Beatnik Bandit, 1960
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 built on a 1955 Olds chassis that Ed shortened to 85 inches. It is powered by an old Olds engine, with twin Ford Carbs sitting on top the Bell Auto Parts blower.
Joy-stick steering control was the feature under the Bandit's custom bubble top. A fender mounted antenna operated the bubble top.
Beatnik Bandit in the Middle
The Beatnik Bandit can be seen at the National Automobile Museum, in Reno, Nevada.