Well it also turns out I get to nail down some of my company lore. Nice.
1993 Matteo Miglia Scatola Cittadina
Deemed to be sufficiently pizza-pasta by a select focus group of Italians
Shortly after the release of Matteo Miglia’s first and finest supercar, the Merlo, Matteo realised, in the midst of a global recession, that he, like many other car makers, had made a horrible mistake.
MM had only broken away from the mega auto-house Znopresk in the previous decade after a dispute over the funding of a sportscar project. Matteo, scoring first blood with the wildly successful Legatus, got a bit carried away and went grandissimo. The Merlo sent the company deep into the red from the sheer costs alone and even the much anticipated second generation of the Legatus in 1991 was not enough to bring it back from the brink.
Fortunately, Znopresk was feeling magnaminous. Recognising the potential star-power of this brand, it sought to regroup its hold on its rebellious zealots by offering a lifeline, in the form of joint projects and continued use of its ageing engine line. Rebadgings with a sporty twist. Znopresk were legendary for economy and budget, after all, but less so the spice that a growing crowd desired.
This is where the bluntly named “Scatola” comes in. It was hardly there to fulfill an unmet market need, so much as aid in the evolution of an expanding market: the cheap and positively cheerful, a source of hope in a bleak point of history. It would go on to set the tone for much of the MM lineup for the next decade and a half, and go back to the original roots that engendered the Legatus: mega bang for your buck because there weren’t many bucks to go around.
Race trim pending.