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John Bitmead's Little Tykes car (pic: BBC News)

John Bitmead’s Little Tykes car (pic: BBC News)

Ever looked at a child’s toy and wished they made a bigger version for grown-ups? Be honest, you have, I have and so has your best friend’s dad.

So we should all doff our caps to John Bitmead, from Oxfordshire, who spent £4,000 taking a Daewoo Matiz and converting it to look exactly like a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. And that means no windows, red plastic bodywork, and a massive cup-holder.

John, his brother Geoff, and friend Nigel Douglas spent five months on the conversion, and their creation is fully roadworthy, even on British motorways, has a 800cc engine and can reach a top speed of 70mph.

John told Metro: “We were chatting one day about how more people have probably driven a Cozy Coupe than any other kind of car – and it snowballed from there.

“I love setting myself a challenge, and once I’d got the idea in my head, I was determined to see it through.”

Although if you fancy something similar yourself, you may wish to think carefully about where to drive it, as John explained: “We took it on the motorway once, but I’m too scared to do it again in case we cause an accident.”

And that would require grown-up boo-boo plasters and some fairly massive cookies.

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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