The brothers who constructed the car said they had the "nutty idea" to build the motoring marvel after noticing the similarity of the front and headlamps of the Daewoo to the Cozy Coupe classic toy.
Remember those red and yellow Little Tikes plastic cars? Growing up, most children had a lot of fun playing in those, pretending to be adults. But now, it's time for us adults to pretend to be kids, because believe it or not, there now exists a version of those plastic cars for grownups. Brothers Geoff and John Bitmead were feeling all the nostalgic feels when they decided to turn the Cozy Coupe into a functioning adult version. According to BBC, the car takes petrol, has a tax disc, and can reach speeds of up to 70mph (110km/h).
It is basically a modified Daewoo Matiz, and it surprisingly also comes with an airbag, headlights, and mirrors. Sadly, Geof said his company Attitude Autos, based in Bicester, was selling the car after it failed to bring in enough revenue. However, the brothers said they had the "nutty idea" to build the motoring marvel after noticing the similarity of the front and headlamps of the Daewoo to the Cozy Coupe classic toy.
While it captivated passers-by, the car which cost about £30,000 ($36,975.90) to build, it quite failed to rake in the money as they had hoped it would. "We were hoping it would be out on a regular basis, create some revenue and recoup the money used to build it," he explained. "But in real life, it ended up going out four or five times in two years. So we thought we might as well sell it and if anyone's interested in buying it that will bring back some money for us."
The fascination for their "Big Tike" is down to the design being a "part of people's childhood and their children's childhood", Geof said. "They're amazed to see the real thing on the road. I've seen people with tattoos all up their arms walking along the road just cheering at us. There was that kind of response to it. Everybody recognized it. It's part of our life. We see these things in people's front gardens, and now you can see them on the road."
Well, even though the car sales weren't all that great, that doesn't mean that the Bitmeads' have stopped coming up with their wacky schemes. They hope to put the money received towards creating an Addams Family-inspired "creepy" camper van. The thing is, this car is now giving people a lot of ideas, and a lot of them want to upgrade their golf carts to this one.
Elena Adams added: When I was pregnant with my son in 1980. I was stationed at Fort Sheridan Illinois and went to a Toys R Us near the base, and saw the car and fell in love with the car, I want it to buy it and wait until the baby was old enough. But I thought that if something happened to the baby I would have a big problem on my hands. I forgot all about the car and one day I took Bobby to the same store, he was about a year old, and this time he saw the car ran and started running around the store. An employee came to me and told me that he shouldn’t do that and I responded that I was buying the car for him, but the man insisted to have my child stop. I purchased the car and he was crazy over it for a long, long time. I always remind him about the car and he smiles with affection for the car. I found a miniature one and gave it to him as a present. Today he is 39 years old.