Tracy Bodied – 1975 Honda 450 with Eliminator Kit

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Tracy’s Fiberglas Works was a Santa Cruz, California-based bodywork operation that offered a myriad of bodywork kits for a bevy of different makes and models. Tracy bodywork came in a variety of styles and you can check out the entirety of a 1974 company catalog on Chin On The Tank (Jim Phillips did many of the illustrations). Their work covered everything from choppers to café racers — though its most popular model was known as the “Eliminator”, a tank, seat, sidecover combo that was strikingly similar to Craig Vetter’s Hurricane design (some Tracy kits also resemble Vetter’s iconic Mystery Ship). In addition to changing the bike’s appearance, the Eliminator also lowered the scoot’s center of gravity, affording it what Tracy supposedly called “super handling”.

Tracy kits were simple plug-and-play units that bolted directly onto the factory mounting points. Despite their “interesting” style, many of Tracy’s fuel cells actually held as much, or close to as much as the stock tanks they replaced, and Tracy’s kits almost always shaved a good deal of weight of the stock bike as well. Kits sold included a rolled leather or diamond stitched seat, and could be purchased in 1974 for only $170 ($870 in 2019). For an extra $70 ($360 in 2019) the outfit’s paint division, “Tracy & Friends” would do full bespoke paint jobs for customers.

This particular Tracy-bodied example is a ’75 Honda 450 with only 6,600 original miles on the clock. According to the seller, the bike has always been garage kept, “runs perfect”, and is reportedly all stock (aside from the Tracy kit of course, though the stock pieces are included). The ad says this Tracy kit was supposedly one of three to leave the factory wearing this unapologetically 1970s tri-tone livery. Unfortunately, the seller for whatever reason doesn’t have the Tracy kit’s front fairing mounted on the 450, though you can see it in other pictures in the ad.

For more info on Tracy Fiberglas Works, I highly recommend checking out an interview Fuel Tank did with Jim Phillips about his time with Nelson at the Santa Cruz outfit.

You can find this 1975 Honda 450 with Tracy Fiberglas Works’ “Eliminator” kit for sale here on Craigslist in Fall River Mills, California with a price of $3,500.

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