Beatnik Bandit

The Hot Wheels Beatnik Bandit was based upon a show car created by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth in 1961. The car features a clear bubble canopy, fiberglass body, and a joystick instead of a steering wheel.

The die-cast vehicle was a 1968 release and was designed by Harry Bradley. It was produced in a variety of Spectraflame colors and has several possible interior colors: white, tan, brown, grey, and black. It has bearing redline wheels.

Production was in the U.S. and Hong Kong with some noticeable differences. A U.S. car has a clear canopy, a joystick, and a dual injector engine.

A Hong Kong car has a blue tinted canopy, a steering wheel, an engine with a blower, and larger headlights and grille. The base has mechanical details, suspension holes, and “Hong Kong”.

Included with the car was a collector’s button. The button has a blue Beatnik Bandit on a yellow background and can have a notched tab or a smooth tab. There is a variation with a light yellow background.

  • Manufactured:
  • Hong Kong
  • , US
  • Stock No. 6217
  • Colors US
  • Spectraflame Antifreeze
  • Spectraflame Aqua
  • Spectraflame Blue
  • Spectraflame Brown
  • Spectraflame Copper
  • Spectraflame Creamy Pink
  • Spectraflame Gold
  • Spectraflame Green
  • Spectraflame Hot Pink
  • Spectraflame Light Blue
  • Spectraflame Lime
  • Spectraflame Magenta
  • Spectraflame Olive
  • Spectraflame Orange
  • Spectraflame Purple
  • Spectraflame Red
  • Spectraflame Rose
  • Spectraflame Yellow
  • Colors HK
  • Spectraflame Aqua
  • Spectraflame Blue
  • Spectraflame Copper
  • Spectraflame Creamy Pink
  • Spectraflame Green
  • Spectraflame Olive
  • Spectraflame Orange
  • Spectraflame Red
  • Spectraflame Purple
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