1991 Lamborghini LM002

 

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 V12 to a functionally — some would say brutally — styled 4×4, the union resulting in scintillating performance and a top speed in the region of 200 km/h (124 mph). This state-of-the-art engine drove through a 5-speed ZF heavy-duty transmission and two-speed reduction gearbox that offered a choice of 10 speeds and two- or four-wheel drive.

Mounted on a tubular steel chassis, the distinctive 5-door body was handmade in fiberglass (wings, bonnet, roof) and aluminum (doors). 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 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 at 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 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 LM002 is reputed to have been sold to HRH King Hassan of Morocco.

In the United States, it became known as the “Rambo Lambo” for obvious reasons. 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-liter V12 engine intended for powerboats.

One of only 328 LM002s produced between 1986 and 1992, this example has belonged to the same family since the early 1990s, forming part of their collection of fine motorcars. Well maintained, with servicing up to date, the vehicle has covered only 1,266 kilometers (786 miles) 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 “world’s fastest off-roader” title well into the foreseeable future.