Top Ten Ed Roth Custom CarsThis is a top ten listing for cars that were built by one of the pioneers of the Kustom Kulture himself, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, who is also well-known for his monster shirts and the Rat Fink character.
The Top Ten
The Beatnik Bandit is Big Daddy's most famous creation. It has become a model kit, as well as one of the very first Hot Wheels cars, too!
This true blue show car made by Roth features an RGB headlight assembly, along with the usual bubbletop canopy, as well as a T.V. set in the cockpit. It went missing for several years, until it was found in front of a porn shop somewhere in Mexico and was used as a dumpster. The car has since been retrieved and restored to its former glory.
This was the first car Ed built with his special fibreglass/plaster method. For the shifter, it had Excaliber, a Revolutionary War sword owned by his mother-in-law's family. The car was also originally to be named Excaliber, but changed it to Outlaw because people were having trouble pronouncing the former right. Roth had also sold Little Jewel to pay for the chrome work on the Outlaw.
This little yellow vehicle was built to be a true surfer's car, with its unique custom surfboard carrier body boasting an Austin Mini Cooper chassis with a chrome 1269cc Mini Cooper engine. It appeared for a split second in Beach Blanket Bingo. It had also appeared in 1964's Village of the Giants, too.
This lean, mean, aluminum-bodied dragster won many top eliminators at the dragstrips in its time! Ed Roth came up with this vehicle when he overheard George Schreiber AKA The Bushmaster talking about how streamlined dragsters were making better times. Speaking of Mr. Schreiber, he was the one who drove the 'Fang, as well!
Ed's first foray into the custom car scene; a 1930 Model A Tudor with an Oldsmobile engine painted by Wally Jordan. Ed sold it in order to pay for the Outlaw's chrome work.
Built in 1963, this beauty with the strange, offset headlight has dual Ford V8 engines and dual welded rear ends for the foundation. Painted in candy yellow by Larry Watson. Inspired by multi-engined dragsters that Roth had seen at the dragstrips.
Simply the greatest hot rod ever created.
Created in 1995 in tribute to the original Beatnik Bandit, this car featured new design cues, especially with the bubbletop canopy. Otherwise, the similarities between the two are all too clear.
Another unique creation by Big Daddy himself, looking like something out of a fairy tale or the Addams Family. From the deco pieces to Larry Watson's veiling paint technique, it was a real show stopper. A Dodge engine and transmission powers it, along with a blower and a carburetor for easier start-ups at the shows, along with the gas tank inside a small coffin on the back of the vehicle
This futuristic creation by Roth features two 650cc Bell Auto Parts-built Triumph engines laid on their side, with a high-pressure prop on each one to allow the Rotar to move on land and water. Also features plywood directional flaps and a rear fin inspired by the '59 Cadillac owned by Roth.