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Anything but Australian

One-off Maserati Boomerang heads to auction for just under £3 million

 

UPDATE: 6th September 2015: Sold for £2,419,000 ($3,668,0000 or €3,289,500)

 

Concept cars are rarely sold by the firms that produce them and thus when one comes to the market, they tend to arouse a lot of interest. One especially unusual example, a fully-registered roadworthy 1972 Maserati Boomerang by the renowned “car designer of the century” Giorgetto Giugiaro, will be sold by Bonhams in September.

 

Anything but Australian - One-off 1972 Maserati Boomerang heads to auction for just under £3 million
The 1972 Maserati Boomerang

 

Described as having “the epitome of outrageous automotive style” and a “one-off icon”, the Boomerang features a 4.7-litre V8 engine, a 5-speed gearbox and a “glasshouse passenger cabin” complete with a sunroof and doors made mostly of glass. Of the car, which aside from its name is anything but Australian in terms of its influences, Philip Kantor of Bonhams remarked:

 

“The Boomerang was the first car of its time to create such a strong, angular style statement. It’s considered by many to be one of the most remarkable designs of the 20th century and the ‘grandfather’ to the Volkswagen Golf Mark 1. The Boomerang has been shown at many world-class events including exhibitions and concours d’élégance such as Villa d’Este and Pebble Beach”.

 

Anything but Australian - One-off 1972 Maserati Boomerang heads to auction for just under £3 million
The interior of the left-hand drive car features teering wheel arrangement that encompasses the gauges and switchgear in a circular dashboard straight in front of the driver
Anything but Australian - One-off 1972 Maserati Boomerang heads to auction for just under £3 million
One of the doors to the vehicle
Anything but Australian - One-off 1972 Maserati Boomerang heads to auction for just under £3 million
The car was exhibited at the Turin Auto Show in 1971 as a non-functional model and at the 1972 Geneva Auto Show as a fully functional vehicle
Anything but Australian - One-off 1972 Maserati Boomerang heads to auction for just under £3 million
The Boomerang from the rear

 

Sold last by Christie’s in February 2005 for £539,750 ($1,007,005 or €781,250), the car will be sold at the Bonhams Chantilly Sale at Château Chantilly in northern France on 5th September with a guide of £2.1 million to £2.9 million ($3.3 million to $4.4 million or €3 million to €4 million). It is likely that it will end up in either a museum or will be sold to a very wealthy collector.

 

 

 

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Comments

3 comments on “Anything but Australian”

  1. Grandfather of the MK 1 VW Golf? Oh right, the VW Golf, not the 1971 Maserarti Bora or the 1972 Maserati Merak or the 1976 Lotus Esprit then or the 1978 BMW M1 or the 1981 DeLorean DMC or any of the other extremely similar cars designed by Giugiaro then? No, of course not, the Mk 1 Golf which looked identical to every other box on wheels on the planet, I can see that!

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