Big boy’s toy: John Bitmead behind the wheel of his full-size Cozy Coupe with an 800cc engine, which as built aroud a Daewoo Matiz.
Craziest coupe on the rod.
Mechanic’s full-size replica of the classic children’s card does 0-60mph in 17 seconds.
Most of us grew out of our oassion for pedalling a toy car around the garden by the time we started school. No so John Bitmead, who has created an adult version of the classic children’s car the Cozy Coupe. The petrolhead, 48, his brother Geoff, and friend Nigel Douglas spent five months converting a Daewoo Matiz into the oversized toy.
He has copied every detail on the coupe from the yellow roof to glassless windows and over-sized drinks hoder. It cost a total of £35,000 to build – though the standard-sized version will set you back about £50. The ‘toy’ runs on unleaded petrol and can go from zero to 60mp in 17 seconds.