The guy who designed this car should be put in charge of designing the next Prowler or Crossfire. Or at least the next Pacer. Drawing inspiration from George Jetson’s daily driver, he created the *Beatnik Bubbletop* – a cavalcade of car parts brilliantly conjured together.
Photography by Patrick Ernzen, courtesy Auctions America
The Beatnik Bubbletop has a surreal design. It is the brainchild of Gary “Chopit” Fioto. He started with a 1955 Ford, from which he extracted the roof, chassis and drivetrain, leaving only the cowl, doors and hood. He took the chosen components and wedded them to a 1988 Lincoln Town Car. For power, he deposited a Chevy small-block V-8 fed by six carbs that poke out of the hood.
Thanks to Hemmings blog for the tip on Fioto’s creation. Editor Daniel Strohl describes the rhapsody of parts conjured from different cars that Fioto added to his vision.
“A set of canted-quad Lincoln headlamps glower over a 1959 Cadillac front bumper. A 1958 Cadillac front bumper and grille underpin the 1960 Chrysler taillamps and fins. Fioto sculpted the wheel skirts into the rest of the body using only steel. The interior features pleated pearl white Naugahyde seats and a rocket-ship instrument cluster, beneath the clear plastic bubble that Fioto blew himself.”
Click on Beatnik Bubbletop to enjoy more of Gary’s creation.
After 5 years of work, Gary debuted the car in 2005. The Beatnik started winning awards immediately. Suitably it began with the grand prize at bubble-visionary Darryl Starbird’s annual rod and custom show.
Although it soon sold for darn near $400,000 at an RM Auction, the Beatnik’s value is thought to have deflated to something closer to $150,000 – $250,000. It is going on the blocks at Auction America on July 17-18 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.
Please share this with anyone who wonders why today’s cars don’t have crazier designs!