One of the most exciting and exclusive off-road vehicles ever conceived, the Lamborghini LM002 resulted from the marriage of the Countach QV supercar’s 5.2-liter V-12 to a functionally – some would say brutally – styled ‘4×4’, 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 featured handmade fiber glass fenders, hood and roof, while the doors were fabricated in aluminum.
The LM002 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 LM002 resulted from a series of stillborn off-road prototypes originally conceived with military use in mind. First announced in the autumn of 1985 – then unveiled at the 1986 Brussels Auto Show – with deliveries commencing the following year, customers could specify their own level of equipment ranging from luxurious opulence on one end of the scale to Spartan functionality at the other. To cope with the desert terrain that was assumed to be the LM002’s natural home, Pirelli was commissioned to develop special tires 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. A massive 290-liter gas tank ensured long-range touring abilities.
It was only natural that such an ‘over the top’ vehicle would attract wealthy high-profile customers – the first LM002 is reputed to have been sold to HRH King Hassan of Morocco. The late Formula 1 World Champion Ayrton Senna was another high-profile owner, commissioning an LM002 complete with an estate car-type rear enclosure.
The LM002 became known as the ‘Rambo Lambo’ in the US for obvious reasons and saw worldwide production of just 328 examples. Derivatives included the LM003, a diesel-powered military model that never got past the prototype stage, and the LM004, which used Lamborghini’s 7.2-litre V12 engine intended for powerboats. Arguably, the LM002 is the most collectible sport utility vehicle ever produced.
One of a mere 241 LM 002s produced between 1986 and 1992, chassis number ‘12236’ is one of the last 50 produced and was supplied new believed to Poland. Marque specialists, Lamborghini Wycombe bought the car in September 2005 and subjected it to a full rebuild at considerable cost. Purchased in November 2005, ‘12236’ was extensively serviced again early in 2006 prior to participating in that year’s Gumball Rally, which took in Europe, Thailand and the USA. Following that gruelling event the car returned to Lamborghini Wycombe for a full service, engine overhaul, comprehensive engine bay detailing, exhaust system and much more besides, which was completed in September 2007. Five new tyres have also been fitted.
Described to be in excellent condition all round, this beautiful beast boasts a recorded mileage of a mere 27,975 and invoices included in the history file total £57,000. Supplied with a new MOT, what a way to have some fun and turn some heads whilst driving around anywhere in the world.