Lamborghini Flying Star II

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Lamborghini Flying Star II
Lamborghini Flying Star II Concept front.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerLamborghini, Carrozzeria Touring
Also calledLamborghini 400 GT Flying Star II
Production1966
DesignerCarlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni for Carrozzeria Touring
Body and chassis
Body style2-door shooting-brake
LayoutFR layout
RelatedLamborghini 400 GT
Powertrain
Engine3.9 L Lamborghini V12 engine
Transmission5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Length4,380 mm (172.4 in)
Width1,720 mm (67.7 in)
Height1,200 mm (47.2 in)
Curb weight1,300 kg (2,866 lb)
Chronology
Lamborghini Flying Star II rear view
Lamborghini Flying Star II rear view

The Lamborghini Flying Star II (also named Lamborghini 400 GT Flying Star II) was a one-off concept car built by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera in 1966 on a Lamborghini 400 GT chassis. It debuted at the 1966 Turin Auto Show.[1][2]

In 1966, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera of Milan explored a new design concept. Their long relation with Lamborghini was celebrated with the Flying Star II, a fully functional prototype with a design that was unconventional for the time. It was a two-seater with a very low and compact two-volume shooting brake bodywork, with a hatchback-style rear door.[3] The design team for the Flying Star II was lead by Carlo Anderloni.[4]

The name "Flying Star II" was a reference to the Touring "Flying Star" roadsters of the prewar period, designed by Giuseppe Seregni[3] and built on Isotta Fraschini and Alfa Romeo chassis.[5][6]

The Flying Star was built on the chassis and drive train of the 400 GT production model, sharing its 3.9 L Lamborghini V12 engine, 5 speed manual transmission, fully independent suspension and four wheel disc brakes. The chassis was shortened by 100 millimetres (3.9 in) compared to the production 400 GT.[2][7]

This would be the last design to come out of Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, before the company was revived in 2006 and introduced the A8GCS Berlinetta Touring based on a Maserati drivetrain in 2008.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Learning to Fly: The Lamborghini 400GT Flying Star II by Touring". www.classicdriver.com. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  2. ^ a b Marchet, Jean-François (1985). Lamborghini Espada & the 4-seaters : 350GT, 400GT, Islero, Jarama, Marzal, Espada. London: Osprey Pub. pp. 29, 33. ISBN 0-85045-592-8. OCLC 12806744.
  3. ^ a b Rive Box, Rob de la; Crump, Richard (1981). Lamborghini : the cars from Sant' Agata Bolognese. Crump, Richard. London: Osprey. pp. 21, 72. ISBN 0-85045-408-5. OCLC 8431194.
  4. ^ Smeyers, Mark (20 October 2004). "400 GT Flying Star II". www.lambocars.com. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  5. ^ Easthope, Alex (8 September 2014). "Alfa Romeo 6C 'Flying Star' voted Best of Show at Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance". www.classicdriver.com. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  6. ^ "1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A". RM Sotheby's. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  7. ^ "Lamborghini 400 GT Flying Star II - the SPECIFICATIONS at LamboCARS.com". www.lambocars.com. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 2020-04-17.