This outstanding looking automobile is up for grabs. It comes as no surprise if the shape seems striking familiar, as it was one of the most iconic concepts of the 70s.
Entitled the Maserati Boomerang, it was penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro and initially revealed at the Turin Auto Show in 1971 as a non-functional model.
The Boomerang was also featured at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, but by then, the car was transformed into a fully functional vehicle, constructed on Bora underpinnings with a 300 HP V8 under its… hood. That’s enough grunt to take it all the way up to 300 Km/h, but I doubt that anyone actually did. Why? Have you seen its interior?
The steering wheel looks cool as ice, but all the gauge clusters are fitted within its frame on a circular instrument panel. There’s a reason why that sort of idea didn’t catch on.
Anyway, despite the fact that it looks a little dangerous, it actually has a divided steering shaft connected by a chain which keeps the column from moving backward in the event of a crash. Furthermore, according to Giugiaro, the large, central steering wheel disc was conceived with the idea to create a space for an airbag.
The price of the car is unknown (yet), but a roughly estimate brings it close to the $4,000,000 region. Why so much cash for an old, Italian concept-car? Well, as Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “The Boomerang was the first car of its time to create such a strong, angular style statement. It’s considered by many to be one of the most remarkable designs of the 20th century and the ‘grandfather’ to the Volkswagen Golf Mk 1”.
It seems this angular, wedge shaped automobile, “which was drawn exclusively with a roller rather than with curves” – as Giugiaro stated, was the thing that put the Italian coachbuilder on the map and represents the basis of the design language used for the Golf Mk1, Lotus Esprit, VW Passat, Lancia Delta and other pointy Giugiaro penned automobiles.
According to Bohnams – the auction house handling the sale – the car is in working order and fully road-registered. Whoever buys it can drive it legally, on public roads. Did I mention the Boomerang is a one-off concept-car?