The famous rapper’s ride is finally auctioned off

Tupac may have been killed in 1996, but he is still regarded as a legend in the rap community. That’s probably why his Hummer H1 sold for such an exorbitant amount recently at auction. The 1996 model commanded $337,144 when the gavel fell, making it one of the more expensive H1s in existence.

The military turned civilian H1 fell into Tupac’s mother’s care after his death, after only two months of ownership by Tupac. Apparently, it was driven very little, having only 10,101 mile on the odometer when sold. Beside its low mileage, the H1 features plenty of extras, including off-road lights, a 360-degree spotlight, a grille guard, diamond-plate bumpers, an external PA system with three sirens, and a 12,000-pound winch.

Inside, the H1 sports burled wood with beige leather seats. A 12-disc CD changer and Sony GPS system are telltale signs of its mid-1990s origins. Of course, the interior also features power windows and door locks, and controls for the central tire inflation system. The CTIS offers the driver complete control over tire pressure from inside the cab, allowing him to air down when heading off road. After wheeling is done, an on-board air compressor allows for road-going tire pressure to be achieved – all by pushing a dash-mounted button.

What’s more, the H1 came with plenty of authenticity and memorabilia, including two copies of the vehicle’s registration information listing Tupac as the original owner, a copy of the affidavit for transfer to his mother, and a license plate that reads “YAKNPAK,” reffering to the late rapper Yaki ”Prince” Kadafi and Tupac. There’s also promotional cassettes for Michael Jackson’s Thriller and 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me.

“It’s an incredible piece of hip-hop history that evokes the invincible spirit of one of rap’s true lyrical giants,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. “We are thrilled at the price achieved and with the continued success of our specialty themed auctions.”

There’s no word on who actually sold the H1, but we’re assuming it was Tupac’s mom, Afeni Shakur, is who put the vehicle up for auction.

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Why It Matters

Tupac Shakur's Hummer H1 Sold For $337,144
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It’s amazing how much money people are willing to spend when it comes to celebrity memorabilia. Granted, the H1 is only growing in value these days, with pristine examples well exceeding $100,000. If we lean towards the conservative side, that means the buyer paid an additional $237,144 to have this particular H1.

Nevertheless, it’s clear the buyer drove away with plenty to be proud of – a nearly brand new H1 with history to boot, and copied of promotional cassette tapes that are probably worth their weight in diamonds.

Mark McNabb
Mark McNabb was a contributor at TopSpeed from 2013 to 2018. Growing up, Mark always had a mind for tinkering on random items throughout his home and dad’s garage, including a 1953 Ford Mainline and 1971 Corvette Stingray.  Read full bio
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