Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
Illustration for article titled Throwback Thursday: Maserati Boomerang

The Maserati Boomerang was a concept car designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. It was first revealed at the Turin Auto Show in 1971 as a non-functional model, but by the time the 1972 Geneva Auto Show came around the company had worked it into a fully functional vehicle.

The design of the Boomerang would resonate through Giugiaro’s future designs for many years. Its sharp angles and wedge shape could be easily seen in the VW Golf 1, VW Passat, Lancia Delta, Maserati Quattroporte III, Lotus Esprit, and the De Lorean DMC-12. Powered by a 310 bhp (230 kW) 4.7L V8 engine driving the rear wheels, 5 speed manual transmission, and having a fully decked out interior. With a unique dashboard layout where the steering wheel and gauge cluster are part of a single console that emerges from the dash, and the steering wheel rotates around the stationary gauges.

The Boomerang was fully registered as a road car, but it was always intended as a one-off show car.

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Illustration for article titled Throwback Thursday: Maserati Boomerang

The Boomerang was modelled by quite a few diecast makers - in fact, back in the 70s, models of Concepts were all the rage in diecast. And with design like this, who can blame them?

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Illustration for article titled Throwback Thursday: Maserati Boomerang

But the model above could only be a Siku, which always managed to look a bit more angular than the real cars. It is really a bit of a Teutonic interpretation of an Italian design. And then the wheels. I love it!

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