ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT ON COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961

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ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT ON COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961
« on: June 04, 2014, 03:44:55 PM »
The Beatnik Bandit was designed and built by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. Ed came up with the ideas, and Joe Henning helped him get them down on paper. During the build, the design of the Beatnik Bandit changed several times. Ed Roth began working on the car in 1960. He had originally planned to name his cars after cowboys of the old west and the original name for the Beatnik Bandit was actually the Bandit. But after reading about a bank robber called the Beatnik Bandit, Ed changed the name on the car.

As a concept, the Beatnik Bandit was first revealed to the public in Rod & Custom June 1960. Sketched by Joe Henning the Beatnik Bandit was presented in a story titled "The Graph of Roth".

The Beatnik Bandit was based on a 1950 Oldsmobile chassis that Ed shortened down to 85 inches. The body was built from Fiberglas and sported a 360 degree vision plexiglas canopy. The idea for the Bubble Top came from Bobby Darrin's Dream Car. The Bubble Top was made using a pizza oven. Ed put some regular plastic in the oven, and then blew it up like a balloon while it was still hot. Ed got this idea from Louie Aguirre. The top was operated by the fender mounted antenna.

Steering, gas, shifting and gears on the car were operated using a chromed center stick. According to Ed Roth the Beatnik Bandit was the first show car that he hauled on a trailer 100 percent of the time. The stick has probably something to do with this. The upholstery in the car was done by Eddie Martinez.

When the bodywork on the car was finished, Ed brought the Beatnik Bandit to Larry Watson's Watson's House of Style for a paint job. Ed didn't have the money required to paint the car, so he made a deal with Watson that he could take all the time he needed on the car, and that he got paid in Rat Fink T-Shirts.

The original Oldsmobile engine was built by Fritz Voight and featured a Bell Auto Parts blower with twin Ford carbs.

After being hauled all over the country to and from different car shows, the car had green paint and a lot of changes had been made to it. Dirty Doug painted the second version of the car. In 1970 Ed sold the car to Jim Brucker for $50. Jim kept the car until 1973 when he traded it to Harrah's in Reno, Nevada. Harrah's restored the car back to its original version in 1985. Today the car is still in Harrah's possession, and the car is on permanent display at the National Automobile Museum in Reno.
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Re: ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2014, 03:47:16 PM »
ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961
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Re: ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2014, 03:49:43 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2014, 03:50:39 PM »
AUTORAMA
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2014, 03:51:19 PM »
ROTH
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2014, 04:15:10 PM »
Cool story & photos!
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Re: ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2014, 07:32:29 PM »
This is my very favorite Roth creation although I didn't know Watson painted it.  I saw it several time at shows in the 60's.  I took these photos at the Long Beach Motorama in 2011...

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Re: ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2014, 08:40:47 PM »
This is my very favorite Roth creation although I didn't know Watson painted it.  I saw it several time at shows in the 60's.  I took these photos at the Long Beach Motorama in 2011...
THOSE ARE SOME REALLY NICE SHOT'S.
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Re: ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT ON COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2014, 08:41:35 PM »
Rodding and Re-styling
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2014, 08:43:18 PM »
VINTAGE PHOTO'S.
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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2014, 08:44:23 PM »
WONDER WHAT THE GALS ARE THINKING.
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Re: ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT ON COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2014, 02:09:09 PM »
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Re: ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT ON COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2015, 11:20:27 AM »
Beatnik Bandit.
It's been over a yr.What the hell.
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Re: ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT ON COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961
« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2016, 06:05:24 PM »
ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT
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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2016, 08:51:39 PM »
Photos by Pat Brollier.
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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2016, 08:53:53 PM »
Photos by Pat Brollier.
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Re: ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT ON COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2017, 01:06:08 PM »
Photos by Pat Brollier taken back in July of 1960.
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« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2017, 03:42:35 PM »
Photos by Pat Brollier taken back in July of 1960.
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« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2017, 06:41:22 PM »
What an incredible talent!

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Re: ROTH'S BEATNIK BANDIT ON COVER OF CAR CRAFT MAY 1961
« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2017, 06:08:53 PM »
Photos by Pat Brollier taken back in July of 1960.
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« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2017, 06:10:08 PM »
Photos by Pat Brollier taken back in July of 1960.
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« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2017, 06:11:36 PM »
Photos by Pat Brollier taken back in July of 1960.
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« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2017, 06:13:37 PM »
Indoor car show.
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