My Car Quest

July 17, 2019

The Maserati Boomerang: Who says Boomerangs Don’t Come Back?

by Wallace Wyss –

When Giorgetto Giugiaro cut himself adrift from Ghia Carrozzeria he put himself under a lot of pressure. He had to come up with something dramatic to put in auto shows to get the work flowing in.

Maserati Boomerang

Fortunately, from his time at Ghia he had the Maserati firm as fans of his work.

So now it was time for his new firm, ItalDesign, to make a real impact.

Well, not to worry. As we now know, he has achieved many milestones, from production cars made by the millions, to one-off prototypes like this car.

The way I heard it was that he had already designed the Bora and maybe its little sister, the Merak, but still wanted to do something more exotic, so he did the Boomerang. Or it could have been an alternate design proposal.

Maserati Boomerang

Maserati Boomerang

Proof that the Bora came first is that the Boomerang was built on a Bora chassis, and was a car that was street drivable, unlike many prototypes that, even if they have a motor, are just drivable to get up on a turntable.

The great thing about this car is that, though it was built decades ago, it’s still coming back into view in clothing ads as a prop. Some lucky bloke bought it after chasing it down after seeing it rocket by on a street in Spain (story in one of my Incredible Barn finds books).

Maserati Boomerang

The 1972 Maserati Boomerang was inaugurating the wedge as a design shape whereas before that, largely due to Giugiaro, sensuous curves announced a sports car.

The really bizarre part of the car was the grouping of various gauges in the center with the steering wheel around them. It is a wonder it all works!

Maserati Boomerang

The Lancia Stratos Zero concept of 1970 deserves to be the first “wedge” car but that was hardly drivable, and the Boomerang is drivable with good visibility.

The Boomerang paved the way for two production cars with similar but less dramatic Giugiaro designs – the early Lotus Esprit (of James Bond submarine car fame) and the DeLorean DMC-12 (of Back to the Future renown).

Maserati Boomerang

There was no experimentation under the rear lid—a standard 310 horsepower 4.7 liter V8 engine was the powerplant. That was mated to a 5-speed manual from ZF.

Maserati Boomerang

The first time it went up for auction was in February of 2005 and it has probably beat that price at auctions since. I can think this car’s appeal is that you could take it on an event like the Colorado Grand and still have a one-off car that could grace the lawn at Pebble Beach.

If you want to look for it in the fashion ads, you can find it in a series of Louis Vuitton print and video ads, with photographs by Jürgen Teller showing the car and fashion models at the Giardini della Biennale (Venice). There are not too many old prototypes that can still look like a car of the decades after they were built, lemme tell ya.

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

THE AUTHOR: Wallace Wyss is the author of Incredible Barn Finds
series of books, available as a set of four or individually from Enthusiast Books, Hudson, WI.

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The Maserati Boomerang: Who says Boomerangs Don't Come Back?
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The Maserati Boomerang: Who says Boomerangs Don't Come Back?
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Giorgetto Giugaro designed a special concept car - the Maserati Boomerang.
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  1. Herbert Putz says

    This is an absolutely stunning car!!! I had the chance to see it in reality at the Centenary Gathering of Maserati in 2014-09!

    See also the official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_JbmbgfMB4

    Herbert

  2. Richard Holmes says

    Giugiaro

  3. Robert Feldman says

    Can I get that with a tilt steering wheel?

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