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post #1 of 10 Old 10-27-2009, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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A Fake U.K F355 Found in Italy

Outraged Italian cops are to crush this stunning looking Ferrari - after discovering it was cobbled together in England from a clapped out Toyota MR2.

Police in Ostuni discovered the fake when they saw what they thought was a rare 355 Berlinetta in the bodyshop of a local garage.

But as they took a closer look they realised the pedigree supercar had far humbler British origins and confiscated it under Italy's copyright laws.

"It was a good fake but just a fake, Ferrari is one of Italy's crown jewels. We can't allow cheap copies," said one officer.


They forgot to block out the number plate in the picture on the tow truck
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-27-2009, 06:26 AM
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That raises an interesting question that I have not considered before - it is actually illegal to convert an MR2 (or any other donor car for that matter) into a replica Ferrari? Is there a copyright infringement there?

And what would happen if you drove your 250 GTO re-creation to Italy - imagine seeing that go through the crusher....

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There is actually a website dedicated to this
http://www.extreme-sportscars.com/ferrari_replica.htm
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Actually this website has more details
http://extreme-sportscars.com/355/home.html
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I don't think they used enough Scuderia Shields...

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I don't think they used enough Scuderia Shields...
and for all the shields they threw at it none of them made it to the front wings... I reckon if they had got their hands on a set of Lefteris' shields the police would never have realised it was an MR2

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that is so authentic, had me fooled

as for the copyright issue, then yes, Ferrari had a stretch ACTUAL 360 couple years ago, that was nothing more than an almost stock 360, just stretched: Ferrari made them take all the emblems off the car as it was NOT a 360 in their design....that's touchy.

Just look at the numerous ebay listings, like hats, shoes, stuff, and if not authentice and you buy it, ebay will cancel the auction after it ends. Leaving you holding the already paid for item in Limbo. Happened to me a couple weeks ago on some replacement [very cheap as kids rip them off] Logo valve cap stems. at $1/each, it's just easier to buy fakes as they look good enough and replace as I go....every time I buy a load, ebay emails me on 'fake/unauthorized' sale and leaves me holding the bag even if paid. I email the seller and all is ok....for my needs

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I grabbed a side-view photo from their website and compared it to a side-view photo of my former F355 (both normalized to be the same overall length of the car) and it is a better-than-expected facsimile. Other angles, etc., are not quite as good. Especially the interior and gauge layout.

As I've said before, why go to the hassle to create a fake, when you can get an authentic 308 for around US$40k?

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damn! I need the rims. lol
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and for all the shields they threw at it none of them made it to the front wings... I reckon if they had got their hands on a set of Lefteris' shields the police would never have realised it was an MR2

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