The lower body included a full under tray to reduce the drag. 700 Freeway Micro Cars were built before the company closed. Key specs: Engine: Tecumseh 18 horsepower, 453 cc single-cylinder; Transmission: CVT; Vehicle Length: 115” Width: 53” Height 51” Weight: 700 lb.
For 40 years, Wild Bill’s Tattoo shop has been in downtown Roseville, CA with a staff of ten male and female artists. Every February, the artists at Wild Bills have a “Tattoo-A-Thon” benefiting the UC Davis Children's Hospital. Over 25 volunteer tattoo artists contribute their entire wages for the day, including tips ($16,000.00) to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. To date they have raised over $200,000. “The hospital named part of the new wing after the Tattoo Shop. What an honor,” a proud Wild Bill said. The next Tattoo-A-Thon is Saturday February 17, 2017.
Wild Bill started collecting cars about 35 years ago with a Model-T and now has a garage full of specialty cars including a 1915 Ford Speedster (with a matching miniature go-cart), 1964 Amphicar, 1932 Ford Phaeton (+ mini go-cart), 1954 Porsche Spyder, 1959 Messerschmitt 3-wheel Micro Car, 1959 Nash Metropolitan (with a 15’ flame thrower), 1966 shortened flame throwing VW Bus (+ mini go-cart), 1999 Chevy flat-bed car hauler, 2002 Panoz AIV Roadster, 2005 Panoz Esperante, 2015 Lincoln MKX, 1981 3-wheel 1963 B+Z Electra King, 1966 Harley-Davidson + Sidecar, 1973 Freeway 3-wheel Micro Car, a 2/3 size Bobber Micro Car, 1954 Cushman Truckster with matching trailer, 2006 Zap Micro Car and 3 mini-bikes.
To check out his amazing collection, visit Wild-Bills.com and click on Bill’s garage.