Mil-Spec Automotive Revives the Hummer H1
While it failed as a brand as soon as it launched the H3, Hummer became an iconic brand with the H1. Produced by AM General from 1992 until 2006, the H1 is still regarded as one of the best off-road, military-based civilian vehicles ever built. 12 years have passed since it was discontinued, and the H1 returns as a restomod vehicle by Mil-Spec.
2006 Hummer H2
The Hummer H2 was the poster child for GM and the era when body-on-frame SUVs conquered the automotive scene. It was the 2003 model year when the H2 got its start. Things stayed relatively unchanged for the majority of the H2’s existence, save for a drivetrain and interior update in 2008. Sadly, GM stopped production of the H2 midway through the 2009 model year before completely killing the Hummer division in 2010 amid financial woes and the “Great Recession.”
The 2006 model year represents the midway point in the H2’s existence. It also represents the beginning of the end, with sales spiraling downward at a breakneck pace towards ruin. Just over 17,000 H2s were purchased in 2006, a far cry from the 53,000 H2s sold before the end of 2003.
Nevertheless, the H2 soldiered on in bold fashion. Its squared jaw, big V-8 power and rugged suspension kept it highly regarded by off-road enthusiasts and Hollywood personalities. It was the SUV to have and everyone wanted the H2, whether they bought one or not.
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Tupac Shakur’s Hummer H1 Sold For $337,144
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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General Motors has announced it is recalling nearly 200,000 Hummer H3 and H3T SUVs and trucks due to a faulty connector to the HVAC system’s blower motor. Reports indicate the connection can overheat and could potentially start a fire if the blower motor is ran at its medium or high settings for an extended time.
There are reports of at least 42 fires related to the blower motor connector and at least three occupants have received minor burns. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also looking into the incident since it has received complaints dating back to 2009.
The GM-headed recall covers more than 196,000 H3 and H3Ts from 2006 through 2010 – which is basically the entire lifespan of the vehicle. Hummer H3Ts were produced in 2009 and 2010 only, but are included in the recall as well. Roughly 165,000 of those Hummers are located inside the U.S. with the remainder located globally.
GM has not mentioned extending this recall to the first-generation Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks though the vehicles share many of the same components.
As with all recalls, owners can have their vehicles serviced at a dealership at no cost to them. Owners will soon be contacted about having the recall serviced and GM says it will replace the connector and the wiring harness to the HVAC blower motor.
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The Internet’s favorite ex-Ferrari owner and car guy Doug DeMuro has bought another car. But rather than another Ferrari like his 360 Modena, he bought a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser. While there’s not many reasons why anyone should buy a PT Cruiser, Doug’s reasoning is pretty solid. He’s going to crush it with his Hummer H1 – the vehicle he really bought.
Before all the metal crushing takes place, he gives the PT an honest review – but with a twist. Anything that needs fixing or improvement gets immediate attention. The updates come by both a paintbrush and a hammer. You’ll get the idea as you watch.
Finally the time comes for the smashing conclusion. Turns out Doug and his friends have to buy a second car, a lovely Saturn sedan, to act as the other half of his Hummer ramp. Without spoiling the video, the destruction is somehow satisfying to watch. The breaking glass and crunching metal is viewed from multiple angles and with plenty of sound. It’s a fitting use for a car that was already hobbling on its last leg. Thanks for the entertainment, Doug.
The rumblings of GMC possibly building a Jeep Wrangler competitor appears to be gaining traction as the Wall Street Journal now reports the GM division has asked its dealership network for opinions on the possibilities of expanding its lineup. You may recall we’ve already heard GMC’s vice president Duncan Aldred speak on the topic back in November.
In that interview with Edmunds.com, Aldred admitted the GMC lineup had room for an “active all-road, Wrangler-esque type of vehicle.” He continued saying in regards to the automaker, "I have come to do a job and change the face of the brand. … We are looking at everything. What segments will grow? What segments will not? We are evaluating all possibilities that could really turbocharge the brand and the growth."
What’s more, the WSJ reports GM is considering implementing “cues and capability” from the Hummer brand. How far GMC would take the cues in the design process was not discussed further, but it seems the Aldred and the automaker are looking into incorporating the Hummer legacy into the potential Wrangler-fighter.
As I speculated in the earlier post, GMC does have the respected Jimmy name it could pull from retirement. Even more convincing is the realization GMC has use of the midsize Canyon pickup truck as the backbone of the new SUV. Its body-on-frame design is ideal for serious off-road duty. The Canyon’s powertrains would also translate over well.
