There’s no question that crossovers and SUVs are in great demand. The market trend gives automakers no choice but to include these types of vehicles in their portfolios.
Even luxury marques can’t skip the growing segment despite the fact that producing big cars might go against their original style a little bit.
All of these automakers seem to be pretty fast in responding to petrolheads’ needs for big, classy vehicles. But decades ago, long before the SUV craze assumes the globe, another luxury brand had actually tried to jump-start the competition.
It was Lamborghini that launched its first off-roader – the LM001 – way back in 1981. The vehicle inherited the DNA of the company’s Cheetah prototype that was built for military use in 1977.
As the Cheetah didn’t seem to be well liked, it ultimately fizzled out. Then Lamborghini commenced the LM001 project as the prototype’s continuation, but even that also ended up as nothing but a failure.
The Italian brand still didn’t quit its ambition to break into the off-road market, though. This was where the LM002 came in and turned the tide.
The model broke cover at the 1986 Brussels Motor Show and instantly attracted the attention of many before making its way into production.
Recently, a well-maintained copy has popped up in the RM Sotheby’s website and is scheduled to go under the hammer on December 10. The car is expected to fetch from $200,000 to $250,000.
This particular LM002 left the factory floor in June 1991. Its current owner bought the machine in early 2014 but rarely drove it. Now it has just 8,931 kilometers (5,549 miles) on the clock.
The car got its current color after being repainted in 2014. The owner replaced its clutch and flywheel in 2020, but it still rides on the original 8-spoke OZ Route wheels shod with Pirelli Scorpion tires.
Now available again in good condition, the Lamborghini LM002 is waiting for any classic Lambo lover who is ready to adopt it.