This wonderful piece of a toy I found in my own backyard! I can hardly believe my luck. Perhaps I live on the site of a former (some would say current) dump, which is happy for me.
From the white bloom on one side of this, I would say it is lead. There is also seam down the front. There is a similar, whole item on eBay that says it is from the 1930s.
And what wonderful detail... If you look closely, you can see a little decoration or maybe a headlamp on the front of his hat, which is flopping jauntily over a face with features and ears. Even the underside of the steering wheel has detailing.
This guy has a hobby of "metal detectoring", as I guess they call it in England, and they have a whole page of old lead toys!
Found Fall, 2007, East Falls, Philadelphia [Click photos to enlarge]