Right now, the Maserati Centennial Gathering is roaring through northern Italy from Bologna to Modena, and it has been going on since Thursday. There are modern and classic Maseratis involved, including some very significant cars: 8CM, 250F, A6GCS, MC12 Goodwood Cent 100… the list goes on.
Those are all cars we’ve enjoyed seeing at Goodwood this year, so right now we’re going to turn our focus on the Boomerang. Imagine seeing this wedge drive down the street in 1972, the year in which was registered for road use. The Giugiaro designed car made its debut at 1971 Turin show, before reappearing at the following year’s Geneva show complete with registration plates.
It continued to tour the show scene for another two years before being sold to a private individual in 1974. The lucky owner got to enjoy not only one of the most radical shapes ever created, but also a Bora-derived 4.7-litre 301bhp V8. It has a theoretical top speed of 186mph.
If anything, the Boomerang’s cockpit was even more radical than the generously-glazed exterior. The biggest talking point of the minimalist interior is the way the instrumentation is housed inside the steering wheel. There’s a clear-cut logic to that which makes you wonder why it never became commonplace.
What did become commonplace, in the 1970s at least, was the wedge form. The Boomerang may have taken it to the extreme, but it did predict cars like the Merak that would make it to showrooms later in the decade.