The moment the flag fell to mark the beginning of the first ever F1 World Championship race on May 13th 1950 at Silverstone there was little doubt what car would cross the finish line first. Four Alfa Romeo 158s lined up ahead of all others thus continuing their 3 year long domination. One Alfetta (which means ‘Little Alfa’ in Italian because of its compact dimensions) retired during the race but the others finished 1-2-3 and left their nearest opponent 2 laps behind.
The race, contested over 70 laps, was won by Giuseppe Farina for the Alfa Romeo team after starting from pole position timed 2:13:23.6, with an average speed of 146.378 km/h. Luigi Fagioli finished second in another Alfa Romeo, and Reg Parnell third in a third Alfa Romeo.
Alfa Romeo was world champion in 1950 with 11 victories out of 11 Grand Prix’s and part of the celebration was the production of this very limited Alfa Romeo 158 ashtray which was given as a token of appreciation to those who helped in making this dream come true.
Measurements : W.18 x D.17 x H.9 cm.
The ashtray is in good condition with some light scratches as can be seen in image # 8.