Blisko pięciometrowy, trzytonowy, napędzany silnikiem V12 potwór z napędem na cztery koła był sensacją podczas Salonu Samochodowego w Brukseli w 1986 roku. Geneza powstania Lamborghini LM002 sięga prototypu Cheetah zbudowanego w 1977 roku dla wojska. Przetarg przegrano, ale projekt otrzymał nowe, cywilne życie, w postaci 328 zbudowanych pojazdów w latach 1986-1993. LM002 otrzymał silnik V12 z modelu Countach, podwozie z rur stalowych, pokryte panelami z aluminium i włókna szklanego, z typowo luksusowym wnętrzem Lamborghini, ze skórzaną tapicerką, klimatyzacją i elektrycznie sterowanymi szybami. Pięciobiegowa skrzynia ZF przekazywała moc 444 KM na dwa albo cztery koła, osiągi były spektakularne, podobnie jak i spalanie, które pomagał znieść zbiornik paliwa o pojemności 290 litrów. Prezentowany egzemplarz to wczesna, gaźnikowa wersja. LM002 całe swoje życie spędził w Szwajcarii, ma udokumentowaną historię serwisową i powłokę lakierniczą położoną w 2019 roku. Auto licytowane 15 czerwca w Mediolanie, sprzedało się za ponad 393 tys. euro (ok. 1,8 mln złotych).
MILAN | LOT 106
1988 LAMBORGHINI LM002
€225,000 – €275,000 EUR
Italy | Italy
15 June 2021
Chassis No. ZA9L00000JLA12103
Documents French Certificat d’Immatriculation
One of only 328 LM002s produced between 1986 and 1993
Desirable early production, carburettor-engined version
Originally delivered to Lausanne, Switzerland-based Lamborghini agent Codeco S.A.
Fully resprayed in its original exterior colour of dark blue in 2019
Please note the title is being amended to reflect the correct chassis number and will follow post-sale
Few could have anticipated the imposing yet incongruous sight of a six-foot-tall, near three ton, V-12-powered, four-wheel drive behemoth at the 1986 Brussels Auto Show – much less one appearing on the Lamborghini stand. But then Lamborghini was never one to follow convention or perceived wisdom, and rarely has this free-thinking approach been embodied more succinctly than with the company’s fantastically idiosyncratic LM002.
In fact, its genesis stretched back as far as the ill-fated Chrysler V-8-powered Cheetah military vehicle of 1977, the failure of which led Lamborghini – with hindsight, somewhat optimistically – to reason that a four-cam V-12-powered derivative might be more attractive to U.S. or Middle East-based armed forces instead. Eventually, and reluctantly, accepting that accessing the defence market was somewhat fanciful, the company pressed a civilian version of the vehicle into limited production, with some 328 being constructed between 1986 and 1993.
Powered by a suitably adapted version of the mighty Countach engine, the LM002 featured a tubular steel chassis clad with aluminium and fibreglass panels, boasting a typically luxurious Lamborghini interior including full leather trim, air conditioning and electric windows. A five-speed ZF gearbox transmitted the engine’s generous 444 bhp to the road, whilst switchable two- and four-wheel drive ensured that all road surfaces and environments were adequately catered for. Performance was spectacular for a vehicle of such size, mass and rudimentary aerodynamics, with 60 mph achieved in under eight seconds and a top speed of 118 mph – although a fuel tank of some 290 litres hinted at its prodigious thirst.
Dubbed the “Rambo Lambo” by legendary American writer Brock Yates in his October 1987 road test for Car and Driver magazine, and described by him not entirely inaccurately as “the closest thing to a street-legal Tiger Tank”, LM002s found favour across the whole gamut of the rich and famous. Indeed, it is unlikely that there are any other cars in history which have simultaneously been enjoyed by clientele as diverse as Keke Rosberg, Malcolm Forbes, and Tina Turner.
Delivered new to Lausanne-based Lamborghini Distributor Codeco S.A. on 21 March 1988, the International Lamborghini Register lists chassis 12103 as having been originally finished in dark blue with champagne leather interior, and being powered by a carburettor version of Lamborghini’s magnificent L510 engine. The vehicle remained in Switzerland for the early part of its life – its mighty powerplant having been rebuilt at Lamborghini Lausanne in 1996 according to a prior sales advertisement. It was purchased by Parisian Charles-Antoine Roucayrol in 2006 and re-registered with the local licence number 771 QZE 75. In 2009 the engine was overhauled and in 2012 the differential was serviced, invoices for both are on file.
Acquired by the vendor subsequently, chassis 12103 is beautifully presented in its original colour scheme with contrasting red Lamborghini Taurus symbols and lettering. The recipient of a total respray in 2019, this giant of Lamborghini history – both physically and metaphorically – is ready to enthrall its fortunate new owner once again, simultaneously exerting its considerable presence wherever it goes.