- Beatnik Bandit II is a second generation Beatnik Bandit.
- It features a stylized Rat Fink designs on the sides.
- Rat Fink was Roth’s most famous cartoon character.
Ed “Big Daddy” Roth is famous for his unique creations, including Beatnik Bandit, Outlaw, Rat Fink, and others. The first to put designs on sweatshirts and T-shirts in the early 1950s, Roth began designing his unique vehicles in the 1960s.
A second generation to Roth’s famous, original Beatnik Bandit built in 1960, Beatnik Bandit II TM features a one-of-a-kind fiberglass body with PPG Lemon Meringue Pie paint, stylized Rat Fink designs on the sides, and chrome by Metal Masters of Salt Lake City, Utah. It includes many unique design features, including an electronic console, which operates the digital instrument panel and other features, such as a digital readout of the car’s latitude and longitude. The lack of a rearview mirror is not a problem on this car. A “TV mirror” video monitor is mounted on the console and the camera is mounted on the rear panel. The bubble top is also lifted electronically.
Beatnik Bandit IITM was built entirely by Roth who credits “revelations from Father in Heaven” for his achievement. It has been shown in major U.S. cities including Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston, as well as in Yokohama, Japan.