1,266 kilometres from new
1991 Lamborghini LM 002 4x4
Chassis no. ZA9LU45A3LLA12214
One of the most exciting and exclusive off-road vehicles ever conceived, the Lamborghini LM 002 resulted from the marriage of the Countach QV supercars 5.2-litre V12 to a functionally - some would say brutally - styled 4x4, the union resulting in scintillating performance and a top speed in the region of 200km/h. This state-of-the-art engine drove through a five-speed ZF heavy-duty transmission and two-speed reduction gearbox offering a choice of ten speeds and two- or four-wheel drive. Mounted on a tubular steel chassis, the distinctive five-door body was hand made in glassfibre (wings, bonnet, roof) and aluminium (doors) and the LM 002 came equipped in a manner one would expect from one of the worlds foremost supercar manufacturers, with sumptuous leather-trimmed interior and air conditioning as standard.
The LM 002 resulted from a series of stillborn off-road prototypes originally conceived with military use in mind and was first announced in the autumn of 1985, with deliveries commencing the following year.
Customers could specify their own level of equipment ranging from luxurious opulence and one end of the scale to Spartan functionality at the other. To cope with the desert terrain that was assumed to be the LM 002s natural home, Pirelli was commissioned to develop special tyres and came up with the Scorpion, a design available in two different tread patterns (mixed use and sand only) that could be run virtually flat.
It was only natural that such an over the top vehicle would attract wealthy high-profile customers, and the first LM 002 is reputed to have been sold to HRH King Hassan of Morocco. In the USA it became known as the Rambo Lambo for obvious reasons. Derivatives included the LM 003, a diesel-powered military model that never got past the prototype stage, and the LM 004, which used Lamborghinis 7.2-litre V12 engine intended for powerboats.
One of only 328 LM 002s produced between 1986 and 1992, this example has belonged to the same family since the early 1990s, forming part of their collection of fine motor cars. Well maintained, with servicing up to date, the vehicle has covered only 1,266 kilometres from new and is presented in commensurately excellent condition, with damage free black leather interior. Ready to cruise the boulevards of St Tropez or the sands of the Sahara Desert, 12214 represents a rare opportunity to acquire a very fine example of the vehicle likely to retain its unofficial worlds fastest off-roader title well into the foreseeable future. Offered with Spanish registration papers and roadworthiness certificate.