Boomerang Concept Car

Italdesign

The years between the ‘60s and ‘70s saw the Italian body stylists exhibit a sparkling array of unique designs, which were always more audacious and radically changed the direction of automobile style for decades to come.

After Bertone’s Carabo and Pininfarina’s Modulo, the Maserati Boomerang designed by Italdesign was an extreme example of the atelier’s research. It was also built on mid-engined mechanics, the availability of which enabled the designer to create radically different, low, square volumes, without a boot, of extreme geometric lines. These that were simultaneously imposed on all the top designers and over the subsequent 20 years took the place of the fluid lines and radius-type volumes that were in vogue after the Second World War. But they would be elbowed to one side (by self-repeating cycles of fashion) by the bio-design of the ‘90s.
With the Boomerang, the interior was also an integral part of the project, with the instrumentation contained within the steering wheel and the seats “borrowed” from those of an Apollo space mission.

This generation of prototypes was too radical to have an effect on immediate production but Giugiaro is, as always, a master in using the results of his testing like that in his “more serious” projects, starting with the Ace of Spades. We find shades of the Boomerang in many cars, especially the flanks.

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