Earlier this week a U.S.-based company called Scagliarini Motorsports, a specialist in Fiat and Abarth customization, unveiled a new Fiat 500 project car dubbed the Scagliarini Fiat 504 Coupe Zagato Elaborata.

The project car was developed for a client living in the United Arab Emirates, who we’re guessing drew a liking to the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato concept car unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

However, while Scagliarini Motorsports’ project car features the Zagato name in its title, it has nothing to do with the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato concept car nor the legendary Italian design house that created it.

In response, Zagato released the statement today claiming it did not have any involvement at all regarding the Scagliarini 504 Coupe Zagato Elaborata. An excerpt from the statement is printed below.

“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 has been ever used to design the above Scagliarini. Zagato is taking all the needed legal actions for the purpose.”

Following Zagato’s statement, it’s likely Scagliarini Motorsports will change the name of its project car and possibly some of its styling.

Production will likely go ahead, complete with the car’s Fiat 500 Abarth chassis, custom all-wheel drive system (hence the "504" in the name) and full assortment of carbon fiber accessories.

As always, we’ll keep you updated with news on the matter as it breaks.