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Rare 12ins child’s toy replica of world’s most successful Grand Prix racing car the 1920s Alfa Romeo could sell for £10k


A RARE 12-inch child’s toy car version of one of the world’s most successful Grand Prix racing cars could sell for £10,000.

The rare mini motor was modelled on a 1920s Alfa Romeo P2 and is highly detailed with black spoked wheels and hand operated steering.

The rare 12ins child's toy replica features the number two

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The rare 12ins child’s toy replica features the number twoCredit: BNPS
It comes with hand-operated steering and a brake lever

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It comes with hand-operated steering and a brake leverCredit: BNPS
The car has its original black spoked wheels

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The car has its original black spoked wheelsCredit: BNPS

The replica, produced by French toymaker CIJ, is a faded dark purple colour with a brown interior and even comes with a brake lever.

It will go under the hammer on Friday at auctioneers Lacy Scott & Knight of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

It’s not known where the model came from.

Embellished with the number two, it has now been cosigned by a Suffolk collector.

A specialist at Lacy Scott & Knight Oliver Leggett said: “This scarce model screams quality especially as it is approaching 100 years old.

“The attention to detail, the success of the real racing car and the scale of the model really contribute to its overall value.”

I found three classic Porsches left abandoned outside a shop… the owner had ‘disappeared off the face of the earth’

CIJ made Citroen and Renault toys before it ventured out and modelled the Alfa Romeo, hoping to cash in on its racing success.

Alfa Romeo is widely known to have dominated Grand Prix motor racing – until 1934, when the German Mercedes and Auto Union cars emerged.

The Alfa Romeo P2, which boasts a top speed of 139mph won the Automobile World Championship in 1925.

The bonnet displays a four-leaf clover, which become the symbol of all Alfa Romeo race cars.

The luxury Italian car manufacturer saw continued success in 1950 when Guiseppe Farina won the first Formula One drivers’ championship in an Alfa Romeo 158.

It comes after the world’s most luxury Jaguar went up for auction for £24,000 – and it comes fit with Swarovski crystals.

And a rare miniature toy car bought for just 50p was set to fetch a huge sum at auction.

The model is nearly 100 years old

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The model is nearly 100 years oldCredit: BNPS
The car features a seat with a miniature wheel. It's almost in perfect condition bar slightly cracked paintwork

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The car features a seat with a miniature wheel. It’s almost in perfect condition bar slightly cracked paintworkCredit: BNPS
The car features the number two on its side

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The car features the number two on its sideCredit: BNPS
The underbody shows how the working steering wheel connects to the wheels

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The underbody shows how the working steering wheel connects to the wheelsCredit: BNPS





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