The Beatnik Bandit is a custom car created in 1961 by "Big Daddy" Ed Roth, originally as a project for Rod & Custom magazine. A Hot Wheels car was made based on the Beatnik Bandit. The thing that made the Beatnik Bandit different from most other cars, though, was that, instead of a steering wheel, it was controlled by a joystick. The engine is a supercharged 303 cubic inch Oldsmobile.
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Osgerby, Bill (2005), Biker: Truth and Myth: How the Original Cowboy of the Road Became the Easy Rider of the Silver Screen, Globe Pequot, p. 80, ISBN1-59228-841-3