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Maserati Boomerang headlines Bonhams Chantilly sale

One-off Maserati Boomerang concept is one the market again, and will be sold at Bonhams’ new Chantilly auction


The one of a kind 1972 Maserati Boomerang concept car is ready to be sold at Bonham’s first Chantilly auction this September. This unique car was originally unveiled in 1971 at the Turin Motor show, and by 1972 had been built into a fully working road car. No estimate has been revealed, but the car previously sold for €781,250 back in 2005.

It was originally developed over the chassis of a Maserati Bora, with the same powerful V8 engine. This gives the car 300bhp, and a claimed top speed of 186mph. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro the Maserati Boomerang is spectacular to look at, with its distinctly wedgy, sharp-edged shape.

The design drew on some of Giugiaro’s other designs, such as the Alfa Romeo Iguana and the VW-Porsche Tapiro. The design is also very reminiscent of the Alfa Romeo Carabo, which was unveiled 3 years before the Boomerang by rival designer Marcello Gandini. The angular design of the boomerang had great influence on car design at the time, said to influence cars like the Lotus Esprit. Inside, the Boomerang houses a unique steering column, which is an extension of the dashboard, with a static central disc. It’s this that houses the instrument pod.

It‘s still in fully working condition and is fully road registered. The car was last sold in 2005 where it went for €781,250. At this sale it was noticed that the car was still bearing the signature of its designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, who had signed its rear panel after being reunited with it at the 1990 Bagatelle Concours.

Equal part art and performance, the Boomerang will go up for auction again once again on 5 September at the Chateau de Chantilly.

Words: Rhys Barnwell

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