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Alfa Romeo P2 toy race car. Born to be a legend For Sale

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  • £8,850 As stated
  • Fairlight, NSW. Australia
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Price £8,850 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Toy Cars etc
Make Alfa Romeo
Model P2
Country Australia
Town Fairlight, NSW. Australia
Telephone +61427110155
Status Private
Date 12-Oct-2020
Ref C1269957
Introduction
A rare and outstanding example of the beautiful and legendary Alfa Romeo P2 racing car clockwork toy by CIJ (Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet)

This model toy race car is an outstanding representation of the original Alfa Romeo P2 racing car. These CIJ tin plate clockwork toys rank amongst the best of the quality toymakers of the day. CIJ produced these child’s toys between 1924 to around 1935

Originally produced as a celebration of the hugely successful Alfa Romeo Grand Prix car designed and evolved by the gifted Vittorio Jano in 1924, the original colours of the first series were intended to be representative of the racing countries – red for Italy, green for Great Britain, white for Germany and blue for France, amongst others. It is one of the largest and most detailed toys made by any European Toy Company of the 1920's/1930's

The P2 won 14 Grands Prix and major events throughout the 1920's. The P2 had some of the biggest names of that era in its driver's seat including: Enzo Ferrari, Antonio Ascari, Giuseppe Campari and Achille Varzi

Description
• Model: Alfa Romeo P2 with pointed tail
• Made by CIJ (Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet), France
• Condition: fantastic, used condition. In working order with fine details
• Length overall: approx. 21 inches (54 cm)
• Original paintwork
• White racing number ‘2’ is on both rear sides, mid hood sides, and on the front radiator grill mesh
• Unique white triangle with cloverleaf emblem on both sides of the front hood
• Spoked wheels with drum brakes: functional and demountable fixation grommets/screws
• Treaded tyres: original branded ‘Michelin Pneu’
• Front wheels steering linkage with steering wheel: in working order. The steering column goes down to the front wheel axle using a rack and pinion system, allowing the front wheels to be turned left and right.
• Front wheels suspension: in working order
• Clockwork windup mechanism: in working order
• Original windup key (very rare)
• Petrol caps: in working order
• Side handbrake linkage to the outer right of the driver's seat: in working order
• Engine front wind up handle
• Side exhaust pipe along the left side body of the vehicle: in great condition
• Brown seats
• Leather bonnet straps are fitted over the hood
• Alfa Romeo Milano crest

Background history
The P2 was introduced by Alfa Romeo for the Circuit of Cremona in northern Italy in 1924, where Antonio Ascari won at over 158 km/h (98 mph), and then went on to win the speed trial at 195 km/h (121 mph).

The car was the first creation of Alfa's new designer Vittorio Jano who had been recruited from Fiat by Enzo Ferrari when Nicola Romeo scrapped the P1 after its poor performance in the 1923 Monza Grand Prix against Fiat. The P2 was powered by Alfa's first straight 8 cylinder supercharged engine with 2 carburettors placed after the compressor

In 1925 the Alfa Romeo P2 won the first car championship in history. It won the
inaugural Automobile World Championship in 1925, taking victory in two of the four championship rounds when Antonio Ascari drove it in the European Grand Prix at Spa and Gastone Brilli-Peri won with it in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza after Ascari died while leading the intervening race at Montlhery

The hugely successful P2 would be the first in a long line of fabulous cars designed by Vittorio Jano for Alfa Romeo. Although perhaps not as famous today as its successors, the Alfa Romeo P2 was certainly the best Grand Prix racer of its era

Only 2 of the 6 original models survive, and they can be seen in the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese and the Turin Automobile Museum
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