By Karl Schnelle
All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.
After some readers commented on Maz’s recent article on the Pego Lancia, I decided to do some investigations into that Italian company. How are they related to Projetto K, another 1/43 maker from Italy? After many internet searches, it seems that Pego bought or combined with Projetto K around 1993. Wiki has an excellent article about Projetto K but nothing about Pego. It seems that the combined company lasted until 2011.
Coincidentally, ten years ago I saw some Pego Alfa Romeos for sale, and after a year or two looking for good prices I acquired four of them. At that time, I looked for more and could not find any.
In addition to wiki, another good source of online information is ebay – not to buy but to see what is for sale. Today, 200 Pegos are for sale there wordwide. Many, many color or racing/Police variations are shown but only five different castings! The Lancia in the previous article and the four Alfas that I bought seem to be the only ones they ever made under the Pego brand. Their silver Alfa Romeo 146 is below.
Four normal Italian sedans and a hatchback all came in the same style 3-piece box and are made in China. The perspex display case was packed in a thick open half-box which was then surrounded by a thin silver card outer box. The white Alfa 90 is a 1986 model according to the box.
Their silver 33 is labeled as a 1983. The boxes have two addresses for Pego Italia printed on them, both near Florence, in Ponte A Elsa and in Sesto Fiorentino.
Then the final Pego pictured here is the Alfa 145, the 3-door hatch version of the 146. No date is on the box, so I assume this was contemporary to the full size version from 1995-98.
Do any of our readers know the Pego history and if other models were issued under that brand?
Back in the year 2000, I also acquired a couple 1/43 Exem Alfa Romeo SZ models, made by Pego in Italy. These are more detailed than the Projetto K or Pego models and are in resin. On ebay now, there are only 100 for sale globally but there are many, many castings this time – all 2-door Italian or English sports cars plus a Fiat van. (By comparison, there are 500 Projetto K’s for sale on ebay now!) I found not much at all online about them. Pego catalogs were seen from 1995 to 2004 with Exem models included, though. Two box colors were seen:
Both boxes have Pego Italia, Sesto Fiorentino, printed on them, When did Pego make them, at the same time as the Pego branded ones? Is the blue one the newer style box? More questions to answer…
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