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Father and son busted in Brazil for making fake Ferraris and Lamborghinis sold at $45-$60K

July 17, 2019 at 10:54 am | News

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Staff Writer

July 17, 2019 at 10:54 am | News

Police shut down factory making fake Ferraris and Lamborghinis in Brazil. Pic credit: Motor1.com

Police in Brazil, on Monday, arrested a father and son believed to be owners of a factory that was producing fake Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

The clandestine shop, situated in the southern state of Santa Catarina, has been shut down while the two suspects face industrial property charges, the police said.

Police seized eight vehicles during Monday’s raid, and shared photos showing “sleek bodies, as well as badges and accessories emblazoned with the Italian brands,” a report by the Associated Press said.

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The fake models were found in a clandestine factory in Brazil. Pic credit: South China Morning Post

The cars were also being sold on social media for $45,000 to $60,000 – a small fraction of the price of the real models, the report added.

Other local reports said the workshop used old car parts and other poor-quality materials, and the vehicles were made to order.

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The fake models were found in a factory in Brazil. Pic credit: Motor1.com

“In one of the vehicles, they were installing the engine of an [Chevrolet] Omega,” said delegate Angelo Fragelli, who was responsible for the operation, in an interview with Folha de São Paulo newspaper.

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Eight vehicles were found at the workshop. Pic credit: Motor1.com

Investigation about the factory started two months ago after authorities received a complaint filed by a law firm in São Paulo that represented the two Italian companies – Ferrari and Lamborghini. Meanwhile, the suspects arrested at the scene have maintained that the cars were legal prototypes.

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The clandestine shop, situated in the southern state of Santa Catarina, has been shut down. Pic credit: Motor1.com

The police are, at the moment, investigating those who placed orders as well. Fragelli said that if his outfit is able to prove that those who placed an order were aware that the products were fake, they could also “see indictments for receiving the counterfeit property.”

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Police seized badges and accessories emblazoned with the Italian brands. Pic credit: The Guardian

In spite of the myriad of automakers now competing in the high-performance vehicle space, Ferrari and Lamborghini, two Italian Supercars that became household names in the 20th century, continue to hold legendary status.

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Police shut down factory making fake Ferraris and Lamborghinis in Brazil. Pic credit: Time Magazine

The two cars are also synonymous with wealth, luxury, and speed. The average person will probably never have the chance to get behind the wheel of one of these, though many would love to.

It is now unclear whether the fake models in Brazil were being sold as the real deal just to dupe unsuspecting customers or they were just made for those who wanted to appear richer than they are.

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