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Pick of the Day: ‘Big Daddy’ Roth-design trike

3-wheel motorcycle has original Rat Fink shifter knob


If the name Ed Roth doesn’t trigger happy thoughts, you might be too young to have grown up fascinated by his creations, custom vehicle designs done under Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s Rat Fink brand.

So impressive were his designs and his influence on both car and popular culture that the National Corvette Museum did an exhibition of his creations in 2021. Roth custom cars included the Orbitron, Mysterion, Bubble Ray and many others, and there were toys and T-shirts and model kits galore.

Roth, who was nicknamed because of his 6-foot-4 height, died in 2001 at age 69.

The Pick of the Day is offered as a Roth design, an ASVE Custom 3-wheel motorcycle, a 1966 trike that the Las Vegas dealer advertising the vehicle on ClassicCars.com notes is titled as a 2004 ASVE build (ASVE is short for Assembled Vehicle, generally one that is homemade rather than produced by an original-equipment manufacturer).

“Big Daddy Ed Roth was an innovator in all things custom whether it be car, bikes or trikes throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s and beyond,” the dealer reports in the ad. “Having been influenced and a part of the groovy culture of that time, this trike is wonderfully creative example. The trike has a silver metalflake base with blue striping over the design from head to tail. 

“Hanging just below the handlebars is the correct chrome Roth Logo. In a laid-back design allowing for two up riding, this one has all the power needed coming from a VW 1,904cc rear-mounted engine. All controls, including clutch, brakes and throttle are forward mounted for easy reach. 

“A nice vintage touch is the addition of a Dodge Charger gas filler cap for the fuel take just ahead of a mini tachometer with a Drag Specialties Speedometer easily in sight. 

“One of the cool features on this trike is the original Rat Fink Shifter Knob to handle movement through the gears.”

The trike has a 17-inch wire wheel in front with springer-style suspension. In the rear are a pair of 15-inch wheels.

The odometer shows just shy of 5,000 miles traveled.

“Looking for something unique while at the same time gives two-up travel and way to dip back into a cooler time, then this is the trike for you,” the dealer notes. 

The trike is being offered for $24,000. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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