They’re a couple of fun guys, these brothers in England. John and Geoff Bitmead built their own road-worthy Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, and now it’s for sale on eBay in the UK, listed at £21,500 (about US$34,000).
Underneath, the replica’s an old Daewoo Matiz SE0.8, with a top speed of 70 mph. They put about a thousand hours into the conversion. A huge hit online in 2013 after being revealed on national TV, the car got 21 million views in just eight hours. Since then, it’s logged 5,000 miles for appearances at charity events.
“I love driving it. It turns heads wherever it goes and it always causes big queues of people wanting to take a look and get a picture with it,” says John.
The toy Cozy Coupe has been a hit with kids for three decades. It was when they noticed a similarity between its front and its headlights to those of the Daewoo that the brothers got the “nutty idea” to build the adult version, which has an airbag, working lights and mirrors for safety.
Geoff said his company – Attitude Autos, based in Bicester – decided to sell the car after it failed to bring in enough revenue.
“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, it could bring back some money for us.”
It’s “part of people’s childhood and their children’s childhood”, Geoff 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 it on the road.”
The two, whose business is making cars for TV and films, are already working on their next big project: a four-berth “creepy” camper designed and built in the style of “The Addams Family”.
That will be finished by Halloween next year, and John says there’s an element of selfishness in the madness.
“I don’t want to do the normal stuff,” he explains. “I do it for my own enjoyment and I love seeing the reaction to them on the road.”