50 years ago, the unique Maserati Boomerang concept was born, from the mind of the creator of DeLorean.

50 years ago, the unique Maserati Boomerang concept was born, from the mind of the creator of DeLorean.

The wedge-shaped Maserati Boomerang celebrates 50 years since its commercial debut in March 1972 at the Geneva Motor Show. A year earlier, at the Turin Motor Show, the car had already been revealed as an inactive prototype, designed by the Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro – who ten years later would create the features of another immortal work: the DMC DeLorean, the star of the film. De Volta films For the future.

At the time, the angular Boomerang was on par with competitors like the Lamborghini Countach and Lancia Stratos Zero. In 1972, its construction was carried out on the chassis of Bora and Maserati.


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Boomerang at 300 km / h

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The two-seater sports coupe was never produced, but under the hood anyway, the only Boomerang model ever created got a 314 hp 4.7-liter V8, capable of producing almost 300 km / h top speed. Still in the driving segment, the car brought a rear-wheel drive and a five-speed manual gearbox.

Inside the cabin, the thin-rimmed, non-spoke steering wheel became one of the most interesting interior pieces of the creation. The dashboard instruments for the driver were built into the item, while the seats, in turn, were placed very low.

Details of the Maserati Boomerang steering wheel
Photo: By Herranderssvensson – Own work, CC

Panoramic roof and retractable lights

But it is the external appearance of the Boomerang (imitating a bright seedling) that is most emphasized in our memories. The car is designed with square retractable taillights, along with a wide-sliding windshield and a sunroof that ends at the rear window. On the doors, the lower window is built into the panel and can be lowered enough to allow the driver or passenger to reach and pick up an object that has fallen out of the vehicle.

Boomerang front view
Photo: Advertising/Maserati

As it brings a memorial post of Maserati on the Boomerang’s 50th anniversary, the concept brief “gave an image of penetration, power and speed”. According to the automaker, the car “left a stylistic legacy that has lived on not only in Giugiaro’s future creations, but also in other projects, acting as an inspiration for several other manufacturers in Europe and the United States”.

From 1972 to today, the only copy of Boomerang passed through several hands. At the same time, it has appeared in international competitions, at various auctions and has even been used in advertisements. One of his last matches, several years ago, was at a Bonhams auction, valued at US$ 3.6 million (something that is more than R$ 18 million today, in directly converted values).

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