An exotic one-of-a-kind classic car is going to auction…what’s not to like? The 1972 Maserati Boomerang has just been added to the catalog for the Bonhams September 5th sale in Chantilly, France.
For those not familiar with this concept, it debuted at the 1971 Turin Motor Show purely as a design. The coupe was such a hit, it was transformed into a fully operational vehicle for the 1972 Geneva Motor Show. Underneath the unique skin was the chassis of Maserati’s new Bora, including its 300 hp 4.7-liter V8.
In 1974 the one-off concept was sold into private hands. It has remained cared for and road-ready condition. In fact, we last saw the Boomerang on tour with Maserati’s centennial celebration.
It is hard for us to call this sale a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because this car has changed hands at least twice in the last dozen years. Still, we will always be excited when this very unique coupe makes an appearance. Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro was already well established in the 1970s with beautiful creations like the De Tomaso Mangusta and the Fiat Dino Coupe, but this one was truly pivotal in his career.
The Boomerang helped the market take notice of Giugiaro’s now-signature angular style. He was not the only person to use sharp edges (just look at Bertone’s cars of the late 60s and early 70s after Giugiaro left the firm). The difference is that Giugiaro seemed to have a bit more maturity and practicality, and that’s why elements of the Boomerang concept car are echoed in production vehicles like the Volkswagen Golf and BMW M1.
Inside, the design is arguably even more impressive. The parameter-mounted steering wheel leaves room in the central hub for all the essential gauges. Unlike the exterior, this unique setup did not influence any production cars, but it is still an attention grabber over four decades later.
We won’t speculate too much on price for this concept car. We do know that it sold for around $850K a decade ago (in today’s dollars), and the current market is proving to be quite wild. So while the Maserati Boomerang will likely not set any new records, there is potential to be quite significant.