Italian design house Zagato issues a statement saying it is not involved in the creation of the Scagliarini Motorsports model.
When Boulder, Colorado-based tuner Scagliarini Motorsports revealed plans to build their 504 Coupe Zagato Elaborata for a customer, they left out a few small details.
The main one being that Italian design-house Zagato, which unveiled this Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato concept in Geneva last March (in full collaboration with Fiat), had nothing to do with the project.
When Zagato issued a statement saying as much, Scagliarini Motorsports decided to clarify the matter.
Yesterday, Michael Salvarani, Managing Director of Scagliarini Motorsports, wrote on the tuner's Facebook page:
"On Thursday, July 28, 2011, Scagliarini Motorsports issued a press release indicating that our company had received a commission to build our interpretation of the FIAT 500 Coupe Zagato. In that release the reader will find that Scagliarini Motorsports sought to have dialogue with Zagato Milano before giving the commission further consideration, which we attempted to initiate."
Salvarani says that Scagliarini have yet to receive word back from Zagato on the proposed collaboration.
The statement continues later with:
"The Scagliarini 504 Coupè Zagato Elaborata is nothing more than an interpretation of the FIAT 500 Coupe Zagato by Zagato Milano. We do not consider the design to be our own, and in no way is the elaboration intended to usurp Zagato Milano's design, or the beautiful heritage of this great Italian design house."
Here's the statement sent to WCF from Zagato:
"Zagato Intend to declare that there isn't any involvement at all regarding the "Scagliarini 504 Coupé Zagato Elaborata". The Milanese Atelier has been never approached by Scagliarini and neither contacts nor commercial initiatives took place at all. Due to the above reasons Zagato neither released any approval regarding this project and the Intellectual Property of the Fiat 500 Zagato, nor the use of the Zagato name and logo. In addition, no production tooling have been ever used to design the above Scagliarini. Zagato is taking all the needed legal actions for the purpose".
Of course, being a Fiat and Abarth tuner, Scagliarini can just go ahead and build anything they want. But they may have to drop the Zagato name.