Garage builds road-legal version of the classic Little Tikes Cozy Coupe toy.
Remember the yellow and red Little Tikes Cozy Coupe? Well it’s back ─ only this time it’s fully road-legal and capable of 70mph thanks to its maker John Bitmead from Oxfordshire.
Unlike its much smaller counterpart, which was either powered by an unwilling adult or the tiny driver’s own feet, the giant Little Tikes Cozy Coupe has an airbag, headlights, mirrors and indicators so it can drive on UK roads.
It does, however, share the same lack of windows – a feature Bitmead said was key to the design. There are also two giant drink holders for added authenticity.
The adult-sized Little Tikes cost more than £4,000 and took 1,000 hours to build. A lot more than the £50 toy that has been around for 35 years. It will be used to raise money for various childrens charities, with a drive from John O’Groats to Lands End planned.
Performance is surprisingly good, considering. It has a top speed of 70mph thanks to an 800cc petrol engine borrowed from a Daewoo Matiz and will allegedly do 0 to 62mph in 17 seconds.
The car was built by garage Attitude Autos in Ambrosden, Oxfordshire. “We set up the company to make unique bespoke vehicles for film, television and photography,” managing director Nigel Douglas told the Oxford Mail.
When asked by the BBC about why he built the Little Tikes car, Bitmead replied: “I just thought what a wonderful idea to make something like that but real. As soon as I thought about it, I thought I know the car straight away. It’s got to be one of these.”
Attitude Autos said it would build a replica for £8,000, just in case you’re tempted.