Open Roads, The European Summer Auction | Lot 228
1991 Lamborghini LM002
€270,000 - €320,000 EUR
| Karlskron, Germany
14 - 22 July 2020
- Showing 3,957 km, believed to be original
- One of just 328 LM002s ever produced
- Entirely unrestored; original red paint over black leather interior
- Offered with manuals and leather folio
Please note that this lot will need to be collected in Karlskron, Germany.
The Lamborghini LM002 began life in 1977 as the Cheetah, as the company sought to land a lucrative U.S. military contract which would eventually go to the Hummer H1. After a series of prototypes, the combination of the Countach QV 5.2-liter V-12 and a functionally designed "4×4" chassis resulted in the ultra-macho military-esque vehicle that was capable of racing across the desert at a top speed of 200 mph.
In the early 1980s, "Brute Utes" were a novelty, and the LM002 caught on in both military and civilian versions. Offered here is one of the civilian versions that was launched in Brussels in 1986. Despite its "Rambo Lambo" reputation, the interior of the LM002 was all Lamborghini: trimmed with fine leather and wood and fitted with a stereo and air conditioning as standard. Of course, it would not do to have an SUV that merely looked the part. The LM002 could sprint from 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds, which was incredible considering a curb weight of 5,720 lbs. Seen on the LM002 offered here are the specially commissioned Pirelli-developed Scorpion tires. With a price tag of an incredible $1,600 each, the run-flat Scorpions were available in two tread patterns, one developed solely for sand. Imagine the sheer exhilaration one would feel driving an LM002 across the sands at speed.
A low-mileage example, this LM002 has remained virtually untouched. The Lamborghini was first sold to Germany in December of 1991. Almost exactly six years later, the LM002 was sold on to its second owner, who purchased the vehicle as a gift for his brother in law. The third and final owner, the brother in law registered the Lamborghini in February of 1998.
With its aggressive styling, impressive power plant, and luxurious interior, it is safe to say the LM002 remains a highly sought-after collector car. One of only 328 produced, this sparingly driven LM002 is ready for anything, on or off road.