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José Augusto Júnior started producing wooden toys in Alfena, in Northern Portugal, in 1928. From 1938 on, tin toys were manufactured under the name of J.A.J., and in 1946, a new factory in Ermesinde was opened in order to produce tin and plastic toys under the name of Jato
. When the founder's heirs, Waldemar and Joaquim Penela, took over the company in 1977, it was renamed into Pe-Pe
and subsequently focused on manufacturing plastic toys. Jato and Pe-Pe released several friction-powered plastic model cars in bigger scales (VW Beetle and Bus, Mini, Ford GT 40, Renault 5, all in various versions), as well as a Mercedes-Benz 220 in about 1/32nd scale as a Lisbon and Madeira taxi, featuring a non-realistic two-door body. The company still exists in the 21st century and manufactures some of the old model cars, namely the taxis, on order for souvenir and toy shops.
Model manufacturer: Jato
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