World-Famous Tattoo Artist Wild Bill’s Rare 2006 Three-Wheeled ZAP Electric 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 his lovely Roxanne will be showing their rare 2006 three-wheeled ZAP Electric Micro Car at this year’s Pacific Coast Dream Machine Show, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport. "We take cars to over 40 shows a year and the Dream Machines Show is by far my favorite. 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 this time of year,” said Wild Bill.
“This is our new whip”, said Wild Bill speaking of the three-wheeled ZAP Electric Micro Car. Made in Davis, CA, from 2006 to 2007, the ZAP was one of the first (city speed), four-seater Micro Electric Vehicles in production and is classified as a three-wheel motorcycle in California. Bill removed the governor and put in high-capacity lithium batteries and was able to hit speeds over 60 mph. There is a lot of room inside with easy access to the controller, motor, onboard 110 volt charger and batteries which are located between the front seats and under the rear seat. This sedan version can carry up to four people with a weight capacity of 1,000-pounds. Bill installed a rear dash-mounted solar panel that allows solar charging while parked. It is equipped with heater, AM/FM CD player, interior fans, seat belts, and cup holders. The ZAP’s dimensions are 10’ long, 5’ wide and 5’ high with a total weight of 1,800-pounds. It’s equipped with 3-wheel disc brakes and the frame is steel with a fiberglass body. The ZAP has six sealed lithium 12-volt, deep-cycle batteries for a total of 72 volts and also has a 12-volt accessory battery. Bill worked on this car for quite some time without Roxanne knowing about it, but when she saw it, she fell in love with it. Bill said he does not look for these little cars, they find him.
Wild Bill started collecting cars 36 years ago with a Model-T Speedster and now has a garage full of specialty cars including a 1964 Amphicar, 1932 Ford Phaeton with a matching mini, a 1954 Porsche Spyder, 1959 Messerschmitt, 1959 Nash Metropolitan (with a 15’ flame thrower), 1966 shortened flame throwing VW Bus and matching mini, 1972 three wheeled Freeway with matching Trailer, 1932 Ford Phaeton with matching mini, 1999 Chevy flat-bed car hauler, 2002 Panoz AIV Roadster, 2005 Panoz Esperante, 2017 Lincoln MKX, 3-wheel 1963 B&Z Electra King, 1966 Harley-Davidson with sidecar, a 2/3 size Bobber, 1954 Cushman Truckster with matching trailer, 1915 Model T-Ford Speedster with a matching mini, 2006 ZAP Micro Car and four mini-bikes.
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 ($18,500.00) to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. To date they have raised over $218,000. “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 24, 2018.
To check out his amazing collection, visit Wild-Bills.com and click on Bill’s garage.