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-litre 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 fibreglass fenders, hood and roof, while the doors were fabricated in aluminium.
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-litre 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.
With a warranted mileage of only 21,450 kms from new, this LM002, finished in black, presents itself in superb overall condition. Having purchased the car from a German Lamborghini dealership in 1993, where it served as a demonstrator, the now vendor is its only private owner to this day.
The car was only used by him in the dry area of south Spain, where he owns a property. Of course it was serviced appropriately as such a car should and today it drives and looks very presentable. This now very sought after Lamborghini model of which only 241 were produced is finished in gleaming black with black leather interior and seating piped in red. The whole interior presents itself with a beautiful wooden dashboard and wood applicants in near new condition. Factory equipped with the V12 engine from the Lamborghini Countach LP 5000 S, this really is an exceptional car.
The LM002 comes with German registration documents and a condition and valuation report in the cars file.