The Peg Perego Gaucho Jeep - A toy Legend
Since I was a boy of five I have been a total fan of Land Rovers, and have owned many in my life from 1950s Series 1s to 300 Series Discoveries. There has always been something that differentiated the Land Rover Marque : their robustness, flexibility, meaningful appearance, and adherence to a design dating back to 1948 - they really haven't changed much in shape since then. Even on a Land Rover Defender purchased today, some body panels are directly interchangeable with a 1958 Series 2 Land Rover. Toyota followed Land Rovers recipe when they created the original Land Cruiser B series in the 1950s (they even parodied the name!). The classic, and to many, the best Land Cruiser was the FJ40 which was produced from 1961 - 1983, and it is this vehicle that provided the inspiration for Peg Perego's Gaucho Jeep.
Peg Perego was started in Italy in 1949 by Giuseppe Perego (so only a year younger than Land Rover!) and the first Gaucho was produced in 19??, and manufactured in Italy even today, unlike many of its contemporary competitors who manufacture in China. Like the Land Rover, the basic body shape has remained true to the original, and many parts are interchangeable.
The first Gaucho, the A151, is known as the Grey Gaucho.
The Silver Gaucho
The Super Power Gaucho, or 'Gaucho S'