Still in working order and fully road registered, the Maserati Boomerang is offered at Bonhams Chantilly Sale, taking place on 5 September at Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, held in Chantilly, France.
About the Maserati Boomerang
Unveiled as an epowood model at the 1971 Turin Motor Show, the Maserati Boomerang was then converted into a one-off fully operational prototype and presented at the 1972 Geneva Show.
The Boomerang was based on the Bora chassis and was powered by a 310 hp V8 engine.
The extreme design is characterized by the wedge shape, with a minimal windshield angle of 13° and a total height of just 1,070 mm. Three years later this feature influenced the design Lotus Esprit. All the straight, radical body lines result in a sculpture-like look, which is also reflected in the distinctive wheels.
Among the styling influences were a number of other Giugiaro’s designs: from the the recess on the hood of the Iguana, to the front end and belt-line shape of the Tapiro, to the whole design of the Caimano.
The interior echoes the extreme, futuristic look of the exterior and features a hubless steering wheel that leaves complete visibility of the circular instrument panel.
An additional technical highlight was the steering column connected by a chain, which would not move backwards in case of front collisions.
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. The Boomerang has been shown at many world-class events including exhibitions and concours d’élégance such as Villa d’Este and Pebble Beach, and is now offered at Bonhams first ever sale in Chantilly.”
For further information, visit Bonhams website.
(Source: Bonhams via Autoblog.com)