1972 Maserati Boomerang Coupe

Courtesy of Bonhams
Courtesy of Bonhams

First seen as a concept car at the Turin Motor Show in 1971, the Maserati Boomerang was a typically adventurous work by Giorgetto Giugiaro.

The Boomerang borrowed its mechanical underpinnings and 4.7-liter V8 engine from the recently introduced Maserati Bora coupé, the Italian firm’s first mid-engined production car. With 310 hp on tap, the Boomerang was good for a top speed of around 300 km/h, and as one journalist observed, looked like it was doing 100 mph even when standing still. The Boomerang’s wedge shape and sharp angles would characterize Giugiaro’s designs for many years, appearing in the VW Golf and Passat, Fiat Panda, Lancia Delta, Maserati Quattroporte III, DeLorean DMC-12 and the extraordinarily long-running Lotus Esprit.

After appearing at the Geneva Salon in March 1972, the Boomerang was displayed regularly for several years, appearing at the Paris, London and Barcelona international motor shows and receiving unanimous praise. L’année Automobile featured the car on the cover of its 20th issue (1972/73).

The car remained in Spain after the Barcelona show and eventually was sold to a resident of Benidorm. It was still there in 1980 when a holidaying German Maserati enthusiast discovered the car and was able to buy it. Following careful restoration, the Boomerang made its reappearance at the Bagatelle Concours, Paris, in 1990. Giorgetto Giugiaro was one of the judges and graciously added his signature to the rear panel. In the mid-1990s, the Boomerang was invited to all the most prestigious concours events, including Pebble Beach and Concorso Italiano at Carmel, picking up numerous awards. It made an appearance again in 2000 at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races and the 50th Anniversary concours at Pebble Beach.

In 2002 the car changed hands and was treated to a refreshment of its previous, mainly cosmetic, restoration. The owner’s brief was that the Boomerang should be made road usable — a process that involved 18 months of careful mechanical and electrical refurbishment and cost some £20,000 (about $34,000). Following completion in early 2003, the car was road registered and used by its owner. It returned to Europe again in 2005, passing into the current vendor’s hands in February of that year. In addition, the engine has been overhauled by a marque specialist in Turin and the car also benefits from a full service of the air conditioning and suspension systems, and has new exhaust and tires. It is currently fully road registered in France and comes with its French Carte Grise.