Hudson, Ohio – One of the most popular cars of all time, which outsold every other car in the U.S. in 2008, will be inducted into the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, one of the most widely-recognized children’s toys and one of the most popular cars of all time, sold 457,000 units in 2008, topping the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
In the 1990s, the Cozy Coupe outsold the best-selling Honda Accord and Ford Taurus. Having sold over 10 million units in its 30-year history and with worldwide distribution, if considered, it would land in the top-20 best-selling models of all time, ahead of the BMW 3 Series. A Cozy Coupe is manufactured every minute of every day, 50 weeks a year, in Hudson, Ohio, where production moved from Macedonia, Ohio in 1985.
The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, considered one of the top ten automobile museums in the U.S., will display one of the first Cozy Coupes to come off the production line in 1979, along with a 30th Anniversary Edition. Because of the toy’s history, the museum will unveil the display at its Macedonia Preservation Facility, which is being opened to the public for the first time that day. The Cozy Coupe will later move to the main museum in Cleveland.
“As a father and grandfather, I have long been acquainted with the Cozy Coupe in my own family,” said Allan Unrein, the museum’s director. “When I learned it was the vehicle’s 30th anniversary and that it was the best-selling car of 2008 and in the 1990s, I knew I had to have it in our collection of historically significant vehicles.”
A special guest at the ceremony will be Jim Mariol, who designed the original Cozy Coupe for Little Tikes. He was a former member of the design team at Chrysler.