Adult Version Of The Little Tikes Toy Car Is Legal And It Goes Up To 70MPH

June 11, 2020 at 6:37 pm

Two brothers from the UK transformed the Cozy Coupe into a real life street cruiser

How much fun did we have as kids cruising around in our Little Tykes and Big Wheels?

If those memories get you revved up, then get ready for the the classic red and yellow adult sized version, which is now available for adults.

Geoff and John Bitmead used an old Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8 from 2000 and equipped it with a gas tank, airbags, headlights and mirrors. After their modifications, the newly transformed Cozy Coupe could reach a top speed of 70 miles per hour.

The adult sized Little Tyke cost over $5,000.00 to build and over 1,000 hours in labor in the course of 16 weeks. Since its inception, it’s traveled over 7,000 miles from Peterborough, Southampton and Bournemouth.

The Bitmeads  specialize in designing custom cars for TV and film productions. Their company, Attitude Autos, is set in an old army theatre just outside of Oxford, UK.

John was inspired to make the adult version when one of his employees told him how he motorized the kid sized edition for his son. That night he went to work drawing up plans, which he shared with his team the very next day.

“We had to cut the Daewoo in half to make it much smaller. Because of this we had to reinforce absolutely everything to make it super sturdy. The shortened length means that it now turns on a sixpence because of the shortened body, so it’s super agile and very easy to nip about in,” John said.

The toy version of the Cozy Coupe was designed in 1979 by Jim Mariol of Cincinnati-based Design Alliance, who had worked as a designer at at Chrysler since the 1950’s. The concept, described as “a cross between a Volkswagen Beetle and Fred Flintstone’s vehicle” was one of this first molded plastic cars sold in the U.S.