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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 GT40, 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.

VW T1a Bus
"TAP - Transportes Aéreos Portugueses"; Germany 1955
Jato (Portugal)
plastic, scale 1:24; acquired 2011
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