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Faking Status With Counterfeit Cars

Knock Off Ferraris

— February 29, 2008 — Autos
We've seen knock off Gucci bags, Prada wallets, Rolex watches and Dior sunglasses. China sells loads of fake iPods and iPhones. And, while we've seen people try to fake luxury but adding big brand emblems to their beaters, this is the first time we've seen entire cars knocked off.

Now in Sicily, counterfeit Ferraris are being sold on the black market. A few manufacturers have been busted for selling the red luxury sports cars for price as low as 20,000 euros. They were honest in their sales; the people buying them knew they were fakes, but they also knew the sexy cars contained pieces from real Ferraris as well. It was perfect for fanatics without the coin to buy the real thing.

The cars, overall, are mut cars, made from parts from all sorts of different car brands. A "Ferrari" might have had a BMW door, VW trunk, Nissan roof and Audi chassis, but when put together and painted, the makers modeled them to look just like classics like the Ferrari 328 Gtb, a car that stopped being made in the 80s.
Trend Themes
1. Counterfeit Luxury Cars - Exploring the rise of counterfeit luxury cars and the market for knock off versions of high-end automobile brands.
2. Black Market Knock Offs - The underground market for selling fake luxury cars, such as counterfeit Ferraris, at significantly lower prices.
3. Hybrid Customization - Creating mut cars using parts from various automobile brands to imitate classic luxury models like the Ferrari 328 Gtb.
Industry Implications
1. Luxury Automotive - Identifying opportunities for luxury car manufacturers to enhance their authentication processes and combat counterfeit car sales.
2. Law Enforcement - Developing strategies and technologies to detect and prevent the sale of counterfeit automobiles on the black market.
3. Automotive Customization - Offering customization services that allow customers to create unique hybrid cars using parts from different automobile brands to mimic classic luxury models.
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