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Anyone ever hear of the Lamborghini LM002 (made from `86-`93)? It's a 4X4 off-roader that looks like a little brother to the Hummer H1. This thing is SWEET !!!

Lovingly dubbed the "Rambo-Lambo", approximately 300 vehicles are thought to have been built. Originally, the project began in 1977 with a prototype vehicle codenamed the "Cheetah" Which, is the actual version that inspired Hasbro to create the V.A.M.P. Lamborghini had designed in hopes of selling it to the US military. The original Cheetah prototype had a rear-mounted Chrysler V8 engine. The prototype was destroyed during testing by the US military. This led Lamborghini to develop the LM001, which was very similar to the Cheetah, but had an AMC V8 engine. It was finally determined that the engine being mounted in the rear caused too many unfavorable handling characteristics in an off-road vehicle, and the LMA002 was built with an entirely new chassis, moving the engine (now the V12 out of the Countach) to the front. After much testing and altering of the prototype, it was finally given a serial number and became the first LM002.

For more information on the Lamborghini LM002 check out:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamborghini_LM002

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The "real-life" Vamp sits at the Fort Lewis Military Museum just outside of Tacoma Washington.

Uncanny resemblance to the toy vehicle. I mean it is REALLY the toy vehicle in almost all respects.

 

Almost took pics the last time I was there a few years back.

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The "real-life" Vamp sits at the Fort Lewis Military Museum just outside of Tacoma Washington.

Uncanny resemblance to the toy vehicle. I mean it is REALLY the toy vehicle in almost all respects.

 

Almost took pics the last time I was there a few years back.

 

What is it?

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The "real-life" Vamp sits at the Fort Lewis Military Museum just outside of Tacoma Washington.

Uncanny resemblance to the toy vehicle. I mean it is REALLY the toy vehicle in almost all respects.

 

Almost took pics the last time I was there a few years back.

 

What is it?

 

IIRC, its a early prototype of the Hummer, and a followup to the Jeep/MUTT vehicles. Its from the mid 70's. I think its the FMC XR-311 or something......

http://brochures.slosh.com/hmmwv/fmcprototypexr311.jpg

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It was under serious consideration as a recce,troop,utility,gun jeep etc vehicle for the US Army.

 

There is also a civilian version that had a short lifespan on the markets too.

 

Making a Vamp into a 4 seater sounds interesting though.Means an extension job though :D

 

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The "real-life" Vamp sits at the Fort Lewis Military Museum just outside of Tacoma Washington.

Uncanny resemblance to the toy vehicle. I mean it is REALLY the toy vehicle in almost all respects.

 

Almost took pics the last time I was there a few years back.

 

What is it?

 

IIRC, its a early prototype of the Hummer, and a followup to the Jeep/MUTT vehicles. Its from the mid 70's. I think its the FMC XR-311 or something......

http://brochures.slosh.com/hmmwv/fmcprototypexr311.jpg

 

Looks like that thing DX was riding in when they invaded Nitro during the Monday Night Wars.

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