Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1933, Alfa Romeo, Rio Models, Rudolf Caracciola

1933 Alfa Romeo P3 Caracciola

The P3 Monoposto was the first genuine single-seat racing car in Grand Prix racing. It was powered by an eight-cylinder engine built around two four-cylinder blocks, each fed by its own Roots supercharger. The car designed by Vittorio Jano was introduced in June, halfway through the 1932 Grand Prix season in Europe, winning its first race at the hands of Tazio Nuvolari, and going on to win 6 races that year driven by both Nuvolari and Rudolf Caracciola, including all 3 major Grand Prix in Italy, France and Germany.

During the winter of 1932-33, Louis Chiron and Rudolf Caracciola had formed the Scuderia C.C. (Chiron-Caracciola) and were considered dangerous contenders with their Alfa Romeo P3 Monzas. Mrs. Charly Caracciola, Rudy’s wife served as team manager. They had signed contracts in Milan to purchase two 2.3-liter Monza racing cars and one 2.3-liter Monza sports car to enter all the major circuit races and some international hill climbs. The Monaco Grand Prix was the first races where C.C. team was entered. During practice Caracciola crashed his white car in Tabac corner, receiving serious injuries. This crash put him out of racing for the rest of the year. The C.C. team was dissolved. Chiron raced on his own for a while, and joined Scuderia Ferrari in August 1933.

1933Grand PrixMonaco GP
Driver No.Entrant
Rudolf Caracciola2Scuderia C.C.
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43Rio Models
Cat. No.QualityRarity

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