• May 15, 2007
Its amazing what a brush with fame will do for the most ordinary objects. Ed "Big Daddy" Roth was certainly an integral part of the hot-rodding scene, and he went from pinstriping to building full-on custom cars and back to striping as his career progressed. This little Honda was the perfect transportation, t-shirt sales shop, workbench and advertisment for a journeyman striper with a name that preceeded him. The history of this car is fascinating, though we have trouble thinking that it's $8,000 worth of interesting. The current owner apparently thinks the past of this vehicle is worthy of making it a museum piece, and the eBay post has a long-winded manifesto about how he'd like to see the car utilized after the sale. We love hotrodding and the history of the hobby, but we still find the valuation a little dubious. At least it stands a better chance of getting its final bid than the General Lee.

Thanks to Mike for the tip.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      $8,000 for that hunk of shit?

      Riiiiiiiiight.
      • 7 Years Ago
      CARLOS:

      "...but unless he had two of these early Honda civics this one on eBay may be a fake"

      from the link you provided:

      "The tiny Coupe performed yeoman duty over the next few years before being replaced by a series of Honda Civics."

      Going by the history in the link you provided (if accurate) it is possible that this could be another one...
      • 7 Years Ago
      wouldn't that be neat mounted on a wall in the house? talk about abstract artwork.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I grew up two doors down from Ed from '78 till he moved to utah. even got to throw up a brush stroke on that car .his humble day-to-day transportation was also his sketch pad ,pallet, supply box,and teacher's chalkboard. but relevent to your comment, Ed had a clear plexi/lexan/acrylic coffee table in his living room that encased a completely chromed-out honda 4-banger motor. it had ignition wiring, belts,and hoses like a show car would have. the thing was internally lit with colorful neon lights. he loved those motors............god bless him.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dont know Ed Roths history well enough but unless he had two of these early Honda civics this one on eBay may be a fake. It now seems like the auction was removed.

      The original 1973 Honda 600 Custom Coupe owned by ed 'Big Daddy' Roth sold at an RM Auction last year for $58,850! Yes Big Daddy Roth is a big deal in the Hot Roding community and a piece of history like that is definitely worth more than $8k. Come on Autoblog do some homework on automotive history!

      It was also red and covered in Ed Roths famous artwork.

      See link below Lot # 390 for the real Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth Civic.
      http://www.rmauctions.com/AuctionResults.cfm?SaleCode=BC06#
      • 7 Years Ago
      nice catch Jeremy, it appears there are more Honda Civics that were used at Roths studios. I guess the question is if these other civics were painted on by Roth himself.

      the reason I questioned this auction was becuase the red civic in the eBay auction looked similar to the one auctioned off by RM. I also question why it would be sold on eBay as a public auction. Then again the General Lee was posted as a public eBay auction so I guess people dont really understand how to list expensive items on eBay.