Phony Ferraris, 'Shamborghinis' seized at Brazil factory

Replica Lamborghini badges found inside the workshop. Civil Police of the State of Santa Catarina

Replica Lamborghini badges found inside the workshop. Civil Police of the State of Santa Catarina

Police arrested a father and son duo who owned the workshop in Santa Catarina, about 840 miles (1,000km) southwest of Rio de Janeiro, according to the Associated Press.

Officials didn't say what sort of parts were used to build the vehicles, but they distributed photos showing sleek bodies, as well as badges and accessories emblazoned with the Italian brands.

The fake models were found in a clandestine factory in Brazil.

The shop was offering the cars on social media for $45,000 (R630,000) to $60,000 (R840,000). The shop used old auto parts and other poor-quality materials, and the vehicles were made to order.

According to the Civil Police, the investigation began two months ago, after receiving a complaint filed by a law firm in São Paulo that represented both Ferrari and Lamborghini. Police discovered eight replicas in the workshop, part of a counterfeiting scheme denounced by the two Italian automakers.

"If they are aware of the facts, of the irregularity of what they were producing, in fact, everyone can answer for crimes against industrial property", said Delegate Fragelli.

The police are, at the moment, investigating those who placed orders as well.

The sleek vehicles looked similar to the authentic ones and included badges and seats embroidered with the auto companies' logos.

Authorities in Brazil have closed a shop in the city of Itajaí which was reportedly building Lamborghini and Ferrari replicas. The average person will probably never have the chance to get behind the wheel of one of these, though many would love to. Were they trying to sell them as the genuine thing or to wannabe rich people who can't afford the real thing?