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25 July 2015

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Lot 142

1988 Lamborghini LM002

  • Chassis no. ZA9LU45AXJLA12109
  • Body no. 133

Sold for $192,500


444 bhp, 5,167 cc DOHC V-12 engine with six Weber carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension with coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel hydraulic ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 118 in.

  • One of only 301 produced, with very few in the United States
  • Desirable early example with carbureted engine
  • Attractive, unusual colors; 52,000 kilometers from new
  • Recent full servicing
  • A Lamborghini SUV—for the man who has everything


In 1981, the only vehicle that could be found at the intersection of the exotic supercar and the off-road vehicle was Lamborghini’s LM002. It was just as brutish as it was luxurious, and the LM002 found use with a variety of customers, ranging from militaries to Sheiks, as it could be stripped out for professional use or specified with all the luxuries with which Lamborghini’s usual customers were accustomed. Lovingly nicknamed the “Rambo Lambo” for its sheer presence and character, the LM002 was graced with four-wheel drive, seating for four, and more than enough room for luggage, resulting in a vehicle that could go anywhere and make zero compromises.

The LM002’s interior is instantly familiar to anyone who has spent time in a Countach, aside from the obvious addition of rear seats. Wood and leather is abundant, and even though the V-12 sits in front of the driver rather than behind, the exhaust note is still unmistakable, as its engine was sourced from none other than the Countach. Feeding that thirsty V-12 engine was a massive 76-gallon fuel tank, which helped accommodate its 8-mpg fuel consumption. Its performance was extraordinary, as it could complete a 0–60 mph run in just 7.7 seconds, which was incredible considering the LM002’s curb weight was 5,720 pounds!

The LM002 offered here, according to information received from the Lamborghini factory, is an original U.S.-delivery model, completed on March 17, 1988, and delivered on March 29, 1988, through Chrysler Italian Imports of New Jersey. Interestingly enough, it was one of five LM002s that arrived in the United States that same day! Importantly, it was originally built as and remains a desirable carbureted model, and it is still finished in its original color combination of White (LMB 902) over black leather interior.

The present owner notes that a full service has recently been completed, including the installation of a new clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder, extensive detailing, and the installation of correct (and highly difficult to source) Pirelli Scorpion tires. Its original set of tires will accompany the car, along with a list of its recent service work. Its odometer displayed 52,000 kilometers at the time of cataloguing, or about 32,000 miles, from new.

For exclusivity, power, and luxury in an all-terrain vehicle, it is still difficult to beat a Rambo Lambo!

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Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more