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400 GT Flying Star II

400 GT Flying Star II

By Mark Smeyers on October 20. 2004 in Prototypes.

On the 1966 Turin Auto Show, Touring displayed their latest car, the Flying Star II, this was to be the last car completed by this prestigious firm whose contributions to car design in the last 40 years can't surely be forgotten.

Touring designed and built the Lamborghini 350GT (see entry), the company was founded by Felice Bianchi Anderloni in 1926, but in 1966 it all came to an end, on that year's Turin Auto Show they prepared two new cars; a Fiat 124 convertible, and the Flying Star II, which, just like the 3500 GTZ, was mounted on a 10 cm shortened chassis. The Flying Star II was created by a team led by Carlo Anderloni, son of the founder, the results of this Lamborghini were rather disappointing, the angular lines of the body, together with the controversial roof design, made the car look like a station wagon, it also was very big for only two people with luggage. When it was presented at the Touring factory, the Flying Star II had Borrani wire wheels installed, but on the Turin Auto Show, these were replaced by the brand new Campagnolo cast magnesium wheels.

The Carrozzeria Touring closed shortly after the show and the car was sold. It was acquired by Jacques Quoirez, a Frenchman, and was maintained by the French Lamborghini importer Ciclet, who renewed the entire interior at some time during the car's life. It was shown again to the public in 1987, on the Paris Retromobile.

I've recently received information that a certain Signor Giordanengo has built a replica of this one of a kind exotic, nothing more is known than it is most likely located in Puro Sangue at this time, nothing is sure however !

Lately the original Flying Star II was located in France, it previously was owned by a UK enthusiast who offered it for sale in 1999.

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