One of Tecnomodel’s many recent exciting new 1:18 releases is of a pre-war subject. It is the 1932 Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B, and there have been versions produced for two of the greatest pre-war racing drivers; Rudolf Caracciola and Tazio Nuvolari.
The Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B was widely acknowledged to be the first ever genuine single-seater grand prix racing car. It was designed by Vittorio Jano, and based on the successful P2 that had preceded it.
The P3 was powered by a supercharged eight-cylinder engine, and was very light for the period, despite its cast iron engine block. The car was introduced in June 1932, and was a winner from the moment it took to the track. Caracciola and Nuvolari took numerous successes with it over the course of the year. In 1933 Alfa Romeo suffered with financial difficulties, and after missing the first half of the season it handed its P3s over to a certain Enzo Ferrari.
Tecnomodel has manufactured four versions of the P3 in 1:18 scale; two each for Caracciola and Nuvolari. The German’s P3s are his winning examples from the German (#2) and Monza (#6) Grands Prix. The Italian’s machines are his #12 French GP winner, which was an immediate sell-out on release, and the #24 example that he took to a third place finish in the Monza Grand Prix.
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