Super cars of 1970’s were the essence of extreme automotive style, with their low-profiles, razor-sharp outlines, origami-like angles and their wedge shapes. The Maserati Boomerang that preceded the likes of Lamborghini Countach, BMW M1 and Lotus Esprit, the on-road examples of this idea, the Maserati took this style to the limit and now even after more than 40 years from its first appearance, the Maserati will be auctioned for sale.
The Maserati, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, looks like it have been a part of a science fiction film and just made its way out of there. Appearing for the first time as a static display vehicle at the 1971 Turin Motor Show, the Boomerang attracted huge interest by public. Due to the high interest by public, the super car was later seen in 1972 Geneva Motor Show as a fully-operational road car, also a symbol of advertisement for the Maserati. The Boomerang featured a mid-mounted 310 bhp (230 kW) 4.7-liter V8 engine, a 5-speed gearbox and rear wheel drive, the Boomerang resembled a lot in matter of components to its production model sibling Maserati Bora.
What was unique in the Boomerang was the raked windscreen that it featured, and the huge sunroof and the doors of the Boomerang were mostly made of glass. Along with custom interior and steering wheel arrangement that cleverly encompassed the gauges and switch gear in a circular dashboard.
This was the groundbreaking icon of the era, and it influenced its designer Giugiaro so much that other Giugiaro’s contemporaries were influenced by its design and featured some of the Boomerang’s components as well. Particularly obvious in Lotus Esprit and MK1 VW Golf which later turned out to be one of the best designs by Giugiaro.
According to Phillip Kantor, Bonham’s European Head of Motoring, “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.”
After being displayed at a number of venues, a private buyer bought the fully-registered Boomerang after the 1974 Barcelona Motor Show. Since then, the supercar was seen in Bagatelle Concours in Paris in 1990, then at the 1993 Concours Italiana, in Carmel California and Pebble Beach with its new owner. Then it appeared at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races in 2000, and at Christie’s the Boomerang was sold once more through auction in 2005, it was sold for €781,250 (US$1,007,005). Then it appeared at Monte Carlo, Monaco, in 2012, Belgium in 2013, and Paris Motor Show in 2014 with it’s new owner.
This incredible super car is now once again up for auction at Bonham’s auction house. It will hold the center stage at the Château de Chantilly along with the host of other interesting automobiles, the sale will be on the 5th of September. The estimated price is still to be announced, based on the previous sale prices of the Boomerang and the current market along-with the high interest in the vehicle, it is believed to fetch millions of dollars.