Ed Roth’s Mysterion

The Mysterion looks like he’s sprung from the animated series „Futurama“ or from an episode of the early Starship Enterprise series and a one-eyed alien would jump out of the glass dome anytime. But far from it. The Mysterion is a creation of the custom car and hot rod designer Ed „Big Daddy“ Roth. „The Mysterion“ was one of his most famous vehicles, alongside the 1961 Beatnik Bandit, the 1959 Outlaw, or the Orbitron of 1961. All vehicles wore Ed Roth’s bizarre handwriting and looked more futuristic and UFO-like.

The Mysterion is based on the dragster race cars of the time and contains corresponding bonds, such as the two freestanding engine blocks, the small front-mounted front wheels and the far rear protruding driver’s cockpit.

The three-part body is made of fiberglass. As a basis, Roth used a plaster model of his form. The gypsum blank was taken out of the parts before the plastic parts dried out. An unusual technique that distinguished Ed Roth. Ford provided Ed Rot with three V8 engines, of which Roth installed two engines.

The cockpit was designed with gray long hair flokati. In contrast, the driver and front passenger seats were covered with shiny silver imitation leather.
It remains to be mentioned, however, that the real mystery of Ed Roth no longer exists. The auction vehicle at RM Auctions is a replica of the Mysterion.

The Mysterion went on tour after its completion and has been shown at several automobile shows and events. First by Roth personally, later by his friend Bob Larivee Sr., who showed the vehicle on several roadshows. The Mysterion was not designed for such punishment. Again and again, the frame is broken below the two engines. Bob Larivee Sr. Separated himself from the Mysterion by just letting him stand by the side of the road. Ed Roth just wanted the two engines and both axles back. The empty shell of the Mysterion was someday foreclosed to a new owner when the land on which it stood was sold. After almost ten years, the Mysterion came back to Ed Roth. This was not excited and a rebuild from.

A collector acquired the remains of the Mysterion and rebuilt it faithfully in painstaking mini-work. Ed Roth gave him permission to continue calling the vehicle „The Mysterion“.