When looking for a Ferrari, unless you go to an authorized dealer, you risk getting a car that is a knockoff or not fully restored to its original condition. This is why paperwork is so important. Documentation of authenticity can also be forged, so how do you spot a fake Ferrari? Discerning between a genuine Ferrari and a fake one can be tricky unless you know specifically what to look for.
A rash of fake Ferraris
According to The Counterfeit Report, scammers have manufactured and sold fake Ferraris using an old Toyota chassis and construction replica parts that closely resemble those seen on Ferraris. The report offers some tips that can help you differentiate between a Ferrari replica and a genuine car.
While this is not always the case, most replicas or knockoffs are advertised at a price well below the true value of the authentic Ferrari. When you see a deal on a Ferrari that seems too good to be true, it probably is.
The replicas show the base model of the car on record.
If you find a replica, there is a safe gift in the car’s registration. It will indicate the car type of the actual base model. If the car you are considering includes a Toyota or Chevrolet Camaro as a base car model, then you know that it is little more than a Ferrari replica.
Interior style and attention to detail.
It’s a good idea to reinforce all the details of the model that you plan to consider. Learn all you can about the interior and pay attention to the small details in style and features, right down to the material and stitching on the seats. Most replicas and other fake Ferraris don’t do well when it comes to styling and interior details. You can detect small differences that will give the car a fake.
The market for fake Ferraris is huge
The South China Morning Post reported on a Brazilian operation involving a father and son who were busy producing fake Ferraris and were receiving orders for them. To make the vehicles appear authentic, the couple even accessorized them with the details of the brand’s badge. They even included logos on the seats, in an attempt to pass off the fakes as the real thing. While the average consumer who hasn’t had much experience with an authentic Ferrari may be misled, the attention to detail just wasn’t there. There were glaring differences that would warn someone with a trained eye of the fact that they were knockoffs. The father and son advertised the fakes on social media, where they could find a more credulous audience to scam. Police arrested the duo, but there are still many others doing the same.
Various models are being converted
Auto Evolution reported on a Renault posing as a Ferrari (https://www.autoevolution.com/news/fake-ferrari-f40-is-actually-a-renault-alpine-gta-has-the-big- wing-139210.html). If you are aware of the fact that only 1,311 were made in Maranello, it helps as they are all accounted for. The Renault Alpine GTA, which was built from 1984 to 1991, served as the foundation with its V6 engine and decent performance. The level of luxury was also respectable. It’s not a good resemblance to the F40, which it posed for, but the sleek, sexy angles and exterior styling looked appealing. Just a few immediate disparities include non-Ferrari wheels and exterior and exterior details compared to a genuine F40. Unless you know your Ferrari models, this rather handsome and aggressive looking beast could fool you into thinking you’re getting the real deal when you’re not.
When you inspect a Ferrari for authenticity, in addition to the overall condition, there are a few more things you can do to make sure you don’t get a fake. Insist on seeing the documentation. Continental Auto Sports highly recommends it. The Certificate of Authenticity for all Ferrari road cars older than 20 years is available, and this includes racing cars and limited series. Any restoration work performed has been inspected with original specification components for the chassis, engine, transmission, suspension including wheels and brakes, and body and interior restorations. If the seller can provide you with this type of documentation, you can verify its authenticity with Ferrari for classic models.
You can look up the vin number on any Ferrari to confirm the authenticity of the chassis. Some scammers …