A collection of seven Alfa Romeo P2 clockwork tinplate toys by CIJ, French, mid-1920s-30s

Summary

  • Type 
    Toys & Games
  • Lot number 
    107
  • Location

Description

A collection of seven Alfa Romeo P2 clockwork tinplate toys by CIJ, French, mid-1920s-30s, produced by Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet and modelled on the successful 1924 racing car designed by Vittorio Jano, each with spoked wheels with rubber tyres, drum brakes, shock absorbers and wearing race number 2 with clover motif, wire mesh grille, starting handle, filler and radiator caps, comprising:

Early Type 1 version, mid 1920s - with smooth unbranded rubber tyres, repainted in maroon, spring operated front steering, with Excelsior shock absorbers.

Type 2 version, circa 1929 - with treaded 'Michelin' tyres, finished in blue national colours for France, clockwork currently operational.

Type 2 version, circa 1929 - with treaded 'Michelin' tyres, finished in white national colours for Germany, clockwork currently operational.

Type 2 version, circa 1929 - with treaded 'Michelin' tyres, finished in red national colours for Italy, clockwork currently operational.

Type 2 version, circa 1929 - with treaded 'Michelin' tyres, finished in silver national colours for Germany, CIJ maker's stamp to underside, clockwork currently operational.

Type 2 version, circa 1929 - with treaded 'Michelin' tyres, finished in pale green, clockwork currently operational.

Type 2 version, circa 1929 - fitted with 'Type 3' large tread unbranded tyres, and with front headlamps, finished in cream and blue race livery with race number 2 in red, maker's label to underside, offered together with a set of four 'Type 2' spare wheels fitted with 'Michelin' tyres, and offered with modern reproduction blue carton box with reproduction label to lid.

Each model approximately 52cm long, in playworn conditions with some wear and scratches commensurate with age, each complete with later dummy 'driver' for display, the collection offered together with two original and three reproduction keys and two modern replacement leather bonnet straps.
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