LM002: The Most Lamborghini Lamborghini, Even Though It Wasn’t a Lambo — Jason Cammisa Revelations

The Lamborghini didn't start as a Lamborghini at all.
It wasn't much of a Lamborghini at the end.
And yet, if it's the task of a Lamborghini to be outrageous, it's really one of the most Lamborghini ever.

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The , nicknamed the Rambo Lambo at the time, ultimately made it onto Time Publication's list of the Worst Cars of All Time. But that had nothing to do with the truck itself.

In truth, the truck itself had little to do with Lamborghini– conceived as a task to keep the Sant' Agata factory running while the company that Ferruccio built combated to fend off personal bankruptcy. The story behind the development is astonishing: originally developed as the XR311 by two males while working for Food Machinery Corporation (FMC), they approached the Italian supercar manufacturer for help in building the off-road car as a quote to produce it for a U.S. federal government contract.

Establishing their own business, Movement Technology Included, or MTI, the guys constructed a prototype in California, which Lamborghini then required to the Geneva Motor Program as a Lamborghini .

What took place next was a series of lawsuits, incidents, misappropriation of funds, and the derailment of the task, resulting in Lamborghini;'s bankruptcy. The business's hero was a 20-something French billionaire, who made the decision to set up a and a glamorous interior, and offer the Lamborghini Militaria lorry to the Jet Set.

And the car itself? It's much more interesting.

Stay tuned for this incredible history lesson on the remarkable story behind the Lamborghini , , LM1, and .

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LM002: The Most Lamborghini Lamborghini, Even Though It Wasn't a Lambo — Jason Cammisa Revelations

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  1. Nothing screams 80s excess like a V12 powered military grade truck with leather seats and a built-in telephone that gets 6 miles per gallon.

    1. @@j.d.8593That would mean it would drive about 14 miles on its 80 some gallons.😂 sounds about right.

    1. I know! Hahahhaa it took me HOW long to finally pull THAT one off! [And convince Anthony that it actually added to the story.] Just wait, I snuck the e-Golf into the next episode, too! Muhahahaha!

    2. @@JasonCammisa that’s when you leverage the “Guys, it’s JUST YOUTUBE, I’m telling a story here!” even tho these are legit masterpieces of video.

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    1. More fun facts.

      It was marketed the first production 4×4 to hit 100kph on sand (I’m old enough to remember the newspaper ads “in Arabic” 😂)

      The Pirelle’s had kevlar weave in them

      I believe Al Qadafi also had a bunch of them for the Libyan army.

      And i wish someone would Restomod one with a new drivetrain !

    1. I bought a Tamiya Frog in the late ’80s. The spider gears in the diff kept popping out of the keeper. It was an expensive PITA.

    2. The really just sat on the boundary line watching the dumpster fire, all the while selling t-shirts saying “I was here”

  2. I saw and admired my first LM002 on the Pacific Hiway (near SeaTac Airport Federal Way, Washington in June of 1993.
    I was with my friend Benjamin Barr after a D.E.C.A. Competition within our Senior Year of High School.
    While I was driving my 1978 Metalic Brown Ford Fairmont Sedan, I spotted this beautiful Red Bohemeth parked at a “Drinking Hole” and pulled over…
    As we were gawking, the owner came out and offered us a personal tour of this fabulous rig with kindness.
    At the time I had posters of VECTOR, TESTOROSSAS, and 25th Anniversary Countaches on my bedroom walls, but the patience and courtesy this owner had with 18yo boys is still instilled in me.
    Thank you, random LM002 owner!

  3. I remember as a kid reading that you could order your LM002 with an optional .50 cal machine gun mount in the truck bed from the factory. A badass truck for badass people.

  4. Finding out that Tina Turner took the time to yank out a 500E drivetrain into an LM002 is cool as hell ngl

  5. A friend of mine had a pea green LM, back in 87. It was epic in period. There was nothing like it. I remember sitting in the back of a Ur Quattro that was being driven spiritedly. All I could see in the rear window was the Lambos grill. We couldn’t shake the bugger off!

  6. The good ol’ floppy disk game called Stunts taught me about the LM002 and the XJ220 in the early 90s. Good times!

    1. The two cars that I played the most on Stunts were the LM002 and the Porsche 962. Actually, until recently, I only knew of the LM002 from the game.

  7. I thought I knew everything about this car, but that Tina went to such lengths to put a slushbox in it, that was a surprise. And you even found footage of her driving it. Wow!

    1. The question now becomes, who is (or was for Ms Turner) the bigger singing car nerd with music legend status – Tina Turner, or Kelly Rowlands?

  8. Cammisa and crew making the best automotive content on YouTube….or anywhere else in the world. The writing, the cinematography, the editing, the comedy…..Best in the business.

  9. I had a poster of all the lambos, hand drawn, hanging up in my room in the 90s. The cheetah was always the sore thumb sticking out but I had no idea it had such story behind it! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Back in February, 1988, I was working at the Calgary Olympics with Nakiska Ski Resort and the IOC. One day His Royal Highness Prince Albert of Monaco showed up driving the LM002. He was there to compete for Monaco in the Bobsleigh competition. I was lucky to sit in the driver’s seat for a few minutes and was enthralled. Several hours later, the LM002 failed to start after sitting in -6 C temperature. It left on a flatbed truck later… I have only seen a couple since at car events, never being driven.

  11. Little-known fact: while engine and chassis were made by Lamborghini themselves, the bodywork was made in northern Spain by a Basque coachbuilder with their roots in bus making, Irizar (you’ll see plenty of Irizar-badged buses on the road to this day in Europe).
    Fond memories of reading about this beast back in the day and drooling over it as a teenager, loved listening to that V12 soundtrack!

  12. A supercar dealer in our town had one of these about 25 years ago. We asked if we could make a small joyride with it as it looked so extremely exotic. He was happy about anybody being interested in the weird thing, so we got it for the afternoon. Back then it was about the price of a new medium engined BMW 3 Series. It drove like a traktor, the stickshift was extremely clunky and the acceleration was very slow (we didn’t know about the kickdown back then), but the sound was insane. It was a golden one.

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