A supercar replica shop has been shut down by Brazilian police after it was found that its owners were selling fake Ferraris and Lamborghinis to its customers, the Associated Press reports. The father and son team who owned and operated the workshop in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina have been arrested.
Autosfibra Customs, the shop in question, has been operating for 11 years constructing fiberglass “prototypes” of vintage and modern collector cars. Their work ranges from the first-generation Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 356 to more contemporary cars like the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Huracan. Why they would replicate a 15-year-old Ferrari instead of a modern 488 GTB is beyond speculation. The shop was reportedly selling their prototypes on social media for between $45,000 and $60,000. That may seem like a lot for a knock-off supercar but keep in mind that a new Huracan built by Lamborghini starts at just over 200 grand.
Plus, for what it’s worth, it seems as if these guys really knew what they were doing. They would build a custom tube-frame chassis for each car they produced and for the most part, the fiberglass bodywork is pretty impressive. Especially in the case of a 2005-era Ford GT replica that wears stock wheels and what appears to be OEM paint, some of these “prototypes” are almost indistinguishable from their legally built counterparts. We’ve seen plenty of Fiero-based replicas that look a lot worse. Plus, even though there are no powertrain details on their faux-rarri, the team’s previous work on an AMG-powered Mercedes 300SL gullwing suggests that their replicas probably drove better than a Fiero, too. Oh well.
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