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  Lamborghini 4000 GT Touring Flying Star II
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1966
Numbers built:1
Introduced at:1966 Turin Motor Show
Designed by:Touring
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:October 07, 2013
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Click here to download printer friendly versionSon of company founder Felice Bianchi Anderloni and chief designer, Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni started with a clean sheet in order to create a thoroughly modern design. Built on a shortened 400 GT chassis, the 'Flying Star II' boasted angular lines and an unusual 'shooting brake' extended rear end. Among the few things carried over from the existing Lamborghini design were the headlights, be it fitted under large glass covers. Unlike the 2+2 400 GT in production at the time, the Flying Star II was a pure two-seater, although the Shooting Brake could have easily accommodated a second row of seats.

With the exception of the 10 cm reduction in wheelbase, the rest of the underpinnings were identical to the Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2. The chassis was a straightforward steel tubular platform with double wishbone suspension on all four corners. The heart of the car was a four-litre V12 engine, breathing through six vertical Weber carburettors. This all aluminium engine produced around 320 bhp, which was transferred to the rear wheels through a five-speed gearbox. As the 400 GT 2+2 featured a steel body, the Flying Star II was actually considerably lighter than the production model.

Along with a one-off Fiat 124 Spider, the Flying Star II was launched at the 1966 Turin Motor Show. It received a mixed reception and sadly, a renewed contract with Lamborghini did not materialise. Having used the company's final resources to create the Flying Star II, Touring ceased operating soon after. That makes the one-off Lamborghini the last car built by one of Italy's most famous carrozzerie. In recent years, a new company was launched using the Touring Superleggera name, specialising in redesigning and modifying modern cars as well as restoring classic cars.

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