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Tough to crack car puzzle #163

Tough to crack car puzzle #163
This is not a car, but a detail of a car. And what a funky one! It is of course a steering wheel, but not completely as we know it. This steering wheel – or actually its boss – also houses gauges, metres, stalks and switches. Pretty clever isn’t it? But still, it didn’t catch on, and we have never seen any other car with this distinctive feature. That narrows the search down considerably, doesn’t it? We think you may well remember it if you ever came across it. Oh, and have a closer look at the script on these gauges: ‘Benzina’, ‘Press. Olio’, ‘Acqua’, ‘Temp Olio’… We’re not giving away more for now! Do indulge us with insider stories if you have them. We’re expecting plenty of answers from you. Please do click for the rules below first. And enjoy the weekend for now!

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#9 2017-07-26 09:25
Sorry it is not in the Louwman museum. I made a mistake. It was owned by a gentleman here in the South of France who sold it at auction at the higher of the price mentioned in the other comments. I do not know its whereabouts at present.
#8 2017-07-24 16:22
Visit the Louwman museum in The Hague and use your eyes!
#7 2017-07-24 09:18
I'm probably late to the game on this 1972 Maserati Boomerang. It started life as a rolling sculpture in Geneva and later emerged at Paris with Bora power. It was later restored for street use. The Giugiaro design is gorgeous. Had Triumph paid tribute to the lean and mean look with the TR7/8 perhaps they would have survived. The Boomerang and Lamborghini's Marzal were knock em dead looking cars of that era.
#6 2017-07-23 23:04
This is the 1971 Maserati Boomerang concept car, one of the first products of Giorgetto Giugiaro's "origami" period. I had the rare privilege of seeing it at the 1993 Concours Italiana (later named Concorso Italiano) in the Carmel Valley. It was displayed as part of a tribute to Giugiaro that featured about 30 cars, including my humble - though very presentable - first-generation VW Scirocco. A souvenir they were giving away was a piece of pasta ("marille") designed by Giugiaro! I still have mine, though I no longer have the Scirocco.
#5 Ace Zenek 2017-07-23 11:54
Styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro the Maserati Boomerang was displayed as a non-running prototype in 1971 at the Turin Auto Show and completed as a fully functioning car in 1972 at Geneva. Prototype photos show a different set of gauges in the steering wheel pod which was originally to house an airbag. The Trident logo and Giugiaro's initials were reinstalled in 2005. Sold for €3.5 million in 2015. The 13 degree angle of the bonnet/hood is the same as the windshield to form the front wedge shape. First shown in America at the Los Angeles Auto Expo May 5, 1972.

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#4 2017-07-22 22:05
It is the steering wheel of a Maserati Boomerang which was designed by Giuguaro from Ital Design for the 1972 Turin Motor Show. A live model showed up in the Geneva Motor Show in 1973. It was taking the wedge design to the limit, with the slant angle of the front window of only 13 degrees, the sight on your instruments was good, but looking through the front window it was like peeking through a letterbox-flap. The car was sold several times, made road legal, restored over a period of ten years. Auctioned in 2002 it made a staggering $640.000

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#3 2017-07-22 08:47
This is a part of the 1971 Maserati Boomerang, designed by Giugiaro. First präsente das a not fully functional show car in Torino 1971 it was präsentes again, now driveable, at the 1972 Geneva Show. Technically it is based on the Bora. In its last auction sale it was sold for about 3.3 million €. Since 1990 it wears a signature of Giugiaro at the rear end. Giugiaro once said he designed the car using only a ruler. The windscreen angle is only 13 degree.
#2 2017-07-22 07:55
Maserati Boomerang Concept Car by Giorgetto Giugiaro
#1 2017-07-22 03:12
This is Giorgetto Giugiaro's Maserati Boomerang. First shown at Turin in 1971. This prototype would see development as the Maserati Bora. A small store owner in my Denver neighborhood had a Bora a good 15 years ago. Rarely driven, I spotted it curbside late one night at the store front. I drove by extra slow to drink in the lights of the city seen from her liquid black paint.

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