Not much is known of the history of this lovely pedal car version of the famous Alfa Romeo P2. It was bought around 30 years ago at a car auction, possibly Christie’s, and said to have been built in period for the owner of a real P2, though that has never been verified.
In fact, only six full-size P2s were built, and just two are known to exist. The P2 was introduced by Alfa Romeo in 1924, the first creation of Alfa’s new designer Vittorio Jano. He 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 a straight-eight supercharged engine.