14/09/2012 Learning to Fly: The Lamborghini 400GT Flying Star II by Touring
Back in 1966, a ‘shooting brake’ implied muddy fields, gundogs and winter mornings spent in the English countryside. How different, then, was Carrozzeria Touring’s special one-off bodywork on a Lamborghini 400GT, the car displayed at that year’s Turin Motor Show carrying the name ‘Flying Star II’?
Very. In fact, the ultra-low roof and crisp lines of the two-door with hatch-back GT are strangely modern, pre-dating - as they do - the strikingly angular designs of the 1970s. The car looks as up-to-date now as it did then – even more so with its successor, Touring Superleggera’s modern Bentley Continental-based Flying Star, in the background.
After the Turin Show, the Flying Star II was sold to French writer Françoise Sagan’s brother, Jacques Quoirez. It has always been French-registered - though it spent much of its subsequent life in the USA and United Kingdom. It was fully restored by Touring Superleggera's restoration department in 2009.
We caught up with the two Flying Stars and Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of Design at Touring Superleggera, at this year’s Salon Privé, London’s exclusive motoring lifestyle event, when the models were just part of an impressive line-up of significant cars bodied by the great Milanese coachbuilder.
This short video features de Fabribeckers discussing the finer points of the Lamborghini’s design, its relevance to his styling work on the Bentley and, most important of all, what it’s like to drive.