Ferrari to sue over limo

2012-01-25 12:35

A UK car enthusiast could be headed to court for converting a Ferrari into a limousine.

The Italian automaker is threatening legal action against Dan Cawley unless he removes all Ferrari insignia from his modified limo.

Ferrari argues that once Cawley sawed his 360 Modena in half and stretched it using hand-built carbon fibre panels, it was technically no longer a Ferrari.


The "new" vehicle is 20ft (6m) long and can seat eight people. It even maintains is blistering pace, since it weighs only 160kg more than the original 1390kg vehicle.

Cawley argues that before he took on his monster modification project he got the green light from Ferrari to convert the 298kW supercar.

He said: "What kind of precedent does it set when you can't do what you like with your own property?"

The Modena modification cost Cawley and former McLaren carbon fibre expert Chris Wright a total of R2.4m. The limousine set a Guinness World Record for the fastest limo in 2011, reaching a speed of 267km/h.

  • Grant - 2012-01-25 13:56

    I agree with Cawley. It is his car to do with as he pleases. Ferrari say it is technically "not a Ferrari". I disagree..... Technically and mechanically it IS a Ferrari, and physically it is probably more than 50% Ferrari.....with 100% of the Ferrari being used in the limo. Cawley should thank Ferrari for the free advertising.

      Boer - 2012-01-25 23:59

      Ferrari is full of crap. Once they excepted his money it was his to do whatever he wanted to do with it. Are they Ferrari going to give him trouble if the damn ferrari burnt out.? See what I mean. They have no leg to stand on.

  • Ben - 2012-01-25 16:36

    Should have taken the logos off....

      chasgibbons - 2012-01-25 17:17

      why? its still a ferrari - only more of it!!

  • Jacques - 2012-01-25 16:58

    what a load of rubbish! So if you put a canopy on a hilux it is not a hilux anymore? What about all the other items like suspension, and bullbars

  • Tebogo - 2012-01-25 17:05

    Additions to your car does not alter the make. Bull bars, Antiroll bars, Canopies and all sorts of modifications does not change a mitsubishi, toyota, isuzu into something else. Its still the same make.Ferrari need to find something else to keep themselves buisy with. Thats just silly.

  • Kendall - 2012-01-25 18:13

    The only reason Ferrari is pissed is because they never came up with the idea themselves. If it is my car and Ferrari consented to the changes why now do they start putting up such a issue. Ferrari should be proud that someone took their brand to a higher level. It is still a Ferrari as it has all the spec's bar an extension made from carbon fiber.

  • nbasson - 2012-01-25 18:35

    Serves him right, it's an abomination.

  • Shaun - 2012-01-25 18:42

    What I want to know is why he even needed Ferrari's permission in the first place. Its his property and no longer belongs to Ferrari. Legally he can do what he likes with it. I don't think the tuning firms have to get Ferrari approval so why should he have to?

  • Graeme - 2012-01-26 06:58

    what a wacko - cutting a Ferrari in half!

  • Cyrus - 2012-01-26 19:38

    What BS is this. Its his car and he should be able to do what he pleases with it. But I do hate what he has done to such a beautiful car

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