Some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around the classic Little Tikes Cozy Coupe car. Who can forget that fiery red body, roof the color of mustard, and our tiny feet’s effort to propel the badass vehicle? No one, I tell you!
Source: Digital Deconstruction
But, I am all grown up now, and my legs are far too long to even fit in the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, let alone propel it like Fred Flintstone. And what’s a grown man to do now?
Well, luckily, I clicked on Diply and – gasp – found out that someone made a real-life, I mean adult-life, fully functional, gasoline-powered version of the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe!
We can all thank brothers Geoff and John Bitmead, along with their friend Nigel Douglas for allowing us to take our favorite childhood car for a spin! It all started back in 2013, when the trio assembled to disassemble a Daewoo Matiz, and re-assemble it back into a legal, real car version of the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe.
The more than cosmetic surgery to turn the Matiz into the Cozy Coupe required for some drastic steps. First, the team had to chop off the entire top of the Matiz and slap on the trademark yellow mustard roof. No windows, though, of course – so they just removed the ones from the Matiz. Finally, the wheelbase had to be shortened, while the engine had to remain the same.
CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS!
The results? See for yourselves!
The life-sized version of everyone’s favorite childhood car can go from 0 to 62 mph in 17 seconds, and allegedly costs $58,000. Which is… approximately 1,160 toy cars. I say it pays off!