While Lapo Elkann’s Garage Italia Customs is best known for the Fiat the company has went out of its way to dress up a Mazda MX-5 in denim.
Or hasn’t it? After all, the Fiat connection is still very much alive when discussing the Mazda MX-5 Miata, since the model serves as the foundation for the Fiat and Abarth 124 Spider. The Italian tuning specialist has decided for a summer sunset look on the outside, combined with a denim finish on the inside. Sounds pretty wild, right? Well, Garage Italia Customs has a thing for wild experiments – just remember the i8 dressed in a fancy livery inspired by a famous painting. So, the latest-generation MX-5 was taken as the model for yet another wacky inspiration source – the glamorous motion picture. To be more precise, the model honors Bruce Brown’s 1966 “Endless Summer” movie.
And it appears the project is officially sanctioned by Mazda, who ordered the customization. The exterior of the iconic Miata has been painted in a livery that depicts the “long summer sunsets”. As such, a bright orange hue fades in indigo above the waistline – and the exterior was complimented with a Mazda accessories 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheel set. The dual-tone appearance progresses inside where there’s a main denim finish with orange accents. The seats have a washable denim upholstery combined with Alcantara finished in a nautical blue tone – also appearing on the door handles. The one-off project has been titled “Levanto” – which is a reference to the municipality in the La Spezia province in Italy known for its crystal clear water, also the cradle of Italian surfing.