Fake Ferrari Gang Caught

Incredibly, it was once a Toyota...
Incredibly, it was once a Toyota...
A gang of rogue mechanics in Italy has been arrested for selling fake Ferraris.

The men were said to be cobbling together the counterfeit supercars in much the same way as people do here – out of Toyota MR2s and Pontiacs – and selling them for £15,000 each.

Police are understood to have confiscated 14 fake 360 Modenas – seven sold and seven under construction – and eight people are under investigation.

Apparently those buying the cars knew they were fakes (how wouldn’t they?) so we can only hope that people rolling in rebodied MR2s over here will soon get busted for being so lame.

It seems that in Italy just selling a Ferrari replica is actually against the law, whereas over here it is just a crime against style.

Investigators in Italy said the buyers were simply buying the cars to impress the neighbours.

‘That is the only reason,’ said Guido Geremia head of the Italian financial police unit that led the investigation.

A Ferrari spokeswoman said they monitored websites for evidence of fakes.

‘Ferrari is a product that maintains its value over time and of course we try to protect our clients who buy the real thing.

‘When a car is not official, it does not have the characteristics it should have for the brand,’ she added.

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  • BountyHunter 07 Mar 2008

    this is pathetic.
    no i dont like many kit cars but prosecuting someone for making kit cars is a bad joke.


    Kentish said:
    But the prosecution is b/c these guys were passing the so called replicas off as the real deal.

    If people are stupid enough to think they can buy a real f355 for £15k then more fool them!
    read the article again - they werent advertised or sold as the real deal.
    to prosecute someone for this is absolutely ridiculous.

  • Jonty355 05 Mar 2008

    Wilder said:
    It has to be the insurance saving over a real Fezzer. I mean what other possible reason could you see to drive an MR2 in drag?
    You'd be amazed at how cheap it is to insure a Ferrari! I insure my real 355 spider for less than my Ford Cougar V6

  • afnd 05 Mar 2008

    I have seen some very well built 356's and 550's replicas. If I'm not wrong, a few porsche dealers in Germany in the mid/late 90's would sell replicas built in brazil from Chamonix. the stick-on porsche badge was sold separately, or something like that.
    Do not know if i would buy one though.
    Some would run replicas. others would feel personally offended by the existence of a replica and not buy the original as a consequence. I would not be put off buying a f355 simply because there's a bunch of fake toyotas around, if i wanted to have one. others would.

  • OwenK 04 Mar 2008

    Wilder said:
    The irony that seems to have escaped some who do indeed have or lust after these replicas, is that to the genuine owner -- half of the desirability is that others cant afford the real thing. biglaugh
    What? I wouldn't care if every 3rd car on the street was an italian exotic, if I had one it would be to appreciate the incredible driving dynamics and the aesthetics of the thing; turning heads would just be a bonus biggrin

  • Wilder 04 Mar 2008

    The irony that seems to have escaped some who do indeed have or lust after these replicas, is that to the genuine owner -- half of the desirability is that others cant afford the real thing. biglaugh

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