Maserati Boomerang Concept Returns After 50 Years to Showcase Its Excellence

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Much before John DeLorean’s angular sports car hit the scene, Maserati introduced its own futuristic creation called the Boomerang. Unveiled at the 1971 Turin Motor Show, the Boomerang’s sharp design was on par with rivals like the Lamborghini Countach and Lancia Stratos Zero. Half a century later, this angular masterpiece from the early 70s still captivates with its unique charm.
Built on the chassis of the Maserati Bora, the Boomerang, which remains the sole existence of its kind, featured a robust 310-hp 4.7-liter V8 engine capable of reaching speeds close to 186 miles per hour. Despite changing hands multiple times over the past five decades, it’s unlikely that this icon has seen much road action. The angular exterior, a testament to designer Giorgetto Giugiaro’s artistic vision, exudes a modern flair. Inside, the cockpit layout with a futuristically designed spokeless steering wheel exemplifies innovation.

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The Boomerang, with its low-slung profile, boasted retractable square headlights and extensive glass areas encompassing the windshield, a panoramic sunroof, and rear window. Noteworthy features include lower doors windows that could be lowered to retrieve items that may have slipped out of the vehicle.

Despite being a two-seater prototype, the Boomerang never entered production. However, it left a lasting design legacy that influenced not just Giugiaro’s future creations (e.g., the DeLorean DMC-12) but also inspired numerous projects, serving as a muse for various automakers in Europe and the USA.

Draped in luxurious leather, Maserati’s groundbreaking sports car graced international events for many years, making an indelible mark on the competition circuit.

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“The Boomerang set a precedent for uniquely bold, angular design in its era,” remarked Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring. “Considered by many as one of the most extraordinary designs of the 20th century, it serves as the ‘grandfather’ to iconic models like the Volkswagen Golf Mk 1.”

A few years back, the unique Boomerang was auctioned off by Bonhams for a staggering $3.6 million. Considering the current surge in prices for rare automobiles, it’s intriguing to speculate what the Boomerang could potentially fetch if placed at auction today. With models like the Countach making a comeback in 2021 after years of absence and the Supra reemerging before that, perhaps the Boomerang, true to its name, may find its way back into the spotlight.

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