Captured during its stint at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the Surfite still looks, well, weird. According to the Roth website, Surfite is powered by a chrome-plated 1,269cc Austin engine from a Mini Cooper. More impressive, this single-seater went onto the green at Amelia under its own power. The beach buggy had all the essentials for an avid surfer — space for a surfboard. It hasseat in which to sit and the all-important windshield wiper.
While the Surfite isn’t one of Roth’s most well-known creations, it did get some time on-screen in the 1964 film “Bikini Beach” and was immortalized in plastic as part of a Revell/Monogram model kit.
Compared to the classic Porsches and priceless Duesenbergs peppering the Amelia Island Concours, the Surfite had to look even weirder outside its normal context of a custom car show, a wacky beach movie or stuffed in a museum exhibit dedicated to early 1960s show rods. If you want to see what else was at Amelia, check out our coverage here.