Forget all those blinged up Hummers. If you aren't going for a genuine Military specimen, go for something that looks the part...
Before Arnold Schwarzenegger spearheaded the case for public ownership of Hummer’s military colossus, the H1 earned its stripes as an automotive equivalent of Chuck Norris – it could go anywhere and leave a trail of destruction in its wake. Especially if driven through town, where that tank-derived wheelbase caused all manner of masonry damage.
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Developed from 1980 and pressed into military service in 1984, the HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) – or Humvee, as it became known – first saw combat during Operation Just Cause; the US invasion of Panama in 1989. Since then, the vehicle has become the face of American armed forces.
Although designed primarily for personnel and light cargo transport stationed on the front line, the Humvee soon garnished its indestructible reputation courtesy of relatively low damage reports throughout conventional operations, such as the Gulf War. Not a single news bulletin went out during that time without footage of a Humvee proving its worth.
Naturally, this caught the attention of various A-list celebrities from Hollywood’s overpaid dreamland. It also ticked the boxes for various egomaniacs who wanted something to turn heads or increase their media profile. This wasted the vehicle’s sheer engineering aptitude to no end.
Power flowed from a 6.5-liter turbodiesel V8 that churned out 205bhp. This might not sound like much, but the torque band allowed sheer rock faces to be traversed with the correct approach angle.
Besides such incredible drivetrain grunt, further engineering prowess showcased self-inflating/deflating tires for use on thick sand. Perfect for cruising down Sunset Boulevard, naturally, when AM General began selling civilian versions to the public under the new ‘Hummer’ marque during 1992.
The Hummer name soon became a laughing stock within car circles. Famed for hauling questionable public figures and luminaries around from golf course to restaurant, the hard-earned reputation for defending the nation fell by the wayside in favor of tacky paparazzi nonsense.
So, should you hanker after a (rather large) chunk of American automotive history, you’ll want to steer well clear of the 'Hollywood editions' and instead purchase an ex-Army hero that’s served time of the highest military order. Or an example that, at the very least, pays homage to the hardcore genesis Humvee. Such as this one.
GR Auto Gallery can present this 2000 Hummer H1 for your consideration. Finished in a high gloss camouflage exterior with a tan leather interior, although it hasn't seen action, it certainly looks the part. No bling-bling or garish noughties add-ons here. No, sir.
This Hummer is about as heavy-duty as it gets. Refreshed last year with new parts, this beast is ready to take on the world. Price? This road-legal tank will set you back $55k. Get a closer look at the 2000 Hummer H1 here.