The ’60s were all about the surfer lifestyle before the Beatles took over the airwaves. Movies like “Gidget” and “Beach Party” and music from the likes of Dick Dale, fueled the sand-crazed desires of Midwestern and East Coast teenagers. Custom producer Ed “Big Daddy” Roth Surfite, always looking for a fresh idea.
The Surfite still looks, pretty weird
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.