Of all the places to find a factory making counterfeit supercars, the Civil Police of Santa Catalina found a nondescript factory in the city of Itajaí, Santa Catalina, Brazil. The factory has long been alleged to be making counterfeit Ferrari and Lamborghini models and was subject to a raid by the police. A total of eight vehicles scattered around the factory were found in different states of completion.
The copies, denounced by the two italian automakers, were going for somewhere between 180,000 and 250,000 Brazilian Reals ($47,774 and $66,353 given current exchange rates). The counterfeit vehicles were recreated using old parts, and appeared to be made-to-order. “In one of the vehicles, they were installing the engine of a Chevrolet Omega,” said delegate Angelo Fragelli, who was responsible for the operation, in an interview with Folha de São Paulo newspaper.
Along with the eight counterfeit vehicles, several tools and counterfeiting devices for badges and other trademarked items were uncovered during the raid. Molds for all the body panels were also found on the scene. Two men were arrested during the raid, a father and son who gave their testimonies to the police and were eventually released.
The civil police began the investigation two months ago when a representative from both Italian manufacturers approached them regarding the issue. Apparently, there is a team that is responsible for tracking and investigating the spread of fake vehicles across the globe, and it was this team who dropped the tip to the Brazilian authorities.
From the looks of it the investigation will continue towards the buyers of these vehicles. If they are proven to have knowledge of the counterfeit products, they too may receive indictments for receiving counterfeit property.