Maserati Boomerang Back Up For Auction
The Maserati Boomerang made a name for itself during the 1970s, and the concept car ultimately inspired a number of future vehicles, including the Volkswagen Passat, Maserati Quattroporte III and De Lorean DMC-12. As Colin Jeffrey of GizMag.com explains, “the low profiles, origami-like angles, and razor-sharp contours” makes the body one of the most recognizable vehicles in the auto world.
Registered as a road car, the one-off vehicle was ultimately sold to a private party in 1974. The vehicle has made several appearances since then, and it sounds like it will soon be switching hands. The vehicle is set to be auctioned off, meaning if you have at least $1 million, you can get your hands on the iconic car. You won’t find this innovative vehicle sitting on your local Maserati dealership in New York, but let’s still take a minute to appreciate the unique car…
Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and shown at the 1971 Turin motor show, the car was initially suppose to serve as a “static display vehicle,” as Jeffrey explains. With the unexpected popularity, it was ultimately converted into a road car, and the designers included a 4.7-liter V8 engine that can produce 310 horsepower. It wasn’t the engine that impressed the crowds, however. It was the car’s design.
Featuring an “outrageously raked windscreen”, the car certainly provides one of the more unique driving perspectives. The interior was just as innovative, including a “clever steering wheel arrangement that encompassed the gauges and switchgear in a circular dashboard straight in front of the driver.”
“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,” said Bonhams’ European Head of Motoring Philip Kantor (via Jeffrey). “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 having switched hands multiple times over the past 40 years, the vehicle will once again be up for auction. The car will be featured at the Château de Chantilly, where a number of rare and eye-catching vehicle will be for sale. The last time it was sold (in 2005 at Christie’s), the seller earned a cool $1,007,005 for the vehicle. Experts predict that it will sell for at least twice that much this time around.
Unfortunately, it’s not realistic for any of us to get our hands on the vehicle. However, we can still appreciate the rest of Maserati’s innovative vehicles. If you’re in the market for a new car, head down to Maserati of Albany, and you could be driving out of the lot in your new car.