Circa 15,000 miles from new,1987 Lamborghini  LM 002 '4x4'  Chassis no. ZA9L00000HLA12054
Lot 311
1987 Lamborghini LM 002 '4x4'
Registration no. D149 ELN Chassis no. ZA9L00000HLA12054
Sold for £84,380 (US$ 140,012) inc. premium
Lot Details
Circa 15,000 miles from new
1987 Lamborghini LM 002 '4x4'
Registration no. D149 ELN
Chassis no. ZA9L00000HLA12054

Footnotes

  • One of the most exciting and exclusive off-road vehicles ever conceived, the Lamborghini LM 002 resulted from the marriage of the Countach QV supercar's 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 125mph (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 world's 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 002's 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. Formula 1 World Champion the late Ayrton Senna was another high-profile owner, commissioning an LM 002 complete with estate car-type rear enclosure. In the USA the vehicle 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 Lamborghini's 7.2-litre V12 engine intended for powerboats.

    One of only 328 LM 002s produced between 1986 and 1992, this example first belonged to Italian racing driver Mario Ricci. An active competitor in Italian national and international sports car races from around 1949 to 1956, Ricci took part in the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and Carrera Panamericana, achieving his best result in the latter in 1953 when he shared a Ferrari 375MM with Umberto Maglioli and Forese Salvati, finishing 6th. Ricci owned a number of other Lamborghinis including a Countach, a Diablo and Senna-style LM 002, which he commissioned for use in his South African game park. After Ricci's death in 2001, his two LM 002s were purchased by the current vendor, a family friend and Lamborghini collector, though it would be 2006 before the South African authorities agreed to them being exported. With so many cars in his collection, Ricci used each of them only infrequently, and this LM 002 has covered only 24,000 kilometres (approximately 14,900 miles) from new. Accompanying paperwork consists of sundry invoices, current MoT certificate and V5C registration document. Ready to cruise the boulevards of St Tropez or the sands of the Sahara Desert, this original and un-restored represents a rare opportunity to acquire a fine example of the vehicle likely to retain its unofficial 'world's fastest off-roader' title well into the foreseeable future.
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