June 16, 2010

Give Me Genesis!

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Here's the thing: Bertone created this Lamborghini 455hp V12-powered, Chrysler-automatic-transmissioned, gullwing minivan concept car for the Turin Auto Show in 1988, the year the legendary Lamborghini LM002 SUV went into production.

Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, starring Chrysler spokesmodel Ricardo Montalban, came out in 1982. Star Trek III: The Search For Spock came out in 1984. There is no way you can convince me that meetings in the Bertone conference room did not include the phrase, "You want Genesis? I'll give you Genesis!"

Alas, Chrysler, which owned Lamborghini at the time, failed the minivan version of the Kobayashi Maru test, Kirsty Ally ended up on Cheers, and Montalban was left selling gravel from the West Bank on latenight TV. The Bertone Genesis is now a painful symbol of the minivan world that might have been.

The Lamborghini-Engined Gullwing Minivan [jalopnik via dt senior minivan correspondent jj daddy-o]
Previously: Rambo Lambo for the Fambo: the Sultan of Brunei's LM002 Wagon

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