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|