• Mar 14, 2008
You may remember a post we did a year ago about some yuk that chopped a gorgeous 360 Modena to turn the once-beautiful supercar into a 166 mph limo. Ferrari hasn't forgotten what Dan Cawley, of Cheadle, Manchester did to its black beauty, and the Italian supercar maker is suing the Brit for infringing on its trademark. According to lawyers, Ferrari feels cutting the 360 Modena in half and turning it into a limo no longer makes it a Ferrari. Under the terms of the lawsuit, Cawley has 14 days to remove the Ferrari badging or he'll have to go toe to toe with the prancing horse's legal department.

While it ticks us off that a company would have the cajones to sue someone for modifying a vehicle that the person paid a lot of money to own, Mr. Cawley almost deserves the legal headache. Ferrari may be confident that it'll win the suit, but anybody with the funding to buy a supercar, cut it in half, and add 9.5 feet of carbon fiber body panels probably has the resources to put up a pretty good fight. We reposted the video of the half-finished stretch 360 Modena after the jump.

[Source: The Times]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      "While it ticks us off that a company would have the cajones to sue someone for modifying a vehicle that the person paid a lot of money to own, Mr. Cawley almost deserves the legal headache."

      This made me roll my eyes into the next county. It's his damn car, he paid for it. It's pretty juvenile to act like he should have to deal with a lawsuit just 'cos you don't like what he did with HIS CAR.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ferrari is really working hard to get themselves off the list of cars I would like to own someday...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I for one think the ferrrari limo is pretty cool.
      I also think autoblog is in the wrong in saying pretty much the maker of this limo deserves the legal and financial burden of doing a project such as this.

      I'd much rather roll up at a wedding in a stretch ferrari than a stretch H2.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it's his vehicle, he can do whatever he wants to it. If i want to buy ferarri badges and put them on a Grand Caravan there's not even a damn thing they can do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ferrari should be told that they can buy back their name and badging. Otherwise, he owns it and can do as he pleases. How ridiculous
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that if Ferrari is serious about wanting their name and badges off the car, they should be forced to pay full MSRP for the new car, plus the cost for the customizations. Then, the owner should replace the Prancing Horse with a Prancing Donkey and replace the Ferrari on it with F-ckari as the name!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is there any precedent for this case whatsoever? I mean, other than the thousands and thousands of other production-based limos that retain their factory badges? Seriously, grow up, Ferrari. I think I'm going to put some Prancing Horse and 360 Modena badges on my Mazda, take some pics, send said pics to Ferrari, and ask if it's still a Ferrari.

      I'm sure Enzo rolled in his grave when the limo was created, but now I'm expecting his ghost to force its way back into his decaying body, and go strangle everyone in Ferrari's legal department.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it comes down to one simple thing: what does the title say for the make?

      it's still a Ferrari, whether it's longer or not. it's interesting that they made no stink when converters like R. Straman in Newport Beach converted many of their coupes into convertibles.

      taste, whether good or bad, is truly in the eyes of the beholder.

      Ferrari, get over yourself; you don't that "limo" anymore!

      AZMike
      • 6 Years Ago
      Go Ferrari! I know this is hard for some corporate money minded Americans to grasp but the Italians have a little something called "pride" in what they produce. Some goof ball messes with their design and they take a stand for their image. They aren't asking him to crush the car or give it back only removed their label. I'm surprised as fellow car people almost no one else is happy to see at least one company staying true to their roots rather then building another SUV to make more money
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just slap the LADA badge instead. Let's see who laughs then!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hypocrisy at its highest. Ferrari whores its brand name out to anybody that is willing to print it on something, but they have a problem with this?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Though it's a stupid thing to do, modifying such a car, I doubt Ferrari has much of a case. The guy didn't steal the car. Sheesh, Ferrari, get over yourself.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That limo is pure hotness.

        And btw, that's NOT a stupid thing to do. Rich people can do whatever they want with their Ferraris, just like poor people can do whatever they want with their Civics. But obviously, rich people have a lot more taste, if we compare this limo to a regular riced up Civic abomination on the road.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ok, maybe it's not stupid, but the car is now worth about 1/10th what it was. I agree he can do whatever the hell he wants with his car and Ferrari has no business in it after they have his cash. You know the saying, when you are poor, it's bad taste, when you are rich, it's "eccentric."
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