1958 175cc Wildcat Scrambler
The 175cc Wildcat Scrambler was first introduced to the USA by Cosmo in late 1957. It was a mix of two models. The frame is a modified Speedster (Lusso Veloce) and had a GS motor installed. The Wildcat also used the same 501-xxx serial number series as the GS. The few cycle magazines that tested the Wildcat stated that bike was "very flexible in the dirt" and the motor was "powerful throughout it's rev range". There does not seem to be much information as to whether the Wildcat was used in competition, except for dealer made flyer of Don Droud's accomplishments on a heavily modified version with a 250 engine. In 1959, Cosmo offered a 200cc upgrade of the of this model as the last version before the 250 Wildcat came out.
Specifications: Capacity: 175cc / Output: 20HP @ 8800 RPM / Carburetion: Dell'Orto SS1 22.5 / Gas Tank: 1 3/4 Gallon / Gas Mileage: 90 MPG Weight: 228 lbs. / Max Speed: 90 MPH
Advertisements and factory photos for the 175 Wildcat are few and far between. Three factory pictures of the bike were used in almost all Wildcat ads. There was a three color, one page brochure for the European market, while Cosmo used magazines and a few flyers to advertise this model. Click the thumbnail to see the bigger picture.
Prices and colors: All models were sold with a gold frame, chrome fenders and a white and gold tank. Prices from a 1958 Cosmo order form states that the dealer costs for a Wildcat was $531.00 and the retail price was$699.00. The price was dropped to $599.00 in 1960 to make way for the 250 Wildcat.
Finding a 175 Wildcat will be difficult. Cosmo sold this model for about 3 years before moving onto the completely different 250 Wildcat. Most, if not all early Wildcats found in the states are either rusty projects with a lot of backyard modifications, or good condition projects that are missing all their sheetmetal and possibly their motors as well. Currently, there are about half a dozen Wildcat projects found with maybe one or two that run. A Parilla collector in Denver should have one restored and on the road shortly.