SKU: PC01631cms x 13cms x 9cms
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The Bugatti Type 51 driven to victory in the 1933 Monaco Grand Prix by Achille Varzi is an archetypal image of the early days of motor racing. Inspired by that car, we have created a handsome model to represent the era, which can also be appreciated by those loyal to other teams.
In 1934, the international motor sport governing body specified a maximum weight for Grand Prix racing cars of 750 kg, excluding tyres and fuel. The Germans decided to reduce weight by removing the lead-based paint which denoted its cars’ traditional white livery, exposing distinctive shining aluminium. Victory by one of these lead to the nickname Silver Arrow. Their successors, which were built on the same chassis, continued to race successfully at the Indy 500 after the war.
Our aluminum Indy racer is an authentic replica of a 1930s child's toy. Its original makers were the famous Dooling Brothers, who manufactured around 1000 units at the time. They were offered to aficionados of the famous Dooling spindizzies, minature motorized racecars that reached dizzying speeds. They were closely modeled on the famous Mercedes Silver Arrows of the early 1930s. Originals are now rare and highly prized by collectors.