The Beatnik Bandit is a custom car created in 1961 by "Big Daddy" Ed Roth, originally as a project for Rod & Custom magazine. The car rides on a 1950 Oldsmobile chassis that has been shortened to 85 inches and is powered by a supercharged 303 cu in (5.0 L) Oldsmobile engine.
In 1968, the year Hot Wheels was founded, Mattel contacted Ed Roth about making a Hot Wheels car based on the Beatnik Bandit. The model became one of the "Sweet 16", or the original 16 Hot Wheels designs. The Bandit's most notable feature is the fact it is controlled using a joystick rather than a traditional steering wheel. Also notable is its use of a front hinged canopy door.