Video Action: Maserati Boomerang Concept

The Maserati Boomerang concept emerged back in 1972 and was perhaps ahead of its time. The spunky machine has proven what it is worth in today’s dollars when it changed hands for $3.7 million at Bonham’s recently. Check out the video clip below of the Boomerang in action:

The Maserati Boomerang concept was created to serve a special purpose—to show what the brand was capable of and that they were ahead of the curve, so to speak. At her very essence the Boomerang is a show car. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Boomerang appeared at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show packing a 4.7-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Maserati Bora. The spirited and angular Boomerang produced an impressive 310 horsepower.

Maserati BoomerangFun fact: The Maserati Boomerang concept made an appearance at the 1971 Turin Auto Show without an engine or running gear. That is a mark of confidence in the auto industry. 

The interior of the Boomerang was every ounce as modern and even futuristic as the exterior was for that time period. The world was recovering from the onslaught of hippies, peace and love and the edgy little Maserati was a welcomed prospect for things to come from the exotic sports car industry. Following a stint of touring auto shows and museum exhibits, the Boomerang was quietly sold to a Spanish collector. It was sold and restored in 1980, and not seen again until the 1990 Bagatelle Concours d’Elegance in Paris, France. The original designer, Giugiaro, saw the car at the 1990 show and added his signature to the rear, perhaps adding value.

Collectors are showing no signs of tiring of this gem, as she has changed hands quite a few times with increasingly high results. Is it worth over $3 million, or is this a group of collectors with very singular tastes?

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