The Alfa Romeo 158/159, also known as the Alfetta (Little Alfa in
Italian), is one of the most successful racing cars ever produced. The
158 and its derivative, the 159, took 47 wins from 54 Grands Prix
entered. It was originally developed for the pre-World War II voiturette
formula (1937) and has a 1.5 litre straight-8 supercharged engine.
Following World War II, the car was eligible for the new Formula One
introduced in 1947. In the hands of drivers such as Nino Farina,
Juan-Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli, it dominated the first two seasons
of the World Championship of Drivers.
Dinky Toys made their version from 1952 to 1964. It is always red with
racing number 8. It began by being sold from trays of 6 pieces under
number 23f, it was renumbered 232 in 1954 and boxed individually, for
1962-1964 it was numbered again to 207, these cars had plastic hubs and
were sold from a blister pack. The base was still marked 232.
This Dinky was sourced from a private collection in July 2020