Beatnik Bandit

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A white car with brown stripes, with open wheels and a clear bubble canopy over twin seats, and exposed, chromed engine with a blower.

The Beatnik Bandit is a custom car created in 1961 by "Big Daddy" Ed Roth, originally as a project for Rod & Custom magazine.[1] A Hot Wheels car was made based on the Beatnik Bandit.[2] 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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  2. ^ Roth, Ed (2003), Rat Fink: The Art of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Last Gasp, pp. 50–51, ISBN 0-86719-544-4 


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