Maserati Celebrates 50 Years Of Its Iconic Boomerang Concept Car

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The Giugiaro design remains a forward-thinking study.

With the arrival of the Maserati MC20 together with the upcoming Grecale, it looks like we could be seeing the luxury and performance Italian manufacturer rise to its former glory. This is partially thanks to the substantial investments being made by the Stellantis group. Adding to the revival of its prestigious reputation is also its recent announcement to revive its formerly successful motorsport division.

While the company is looking forward, it is also ensuring that customers who have supported them thoroughly in the past are looked after as well. Maserati's new Classiche Program gives classic owners a chance to acquire a certificate of authenticity and opt for services that include car detailing and maintenance. One classic, however, is of particular importance.

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There are many classic cars that you could put through this conclusive classical offering but one that would need a bit more attention is the highly unique Maserati Boomerang concept that was revealed at the Swiss auto show five decades ago. Maserati celebrates this anniversary by reminding us how advanced the design was for its time.

The legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign was in charge of putting the revolutionary supercar concept together. It was based on a Maserati Bora with a mid-mounted 4.7-liter V8 that was capable of delivering 310 horsepower to the rear wheels using a five-speed manual gearbox. Thanks to the aerodynamic design, the sleek concept was able to reach a top speed in the vicinity of 186 mph.

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Sadly, the eye-catching design never saw official production but Giugiaro did apply some of its design cues to future projects. Maserati suggests that the design was so iconic that even other manufacturers adopted some of its lines to their products. What was so distinctive about its appearance? The Italian marque explains that it is all in the wedge that is defined by a sloping windscreen and a panoramic sunroof.

Pop-up headlights were a key feature of the front while the rear was defined by four sleek taillight bars. The highlight of the entire package has to be the outlandish thin-rim steering wheel that houses all of the car's displays. Sure, not all cues look great against the backdrop of time, but you can't deny that this was one of the most futuristic concepts of its time that still looks spectacular 50 years on.

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