- Rare model
- Extraordinary size and performance
- Superb condition
In Lamborghini's range of sports cars - each more outstanding than the last - the LM002 stood out as a curious exception. In fact, it was a response to a bid for tender by the American Army, for a vehicle able to transport men and equipment at speed. Lamborghini presented its Cheetah model, or LM001, but when this was turned down by the Army, the Italian car maker decided to make use of its development work to produce a civilian version. And so it was that one of the most outrageous 4WD vehicles of its time came about, a forerunner to the quickest SUVs of today. Fitted with a four-door pick-up body, the car received the 450 bhp V12 engine from the Countach 5000, mated to a part-time four-wheel drive transmission.
Finished in white (Biancolmb 902), the example we are offering is in exceptional condition. A certificate from Lamborghini confirms that it is the 19th LM002 built, making it a sought-after carburettor version. It was delivered new in Switzerland in 1986, where it had only two owners before being exported to Germany in 1996. Its second German owner sold it to our collector, who was won over by its fine original condition in 2013, when it had covered 54,500 km. Keen to enjoy driving it to the full, he had a thorough overhaul carried out by his usual Italian specialist Top Motors of Nonantola, during which the tyres, clutch and engine ECU were replaced. The fuel tanks were removed to ensure they were perfectly sealed.
The red leather interior is worthy of the finest luxury cars, with heater ducts to the rear and a roof-mounted stereo. With fewer than 56,000 km now recorded, the car still has its service manual and is fitted with the optional winch mounted on the front bumper. Only 301 examples of the LM002 were built: already rare, it is even less common to find one in this condition. As such, it is assuredly a capable and original car which offers a level of performance that remains current today.
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