(ORDO NEWS) — A 26-year-old man was recently charged in Italy with forgery and trademark infringement. The fact is that his red Ferrari F430 is actually a modified Toyota MR.
The Italian Guard, during a routine check in the Italian city of Asti, made an unusual capture. Despite the fact that the red Ferrari had all the iconic elements of the F430, from the prancing horse logo on the hood and steering wheel to the rims, brake calipers and famous headlights, something about the car seemed odd.
It is not reported whether the motorist had the necessary documents to prove that his car was a genuine Ferrari F430 or not, but the police called in a panel of experts to verify this. They confirmed that the car was actually a modified Toyota MR.
While this is certainly not the first time someone has turned their cheap car into an exclusive supercar, this case is special, as experts say it is a high level of forgery.
Instead of a simple carbon fiber frame over a regular chassis and a few fake logos: Whoever made this fake F430 did an outstanding job.
Both the exterior and the interior of the car were completely modeled after the Ferrari F430 produced between 2004 and 2009 in Maranello. According to experts who confirmed the forgery, the car even contained genuine Ferrari parts and accessories, making it much harder to spot that it was actually a Toyota.
Italian media reported that the car was seized and the manufacturing company appealed to the Asti prosecutor’s office for using registered trademarks without permission.
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