This sharing system already worked for GM’s off-road SUVs in the past, as the Hummer H2 was based on the Chevy Tahoe while the H3 was based on the then-current Chevy Colorado. It’ll be interesting to see this rumor’s outcome.
Click past the jump to read more about GM’s future SUV.
Well, Mercedes-Benz did it with the G-Wagon, so why not modify a Hummer H2 SUT with an extra axle, two extra wheels, and an extra-long bed to cover it all? Yep, extra, or perhaps excess are the operative words. This massive beast actually for sale in the everything-is-bigger state of Texas for an equally large $98,950.
The vehicle started life as a standard H2 SUT with its Chevy Avalanche-like removable mid-gate and fold-flat second row. The one and only owner traded in the Hummer just before an unnamed “custom outfitter/limo company” purchased the truck. That company completed all the modifications to the frame, suspension, and body, along with the military-spec “Flat Dark Earth” paint color and custom interior job.
Now this H2 SUT six-wheeler is for sale and all it takes is green money. The seller says the vehicle has a clean record and only sports 27,000 miles. Of course with it being a Hummer, it comes with GM’s 6.2-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission. Sadly however, the new rear axle is just for show and doesn’t get power from the engine. The H2 still has its trusty four-wheel-drive system for getting through the rough stuff though.
Click past the jump to read more about the Hummer H2 SUT Luxury.
It’s been a while since we last heard something about the Hummer H2, but now the folks over at SR Auto Group have decided to bring it back to our attention with its sweet "Project Magnum." Based on the H2, the new Project Magnum has soared sky high since our first encounter many years ago. Since its conception, it has gone through a couple phases to evolve to where it’s at today.
The project started with the addition of a new Fabtech lift kit and a new set of 20-inch wheels, featuring a matte-black face and a gloss-black lip. The wheels are wrapped in monstrous off road tires sized at 40×15.5×20.
The package continues with a set of Brembo brakes and a Hotchkis rear sway bar. For the exterior, SR Auto Group opted for a Leios matte black paint, a wide fender flare kit, and a strut grille kit. The last piece of the package is a throaty Magnaflow exhaust system that makes the engine sound even more beastly.
Now Project Magnum is ready to enter the new year with a brand new look and sound!
Electric cars are certainly beginning to take flight lately, with Tesla becoming the unlikely leader of the whole revolution. Okay, maybe it’s not quite a revolution yet, but it’s at least starting to gain a little more traction. It has gained enough traction to garner the attention of UK coach builder, Prindiville.
Prindiville, being the creative company that it is, couldn’t just make any run-of-the-mill EV. Nope, its engineers and designers came up with a near mock up of the latest Hummer H3 – you know, one of the many defunct GM brands – only miniaturize and electric driven. What a concept!
Prindiville has now begun production and released a slew of specifications, so we felt it was time to give it the appropriate TopSpeed once over via a full review. So is this new custom EV in a shrunk-down Hummer body a good buy for the average driver?
To find out the answer to that and more, click past the jump.
2012 Hummer H3 Alpha - A 295-bhp 5.3-liter small-block V-8 has found its way into the engine bay of the H3. Anyone who’s driven an H3 knew a V-8 was much needed. A 295-bhp 5.3-liter small-block V-8 has found its way into the engine bay of an H3 whose front end has had numerous adjustments. They include a modified frame, a new steering system and beefed-up drivetrain components. The front and rear differential housings are now of rugged cast iron, not aluminum. This purity of off-road worthiness is what gives this H3 the Hummer’s Alpha badge, the second model so designated.
It’s been over a year since the last Hummer rolled out of GM’s production facility, but Cam-Shaft was able to snag one of the remaining off-road monsters for a little virtual makeover. The premium wrapping team in Steinbach were hired by the owner of this H1 to turn the vehicle into a rolling tribute to Call of Duty, a popular first-person and third-person shooter video game series.
This special Hummer H1 was created with the help of co-operation and joint efforts which discussed the project thoroughly before coming up with various sketches (some accepted, some rejected). The final goal was to create a perfect combination illustrating their love for cars and video games.
The H1 was then transformed with a matte black vinyl wrap and various "Call of Duty" logos and inscriptions, as well as other minor styling modifications. In the end, they added a special set of games logo and other styling details and a special set of giant wheels and offroad tires to complete the menacing look.
It’s been over a year since the last Hummer rolled off the production line, ending the gas-guzzling era of the oversized and intimidating vehicle. Now, in a production more ironic than Congressman Anthony Weiner actually showing off his wiener, General Motors has unveiled an electric golf cart version of a Hummer for all of those men in plaid pants that want to display their machismo on the course. The MEV Hummer HX is now on sale for a bargain price - when compared to a full size Hummer - of $16,000.
