Photo: SPAIN: Gang Turns Ordinary Cars into Knock-Off Ferraris
Gangs in Spain had reportedly been using less expensive cars as the bases for their luxury car knock-offs.
According to Spanish authorities, the gang, which had workshops in Madrid and Valencia, was creating cars that appeared to be Ferraris and Aston Martins, but were actually just cheaper cars made to look like the luxury brands.
The cars were being sold for around €40,000 (US $53,100), far less than the real cars.
Authorities say the cars were not always being sold as the real deal, as many of the customers knew they were buying knock-offs, with some even providing specifications.
Seventeen fake Ferrari 458 Italias and F430s were seized along with two fake Aston Martins.
The cars were created used many pieces the gang made themselves, though when that was not possible, they simply ordered the real panels from England or directly from the Ferrari factory in Italy.
The cars were seized after Ferrari heard of the fakes and contacted the authorities.