Maserati Boomerang
Year 1972 - Chassis No. 081 - Engine N0. 902
Named after a curved flat missile used by Australian Aboriginals.

This text is taken from the Christie's calalogue for their important sale of MOTOR CARS INCLUDING THE HANS LÜSCHER COLLECTION at RÉTROMOBILE, Paris on Tuesday 12th February 2002. My grateful thanks go to Ms. Jill Potterton of the Christie's Press Office for her permission to reproduce this text.



The Giugiaro designed Maserati Boomerang

LOT 40


GIORGETTO GIUGIARO


Son and grandson of well known Italian figurative artists, Giorgetto Giugiaro was naturally destined for an artistic future. During his studies at the Turin Art School, he enjoyed drawing caricatures of cars and they were displayed at an end-of-year school show. Dante Giacosa, the Technical Director of F.I.A.T., happened to see them, immediateIy spotted his talent and in 1955, had Giorgetto join the company's Styling Office. In 1959, at the age of only 21, he was offered the position of manager of the Bertone Stylinq Centre and from here he designed spectacular coachwork for Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati and other reputed marques. After sIx highly intense years, hemoved to Ghia but, though he felt the experience was rewarding, he was actually stirred by a need for greater independence and launched his own company, Ital Styling, at the end of 1957. This was changed into Italdesign one year later and is now one of the leading players in the field of automobile design. The importance of Giorgetto Giugiaro's work was acknowledged in 2000, when he was awarded the supreme title of "Car Designer of the Century" by a panel of 120 top motoring journalists worldwide.



The interior of the Maserati Boomerang

Photo courtesy of Sebastien Morlière of AllSportAuto


MASERATI BOOMERANG


The Maserati Boomerang was first displayed as a non-functional model at the Turin Motor 5how in 1971. By the Geneva show in March 1972, it had been transformed into a fully operational vehicle. The mechanics were borrowed from Maserati, the engine being the race-bred 4.7-litre V8, developing no less than 310 bhp and good for an indicated top speed of 300 kph. One journalist observed it looked as though it was doing a hundred miles an hour standing still! It was then, until 1974, successively shown at the Paris, London and Barcelona motor shows and was unanimously praised for its audacity. Unlike now, it was not uncommon for manufacturers and coachbuilders to sell their concept cars when they had served their purpose. Thus, after the Barcelona show, the Boomerang remained in Spain and was eventually sold to a night club owner in Benidorm. The present owner discovered it there during a holiday trip in 1980 and could not resist the temptation of buying it, for he has first seen the car eight years earlier and was only able to purchase a model of it. After a careful restoration, it re-appeared for the first time in the 1990 Bagatelle Concours in Paris, where Giorgetto Giugiaro was a judge and proudly hand-signed the rear panel. Since, the Boomerang has been invited to all the major events in the world and has deservedly won numerous awards, including in Pebble Beach. Indeed, the fourth sports car concept introduced by the young Italdesign after its inception also proved to be the most influential. Its unforgettable wedgeshaped body was the inspiration for some small series Maseratis, for the Lotus Esprit which, nearly thirty years after its launch is still being produced and significantly, for the hugely popular Golf 1 that VW had asked Ciugiaro to pen and was marketed in 1974. It is extremely rare that a one-off masterpiece such as this, a fully engineered work of art with its unique pedigree, reaches the market. Following the Cisitalia in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Lotus in the Moderna Musect in Stockholm, the Boomerang would deserve a place in a museum; it would certainly enhance any collection in the world.



The unique steering wheel of the Maserati Boomerang

Photo courtesy of Sebastien Morlière of AllSportAuto


CONDITION


It is quite remarkable that the very strict German TUV (MoT) legalised the Boomerang (under one condition: thr turn indicators had to have yellow bulbs!) and the car is duly road registered. Though road use is not its primary voccation, it is comfortinq to know that the car drives very well, its engine, transmission, suspension, brakes and steering all working as they should. It does show some traces of use, but presents very well and still is in excellent condition. It comes with the original fitted luggage and also with a collection of models, magagazines, books, and trophies won at various events.



ESTIMATE


EURO 650,000 - 900,000.



PRICE REALISED


EURO 721,750 (GB 441,711 around US $600,000).



LUCKY NEW OWNER


A Private Collector and unfortunately it isn't me!!!





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