Phony Ferraris, ‘Shamborghinis’ seized at Brazil factory

Phony Ferraris, ‘Shamborghinis’ seized at Brazil factory

RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazilian police say they’ve shut down a clandestine factory that was producing fake Ferraris and sham Lamborghinis.

A father and son who owned the workshop in the southern state of Santa Catarina have been arrested on industrial property charges.

Police said the cars were being offered on social media for $45,000 to $60,000—a small fraction of the price of the real thing.

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Luxury car replicas inside a workshop in Itajai, Brazil on July 15, 2019. (Itajai Civil Police via AP)
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the seat of a car embroidered with a fake Lamborghini logo, inside a workshop in Itajai, Brazil, on July 15, 2019. (Itajai Civil Police via AP)

Officials didn’t say what sort of parts were used to build the vehicles, but they distributed photos showing sleek bodies, as well as badges and accessories emblazoned with the Italian brands.

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Emblem badges stamped with the Lamborghini logo, inside a workshop in Itajai, Brazil on July 15, 2019. (Itajai Civil Police via AP)
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Luxury car replicas inside a workshop in Itajai, Brazil, on July 15, 2019. (Itajai Civil Police via AP)
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The seat of a car embroidered with a fake Ferrari logo, inside a workshop in Itajai, Brazil, on July 15, 2019. (Itajai Civil Police via AP)

Monday’s raid followed a complaint by the Italian companies.

Eight partially finished vehicles were seized in the raid, and police said they are investigating how many were made.

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