By John Thomas
Last year, when we profiled the incredibly futuristic looking Maserati Boomerang concept car, we wrote that “The Boomerang prototype still exists (and still drives) and is occasionally seen on the auto show circuit in Europe.” Now the one-of-a-kind sports car is going to be auctioned by Bonhams in France in September, and experts are saying it could bring in as much as $4 million.
The car was first shown to the public in 1971 at the Turin Motor Show, and what they saw was one of the sharpest cars ever created – literally. Just looking at it too closely might slice your skin. According to Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, “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.”
To me, though, the exterior of the 300-horsepower V8 is definitely not for everyone, and it’s certainly not for me. The Boomerang’s super straight lines leave me flat, and all I can think of when I look at it is the DeLorean. This is no surprise, since both cars were designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
My favorite aspect of the car is actually inside – the dashboard gauges are all integrated into the center of the steering wheel in a phenomenally elegant and ingenious design.
Even if I don’t dig this car doesn’t mean that buying it is a bad idea. You may think it’s ugly, but purchasing a totally unique Maserati prototype that will never have another version to compete with on the auction block is probably an astute investment – even at $4 million.
Source:: 95 Octane