The MEV Hummer HX electric golf cart was named after the HX concept revealed by GM in 2008. It is powered by a 3.75hp electric motor, but a $1,475 5.5hp electric motor is also available as an upgrade.
The model comes standard with upholstery embroidered with the H2 name, a custom floor kit, polished chrome wheels, side rails, a rear license plate, a painted front grille, H2 logos on the sides and rear, a HUMMER stamped rear bumper, and an H2 body kit licensed by General Motors. The HX MEV can also be ordered in a 6 passenger limo version for $3,874 or an 8 passenger version for $4,974.
Hit the jump for a video of the Mini Electric Hummer in action.
Ranking the best cars is fun, but ranking the worst is like frolicking on a perfect beach, it just never gets old. Taking into consideration that the year is almost complete, we wanted to rank the worst vehicles of the decade and seeing as how there were so many, ten just wasn’t enough.
Some weren’t very hard to think of, stuff like the Chevrolet Aveo and the Smart ForTwo were obviously going to be on the list, but there were a few that will shock you. If one sentence can sum up our thought process during this evaluation it would be this, ’high sales don’t mean anything’.
Look at the Chevrolet Impala and the Jeep Wrangler. Both sell fairly well, but both are awful. The Impala is fat and drives like a boat and the Wrangler is an off-road machine that most won’t take in their yard, leaving it hard and uncompromising on the road. Despite these two perfect examples of automotive incompetence, both didn’t make the list.
Find out what did by hitting the jump.
We’ve all been there. You’re standing in the line at a gas station and you look up to see that the lottery has been bumped up to some unimaginable number. As the clerk slowly rings up the customer in front of you, you think of all of the things you would be able to buy and accomplish if you were lucky enough to strike it rich. It’s your turn now and you’re feeling a little froggy, so you jump. One lotto ticket please.
Like we said, we’ve all been there. Unfortunately, some of us have been there a lot more times than others and the amount of money that is literally slipping right off your fingertips stacks up as your chances get trimmed down. This is the exact idea that designers Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom from the Rhode Island School of Design wanted to convey when they took $39,000 worth of lotto tickets and built a Hummer H3. They wanted everyone to see that with the money people have spent on lotto tickets, they could have just saved it up and bought something cool with it.
Their designs don’t just stop at Hummers either. Check out the gallery to see what other things were built using the useless pieces of paper that people paid for. We’re glad they built a Hummer because no one else is going to anymore.
The SUV that made a name for itself for being one of the most intimidating of any vehicle on the road is going out in a whimper. The last Hummer H3 - and the very last Hummer for that matter - rolled out of General Motors’ production facility in Shreveport, Louisiana last Monday, culminating the official end of one of America’s most iconic SUVs.
The last H3 was ordered by rental car agency Avis, which if we were these guys, we actually won’t rent out because of the "history" attached to it for being the very last Hummer ever built. Who knows, the SUV might fetch a pretty good price in the coming years.
Whatever Avis does with it though, is their business. More important to us is Hummer’s quiet curtain call. The irony is definitely intoxicating.
Hummer can’t catch a break, can it? If it’s bad enough that the brand is now on its way to being completely dissolved, now comes news that the Hummer H3 models manufactured from 2006 to 2010 are being recalled because of defective hood louvres. All in all, a total of over 162,000 Hummer models are included in the recall.
According to a report done by Consumer Reports, the hood louvres have the potential to become loose over time, causing it to completely fly off of the vehicle. It turns out that the tabs that keep the louvres in place are liable to break over time, which then causes vibrations that can loosen the entire hood louvres before separating off the hood completely.
As a result, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has issued a warning to H3 owners to be wary of the potential problem and that the slightest bit of vibration should be enough reason for them to call Hummer at 800-732-5493 or bring their H3s to their local GM dealerships to have the problem fixed as soon as possible.
While the real horsepower war rages on, Jeremy Dean has the guts to unveil the "Back to the Futurama" project. What does that mean? He took a Hummer H2 and added two real horses to obtain the Hoover Cart. The total project cost him $15K.
The designer said his project was inspired by the Great Depression; a time when people could not afford gas for their vehicles and so they hitched them to horses, creating "Hoover Carts".
"I was fascinated by the Hoover Cart story and the image I saw in my mind of the re-imagined vehicle, this ultimate coping mechanism, and it seemed to me then, as it does now, a monument to the absurd, as only something utilitarian done in prolonged crisis can be," said Jeremy Dean.
Who said the Hummer is not environmental friendly?
Video after the jump.