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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Beatnik Bandit by Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth

From Revell model car kits to being one of the first group of Hot Wheels created, the Beatnik Bandit is one of the most recognized custom show cars.

The Beatnik Bandit is also a case where carefully planned and executed graphics (blended metallics over a white pearl base, originally applied in a panel design by Larry Watson, then duplicated to perfection during restoration) enhance, rather than distract from, the overall effect. In other words, the paint was designed with the car, not simply applied as an afterthought.
1961 Beatnik Bandit. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1efIfI1)
Front view of 1961 Beatnik Bandit. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1GLPHm7)
This unique car built on a 1955 Olds chassis shortened to 85 inches and powered by an Olds engine. Twin Ford Carbs sit on top the Bell Auto Parts blower. Its hard not to notice the engine, which is a heavily chromed, Fritz Voight-tweaked Olds, mounting a Bell Auto Parts GMC 6-71 supercharger kit. Those are Scott tops atop the chromed and polished (by Model Plating) Stromberg 97 carbs.
Heavily chromed engine of 1961 Beatnik Bandit. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1Kqcn1q)
Joy-stick steering control was the feature under the Bandit's custom bubble top. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1Kqcn1q)
With the Starbird-inspired bubbletop either up or down, the Eddie Matrinez-stitched pearl Naugahyde interior is a study in functional simplicity. Note the instrument pod and single, centrally located control stick that does it all This is yet another item inspired by Starbird when he and Ed toured the show circuit in 1960--Ed with his groundbreaking Outlaw roadster, and Darryl with his unistick controlled Predicta T-Bird.
The Beatnik Bandit II was built by Ed in the mid 90s in Manti, UT, as a modern version of the original car. It was also the last Roth vehicle worked on by his longtime henchman, Dirty Doug. Beatnik Bandit II is a tribute to Ed's famous 1960 Beatnik Bandit show car.
1995 Beatnik Bandit II. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1Hv8dF3)
This muscular creation is powered by a chromed Chevy 350. Sharing different design cues from the original most noteable is the custom bubble top. Ed said he wanted something to enter all those wild burnout contests with, when asked about the horsepower he put into this car. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RAT FINK | HOT ROD NETWORK | MRGASSER.COM]
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