The Beatnik Bandit was designed by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth
and was the second of his creations to tour with the International
Championship Auto Shows (ICAS), in the 1960-61 season. The Outlaw
was Roth's first ICAS custom, but the Bandit was the first Roth
car created by their Show Car Division specifically for the show
circuit. The Beatnik Bandit started out as a project car for Rod
& Custom magazine and was built using a '55 Olds frame which
was shortened, then covered n plaster to create a mold for the
all-fiberglass body. The twin carbureted blown Oldsmobile mill
sits ahead of a handmade bubble top created by softening a plastic
sheet in a large pizza oven.
Bandit's one-arm steering stick, mounted between the gold trimmed
white naugahyde seats, also controlled the throttle and shifting
of the car. The Beatnik Bandit toured all over the country in the
Sixties, and by 1970 had been repainted green. The car was sold to
Harrah's in Reno, who restored it back to its original condition.
The Beatnik Bandit can currently be seen at the National
Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada.
The candy apple red, all steel-bodied Sillouhette was hand formed
and built by Bill Cushenberry starting with a modified '56 Buick
frame. The car was completed by the summer of '62, and sported a
fuel injected Buick engine and wire wheels. These were later
replaced with a dual quad 429 Ford and slotted mag wheels in 1963,
when it was purchased by Ford to tour the with the ICAS events as
a featured car of the Ford Custom Car Caravan. The complete half
of the windshield in front of the integrated roll-bar is hinged at
the base to tilt forward. The steering column also raises to allow
for easy access into the red and white leather interior, which
features a "floating" instrument panel and bucket seats.
The Car Craft Dream Rod is now more commonly known to us redliners
as the Python. This car was commisioned to Bill Cushenberry by
Promotions Inc. for the 1963-64 ICAS tour. The car is based on a
drawing that appeared on the cover of Car Craft magazine in
October 1961. It was built on a high performance sports car chasis
which utilized a 289 Ford engine. The asymmetrical body was built
using fiberglass and individual sheet metal panels from Pontiac
and Studebaker. Note that for the Hot Wheels car, Mattel designers
decided to omit the headlight pod protruding out of the front
grille -- which I think was a good choice.
The Dodge Deora was designed by Harry Bradley and commissioned in
1964 to show-winning customizers Mike and Larry Alexander. It was
then unveiled in their home town during the Detroit Autorama in
1967, where it won the coveted Riddler Award. The Deora is based
on the mid-engined Dodge D-100 which was chopped, sectioned, and
channeled to create the fully functional, futuristic pickup.
Entrance into the candy gold painted custom is achieved by lifting
up the windshield and entering through the front. The truck
continued to tour with the ICAS tour and racked up numerous awards
on the way.
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The Li'l Coffin, also known to Redliners as the Demon or Prowler.
Was custom built by Darryl Starbird for Monogram models and went
on tour with the ICAS in 1963-64. This chopped and channeled '32
Ford sedan features a cantilevered roof and a "floating"
windshield. It's powered by a 426 Hemi, "6-Pack" (six
single barrel carburetors), and has a fully pleated white
The Hot Wheels Paddy Wagon was fashioned after the Tom Daniel's
design for the popular Monogram plastic model kit. However, Daniel
was no doubt inspired by the original Paddy Wagon which was
designed and built by Carl Casper. Casper took nearly four years
to construct this wild custom which toured with the ICAS during
the 1968-69 season. The hand-built body and "passenger"
compartment features highly polished wooden trim and brass
plating. The 1910 Ford fenders surrounding the blue and white
pearlescent body sit on top of a fully chromed customized chassis,
which is powered by a 427 cid Ford with four 4-barrel carburetors.
Reversing the usual procedure of developing plastic models from
full size vehicles, the Red Baron show car was inspired by the Tom
Daniel's Monogram model kit of the same name. Commissioned to
custom car builder Chuck Miller by the Show Car Division of the
ISCA, it was unveiled at the Detroit Autorama in January 1969. The
Red Baron was originally designed by Tom Daniel for Monogram
Models, and converting the design to full scale was much easier
said than achieved. For instance, Daniel incorporated a 1914
Mercedes aircraft engine to power his Baron. However, due to its
improper scale, (hey, Daniel is an artist, not a car builder!)
Miller had to improvise, powering his Red Baron with a Pontiac
non-cost-effective situation were the custom wheels conceived by
Tom Daniel: Miller was forced replicate these by using metal
sheet, cut them to resemble the wheels in the model kit, paint
them black, and attach them to chromed steel wheels. The
hand-formed, all steel body, equipped with replicated machine
guns, sits atop a custom built frame and is topped off with a
large fiberglass German WWI helmet. This is where another problem
arose for Miller. Although Daniels' kit featured a chrome plated
helmet, Miller was unable to achieve this with his car, as no
companies at the time had large enough plating equipment. Miller
was forced to settle for a silver metal flake paint job instead.