There aren’t many cars as unique as the Maserati Boomerang concept, which is why its huge selling price is actually quite a bargain.
On September 5, at the Chateau de Chantilly, France, the car sold at a Bonhams Auction for a massive £2.4million to a very lucky owner.
Designed by the master of one-offs, Giorgetto Giugiaro, as a show car for Maserati, it made its world debut at the 1971 Turin Motor Show without an engine.
In 1972, Maserati dipped into their parts bin, creating a street-legal, running car with a 310bhp 4.7-litre V8 engine under the bonnet from the Maserati Bora. It was showcased at the 1972 Geneva Motor show this way.
From the outside the car was incredibly futuristic and it didn’t get any more normal on the inside. The steering wheel rotates around the instrument cluster and the seating position is laid-back, something that was considered very advanced for the time.
After doing the rounds at numerous motor shows across the world during the early ‘70s it was sold to a private collector in Spain before changing hands again in 1980.
Ten years later, the Boomerang made another public appearance in the 1990 Bagatelle Concours d’Elegance in Paris, where Giugiaro signed the back of the car.
With several more appearances made during the following years, it traded hands again and has been kept in France until its recent sale. It has been fully registered for road use throughout its stay in France.
Author: Harry Boucher
September 11, 2015