A RARE toy car has sold at an auction... for more than the price of a real one!

The Alfa Romeo P2 racing car, finished in yellow, sold at a Martin & Pole for £14,000 (plus buyers fee) on Wednesday November 22.

The car is a model replica of the 1925 Automobile World Championship winning car, made my French company Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet. 

The original car was designed by Vittorio Jano, and raced in Grand Prix in 1925 before winning the Automobile World Championship. 

The model at the auction was owned by the seller's father, who was born in Brighton in 1916 and given the toy when he was 14 years old in 1930. 

Auctioneer Matthew Coles said, “We were very pleased with the result, and is probably a world record at auction for this model car. 

"The condition was exceptional, even down to some of the original straw packing in the box, but clearly the yellow colour was exceptionally rare, as it was causing a lot of questions. 

"So to have a rare car with its box and key must have been a collector’s dream.”

The original estimated price for the toy was between £2,500 and £3,000, so this auction has more than exceeded expectation.