WE’RE ALL used to seeing fake Rolex watches doing the rounds for unbelievable prices and Raybeni sunglasses masquerading as Rayban Aviators, but what about knock off cars? Is it possible to fake a Ferrari?
Well, you may be surprised to know, the answer is yes and Spanish police have the evidence to prove it, having recently busted a gang dealing in rip off versions of the supercar.
They have just caught a group of fraudsters for the second time in five years, specialising in turning bog standard passenger cars into Ferrari-badged fakes and selling them to unsuspecting punters.
According to Spanish detectives, the gang was caught last month in the process of transforming 14 mid-range motors into highly desirable super sports cars.
The gang allegedly planned to sell the cars via the internet. Some had already been listed online as second-hand vehicles even though they were still a work in progress.
Police said the investigation into the fake supercars kicked off after it became aware of “a vehicle that simulated the appearance of a sports car of the Ferrari brand infringing the industrial property rights of the aforementioned brand”.
“The agents also located the clandestine workshop … where they found 14 vehicles in different degree of transformation. Four of them were several Ferrari models already ready for sale,” police said.
“The records involved a number of parts, distinctive elements of the marques concerned, fibreglass moulds for body parts of the marques concerned, speedometers and vehicle-related documentation.”
One of the items seized was a complete blank for the body of a V8-engined Ferrari F430, a mid-2000s coupe and convertible worth more than $200,000 (£160,200) second-hand.
The gang appears to have sourced a number of donor cars to run underneath the fake skins.
These range from what looks like a V6-engined Ford Mondeo to a Pontiac Fiero and even a mystery Peugeot.
The trickery didn’t just relate to fairly recent prestige models, either; at one point the vision cuts across a complete outer-skin cast of a Dino, a car potentially worth $500,000 – if it’s the real deal.
Now, next time one of our lovely ‘looky looky’ men offer you a Ferrari for a knock down price … Look the other way!