Many people have fond memories of playing with Little Tikes toy cars as children. These classic toys, which were popular in the 1980s and 1990s and featured red plastic bodies and yellow roofs, have been re-released in a new form for adults to use on the road. The updated version, called the Big Tike, is designed to be road-safe.
1. The Big Tike Was Created By Mechanics And Brothers Geoff And John Bitmead
The owners of Attitude Autos in Bicester, England noticed that the Daewoo Matiz had a similar appearance to the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe and decided to turn it into a road-safe version of the popular children's toy. They succeeded in creating a stunning and functional version of the classic Cozy Coupe.
2. Yes, You Can Actually Drive This
The adult-sized Big Tike toy car is capable of reaching speeds of up to 70 MPH and runs on regular unleaded gasoline. It also has safety features such as an airbag, headlights, and mirrors. It is sure to turn heads and garner attention when driven on the road.
3. It Wasn't Cheap To Build
The process of creating and customizing the Big Tike toy car cost approximately £30,000 (or $38,000). The brothers who built the car hoped that it would generate revenue for their company, but it did not end up being as successful as they had hoped. They decided to put the car up for sale a few years ago. According to John, "We were hoping it would be out regularly, create some revenue and recoup the money used to build it. 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."
4. It's Unclear Where It Is Now, But Keep Your Eyes Peeled On The Road For It
The Big Tike toy car was put up for sale for £21,500 and was eventually purchased by someone. The car is likely being driven on the road somewhere, so it is worth keeping an eye out for it and giving a wave or honk of the horn if you happen to see it pass by.