By John Balson @JJBalson

A BRITISH inventor has spent $25,000 turning a pick-up truck into an ap-pealing driveable banana

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Videographer / Director: Todd Lewis
Producer: John Balson, Nick Johnson
Editor: Kyle Waters

Ap-pealing paint job: The Big Banana car's bright colours attract a lot of attention

Steve Braithwaite, who is originally from Woodstock, Oxfordshire, spent two years building the vehicle - which has a top speed of 85mph.

The 55-year-old, who now lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, came up with the idea for the Big Banana Car in 2009.

Split decision: Steve Braithwaite takes the Big Banana Car for a spin on the beach

He said: “I built a lot of hot-rod cars over the years and I decided I wanted to do something completely ridiculous. The idea for the Big Banana Car came when I was in a gas station standing in line.

"There was bowl of fruit right next to where I was and on top was a banana that ran fairly straight and then curved at the back.

Steve bought a 1993 Ford F150 pick up truck for the unusual creation

“I picked it up and studied it and started imagining where the wheels would go and the seats and I pictured it driving down the road and began laughing."

Steve then bought a 1993 Ford F150 pick up truck and stripped off all the sheet metal, leaving a narrow frame with the engine and suspension still attached.

Steve built the frame of the banana with rebar...

He then built the outline of the banana with rebar and then covered it with chicken wire before spraying it with urethane foam - which is used to insulate houses - and then sculpted that into a banana shape.

The expensive concept cost around $25,000 and took Steve more than two years worth of Sundays to create.

... and then covered it with chicken wire.

The finished vehicle is 10ft tall and 22ft long but its 302ci Ford V8 engine still allows it to hit impressive speeds.

Steve added: “I’ve had it up to 85mph, but before anyone freaks out, it was in Texas, where the speed limit is 80, and although I was going five over I was still the slowest car on the road.”

The finished vehicle is 10ft tall and 22ft long but can still travel at 85mph

The build was aided by fellow art-car fabricator Tom Brown, 56, who makes up the other half of the Mutant Brothers duo.

He says the vehicle has proved a hit at family events around Michigan.

“We get some great reactions,” he said.

Steve sprayed it with urethane foam - which is used to insulate houses - and then sculpted a banana shape

"We do a lot of events at schools when there are 60 children aged eight and it is the funniest thing ever when they see it and go crazy.”

Steve has been approached with offers to buy the Big Banana Car but has so far rejected them.

“We’ve been asked a few times if we’d sell the big banana car,” Steve said.

"But I’ve realised if we did that what we would be giving up isn’t just a car - it would also be all the good will that surrounds it.”