Sold for $176,000 at 2015 Gooding & Company. Lamborghini has a history that is built upon a legacy of exotic, mid-engine supercars. In the 1980s, the firm tested the luxury, all-terrain vehicle market and the potential to apply it to military-grade applications. The idea was pioneered in 1977 with the Lamborghini Cheetah prototype with the hopes of securing a US Army contract. The rear-engined, one-off prototype showed promise but it was too exotic for the American military.
In 1981, at the Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini unveiled a further design study based on the Cheetah, the LM001. The LM001 also had a rear-engine placement, and consequently suffered in handling and rear interior space. Lamborghini's principal, Patrick Mimran, assigned ex-Maserati engineer Giulio Alfieri to design a new concept that would address these short-comings. The result of his work made its debut in 1982. It was coded with serial number LM0002 and utilized the same V-12 engine from the Countach. With a front-engined layout, it had better handling and weight distribution, and allowed the rear cabin to be properly trimmed for six passengers. It rode on specially designed Pirelli Scorpion run-flat tires and was fitted with an early GPS navigation system.
The LM002 was officially introduced in production form at the Brussels Motor Show. It was a rugged SUV fitted with a broad array of luxuries, including leather interior, tinted windows, a high-fidelity sound system, and air-conditioning. Production continued through 1993 with just 328 examples produced.
This particular LM002 has seen limited use during its existence. It has been well maintained by a New York-based Lamborghini collector over the past seven years prior to acquisition by the current caretaker. It has its original Acapulco Blue paint and gray leather interior with wood accents. In 2011, Valentino Balboni signed the car's dashboard.
This SUV has is factory-optioned toolbox, tonneau, and owner's manual. Power is from a 5167cc dual overhead cam V-12 engine fitted with six Weber carburetors. The 455 horsepower produced by the engine is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. At all four corners are ventilated disc brakes. By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2015
Sold for $192,500 at 2015 RM Auctions. The Lamborghini LM002 was brutal and luxurious, and found its way into the care of various customers, serving many different purposes, from military to civilian duties. It could be stripped out for professional use or specified with many luxuries that Lamborghini customers were accustomed. The LM002 was given four-wheel drive, seating for four, and more than enough room for luggage. Wood and leather is abundant. The V12 engine sits in front of the driver rather than behind and that powerplant was sourced from the Countach. The powerful and massive engine is fed by a 76-gallon fuel tank which helps accommodate its 8 MPG fuel consumption. Zero-to-sixty is accomplished in a mere 7.7 seconds.
This particular example is an original U.S. delivery model that was completed on March 17th of 1988. It was delivered on March 29 of 1988 through Chrysler Italian Imports of New Jersey. It was one of five LM002s that arrived in the United States that same day.
This is an original carbureted model that is still finished in its original color combination of White (LMB 902) over black leather interior. It rides on Pirelli Scorpion tires and has 52,000 kilometers on its odometer. By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2015
The Lamborghini LM002 was built from 1986 through 1993 with 301 units being produced. Lamborghini is known and respected for their exotic vehicles that are as stylish as they are fast. The SUV codenamed 'Cheetah' was a project that began in 1977 and designed to be sold to the United States Military. A Chrysler V8 engine was used in the prototype 'Cheetah' but the production versions were outfitted with a V-12, courtesy of the Lamborghini Countach. The original Cheetah prototype was destroyed by the US military during testing. The Cheetah project was short lived. Production on the LM001 began in 1981. This was the second attempt at creating a four-wheel drive, rear-mounted engine, all-terrain vehicle. The LM001 was powered by a twelve-cylinder powerplant and first displayed to the public at the 1981 Geneva Auto Show. The LM002, also known as the LMA, was introduced a year later featuring the engine in the front. Production finally began in 1986, albeit with many changes.
The final sixty units of the LM002 were dubbed the LM/American and introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in 1992. This special series had stripes, badging, upgraded interior, chrome bumpers, ground effects, and MSW / OZ Racing wheels.
The sixty-degree, 5167 cc., twelve-cylinder front-engine was capable of producing nearly 450 horsepower and 368 foot-pounds of torque. The transmission was a ZF S5-24/3 5-speed manual gearbox with a two-speed transfer case and manual locking hubs. The clutch was a single dry plate unit that was hydraulically operated. The chassis was tubular, the body was aluminum and fiberglass, and the suspension was independent, coil springs with telescopic shock absorbers. The fuel tank could hold 76 gallons of fuel. The drive system was part-time four-wheel drive. With a top speed of nearly 120 mph, the 5700 pound vehicle was not designed to break any land-speed records. These all-terrain vehicles provided seating for four and luxurious amenities such as leather and air conditioning.
Muammar al-Qaddafi, Libya's leader, reportedly purchased one-hundred of the LM002 for use in the Libyan military.
A single prototype LM003 was produced, powered by a 3-liter, turbo-diesel, six-cylinder engine. Using a quad-cam, twelve-cylinder Lamborghini engine producing 420 horsepower, the LM004 was created. This was a short-lived series with only a few being produced. In 1992, production for the Lamborghini all-terrain vehicle came to a close. By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2007
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