• Oct 27, 2009
Right up front, we must state that there is a very high likelihood that the following is not entirely true. With that said, here's the skinny on what we think we know: Thanks to local copyright laws, cops in Ostuni, Italy have reportedly confiscated a Toyota MR2 cut to look an awful lot like a Ferrari 355 Berlinetta. And they intend to crush it.
So much so that the British-made phony Italian was being touted as the real thing -- an obvious scam. As to why the authorities intend to destroy the car, let's listen to what one of the cops involved had to say: "It was a good fake but just a fake, Ferrari is one of Italy's crown jewels. We can't allow cheap copies."
Yes, well, we guess that makes sense. But are the cops allowed to crush the car out of some odd sense of damaged Italian pride? Looks like it. We here at Autoblog feel it's our duty to go ahead and give you a surefire tip on how to keep your faker from meeting the same fate – nobody suspects a Fiero-bodied Ferrari 308. Hint, hint. Thanks to Cosmin for bringing this to our attention!

[Source: Austrian Times]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      this reminds me of the BMW X5 vs. Shuanghuan CEO case, which was filed in italy and the italian court gave the win to the Chinese.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate replica cars. I recently went to a local car show that featured over 15 Cobras and 3 Ford GT40s. They were all replicas! When I go to a car show I do not want to see a bunch of kit cars.

      Rebadged cars are the worse. The only person you are fooling with your fake Ferrari/MR2 is yourself. This is the reason why Ford /Shelby charges $20,000 for a Shelby Mustang hood and will only sell it to you after they receive your damaged part in the mail.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Remy, How about restoration? Build all you want but build something worth your time. If you have the skills, time and money why would you not restore a real piece of history? Why would you waste “hundreds of hours” and “sweat and tears” on a fake GT40 or any other replica when you can restore the real thing? I would much rather buy and preserve a piece of history rather than build a recreation of the past.

        Most of the fake/replica/kit cars I have encountered have been built by corporations with deep pockets and no soul. The car show I recently attended had three so called “GT40s” on display by Roush Racing. Roush certainly loved bragging about the cars but were not so open to tell people they were replicas.

        The “Cobra” crowd and all their arrogance are the worse. Almost anytime you see a “Cobra” at a car show you can be guaranteed the car is a replica. Normally these “Cobra” owners will brag about how original the cars are with some going to the extra mile to learn and sign Carol Shelby’s name on the dash and tell everyone it is real and show them the “proof”. Some car shows force the owners to specify if the car is indeed the real deal or an imposter, much to the chagrin of the owner. At many of these type shows, the once proud owners are nowhere in sight.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well it happens that some auto enthusiasts like to build/create stuff instead of just buying something...building a GT40 look alike sounds like one hell of a fun project.
        What would you be more proud of showing in a car show, a project you worked on hundreds of hours with sweat and tears or the car you bought one day with a big cheque?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So is this one of those ones that Top Gear was using to do donuts?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This just gave me a great idea for the US to try out: Cash For Ricers. If you spot one of those ugly, neon-colored, FWD crap cans with a huge spoiler and coffee-can exhaust pipes, call up C4R hotline. The crappy car is crushed, you get a small reward, bad drivers are taken off the road, and everyone benefits.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No way, unless Ferrari protested and took this to court. Seems like a freedom of speech issue as the owner should be able to put anything he wants on his car unless he is making a profit out of someone else's intellectual property.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw a Ferrari Dayton spider today. It was pretty. I was dissapointed when it turned out to be a replica.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Should this story prove to be true, then it is the most ludicrous, overreaching piece of law enforcement I have ever heard of. Italian pride and laws be damned... this should not be allowed. You want to fine the twit who is trying to sell it as a real Ferrari, fine, have at it, but it is beyond reasonable to go to the step of crushing the car because of some misplaced pride and far-too literal (and irrelevant) copy-right law. If I were the guy, I'd start flooding the Italian market with fake Ferraries, Lamborghinies, Alfa Romeos and Maseraties (no need to make fake Fiats - no-one is going to buy a real one anyway....) just to piss of the whole lot of them off. As well, I'd litter the landscape with signs saying derogatory comments about each Italian make and how garbage it is compared to pretty much anything else sold anywhere to infuriate them to the point that their heads will explode (perhaps pointing out that Lambos are GERMAN now would be a good start... aught to make their short-tempered blood boil right away...). Pisses me right off how moronic governments and law enforcement are over the most trivial things.... now excuse me while I go take a few deep breaths....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay.. so I over-reacted a wee bit to the story.. but still, someone needs to back-hand these idiots.... and the Ferrari people's too... their heads are so far up their asses they are coming out there noses on how special they think their cars are.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Italian Law does not allow you to modify your car in any part. The car is going to be confiscated till the owner will pay for the car to be brought back to the original shape. It's not a matter of pride but just that for security reasons you cannot simply change the shape of your car. That's why in Italy Tuning Cars is extremely difficult.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it is based off of an MR2 then we know that it is EXPONENTIALLY more reliable than any "real" Ferrari!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you click on the links you can see pictures of the car, that is really funny. I wanna know who bought such a thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that reminds me of that Audi add where they ride a red R10 fsi through Maranello and everybody looks extremely crossed. One thing is for sure: You don´t mess with ferraris on Italy
      • 5 Years Ago
      Was he selling the car? I can see it being destroyed if it was being sold as a Ferrari.
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