Of all the tinplate clockwork toy cars produced in the 20th century, none is more iconic the Alfa Romeo P2 produced by the French firm CIJ (Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet). It was based on the Alfa Romeo P2 Grand Prix racing car designed by Vittorio Jano that raced between 1924 and 1930 with the likes of Antonio Ascari and Achille Varzi at the wheel (pictured below). For any true toy collector, it is a 'must have' piece.
Produced through out the 1920s and 1930s, the P2 was available in national colours of various nations, red for Italy, silver for Germany, blue for France, green for Britain. It was a very expensive model to buy in the 1930s but was beautifully detailed with working steering wheel, knock-off hub caps, solid rubber tyres and hinged petrol and radiator caps.
This example is a large scale racing Car c.1925 in silver, clockwork motor driving the rear wheels, in working order, with key, working handbrake, with racing number 2 and Alfa logo. Has spoked wheels with Michelin rubber tyres, includes two original old filler caps and one replacement, steerable front wheels, some age discolouration to paintwork but otherwise a very good scarce example which is becoming harder to find in any condition, 56cm long.