With Evan Wilcox hand-formed aluminum bodywork,1959 Ducati 175cc 'Dustbin' Special Frame no. CA967744 Engine no. 77126

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Lot 49
With Evan Wilcox hand-formed aluminum bodywork,1959 Ducati 175cc 'Dustbin' Special
Frame no. CA967744 Engine no. 77126

Sold for US$ 26,450 inc. premium
With Evan Wilcox hand-formed aluminum bodywork
1959 Ducati 175cc 'Dustbin' Special
Frame no. CA967744
Engine no. 77126

When it comes to alloy artistry on two wheels there's one name that springs to mind: Evan Wilcox of Hand Formed Metal out of Ukiah, California, a one-man operation with about a year's backlog of customers waiting patiently for his hand-pounded gas tanks and tail sections. Wilcox's work is all-consuming. He only tackles one project at a time, toiling away at it exclusively until the aluminum arrives at the desired shape.

If a typical Wilcox gas tank takes 40-50 hours to complete, imagine, then, the labor involved in bringing this machine to fruition. A passion project he built for himself, it's powered by a 1959 Ducati 175 single, wrapped in all-enclosing aluminum bodywork inspired by old Grand Prix road racers. The 'jelly mold' fuel tank with wraparound rear cowl, its shapely flanks broken up by a series of ridges, and Wilcox's rendition of the classically aerodynamic 'dustbin' fairing.

Behind Wilcox's handiwork is a fairly standard Ducati chassis with glorious 175cc OHC bevel drive single. A cadre of engine specialists built a 'bulletproof' powerplant for his streamlined alloy flyer. Pete Fisher at Powroll genned up a crankshaft from a modern four-stroke MXer to work with machined Ducati flywheels. A modified Megacycle camshaft opens and closes valves, and the late Kenny Augustine worked his flow magic on the top end. It beathes through a Mikuni carburetor for easy starting and smooth running, important because this bike is most definitely not a concours queen, but a rally star completing numerous three-day, 750-mile California flogs, plus two Moto Giro d'California.

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  • The screen for this motorcycle was damaged in transport, but will be replaced at no cost to the buyer post-sale
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With Evan Wilcox hand-formed aluminum bodywork,1959 Ducati 175cc 'Dustbin' Special Frame no. CA967744 Engine no. 77126
With Evan Wilcox hand-formed aluminum bodywork,1959 Ducati 175cc 'Dustbin' Special Frame no. CA967744 Engine no. 77126
With Evan Wilcox hand-formed aluminum bodywork,1959 Ducati 175cc 'Dustbin' Special Frame no. CA967744 Engine no. 77126
With Evan Wilcox hand-formed aluminum bodywork,1959 Ducati 175cc 'Dustbin' Special Frame no. CA967744 Engine no. 77126
With Evan Wilcox hand-formed aluminum bodywork,1959 Ducati 175cc 'Dustbin' Special Frame no. CA967744 Engine no. 77126
With Evan Wilcox hand-formed aluminum bodywork,1959 Ducati 175cc 'Dustbin' Special Frame no. CA967744 Engine no. 77126
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