Note: This page is for the detailed '100% Hot Wheels' version of the Beatnik Bandit. Please see Beatnik Bandit for the original Redline and Re-Tooled releases.

Beatnik Bandit
Debut Series Blood, Sweat & Gears 2-Car Set
Produced 2002
Designer Ed Roth (1:1)
Number 55478
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The Beatnik Bandit is a Hot Wheels casting which debuted in the 100% Hot Wheels Blood, Sweat & Gears 2-Car Set. It is based on the custom car created by Ed Roth in 1960.

The real-life Beatnik Bandit was built on a shortened 1950 Oldsmobile chassis and featured an fiberglass custom body, complete with a bubble-top which doubled as both the roof and door. It also featured a unique 'control stick' which operated the acceleration, brakes, steering and gear changes. The car still exists today and is on permanent display at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada.

The Hot Wheels version debuted as part of the 'Original 16' from 1968 and was re-tooled in 1993 and 2012, although this version of the Beatnik Bandit differs from these. The 100% Hot Wheels version includes detailed headlights and engine, and an opening 'bubble-top' roof. It was only used once before being discontinued.


The Beatnik Bandit has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
N/A 2002 Blood, Sweat & Gears 2-Car Set White Orange Pattern all over Black / Metal Clear White Whitewall RR 55478 China Beatnik Bandit 100.JPG

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