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This Hummer H1 is a poster boy for climate change deniers

Yes Mr Wayne, it *does* come in black. And only black

Published: 05 Aug 2019
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The Hummer H1. The deeply impractical all-American poster boy for climate change deniers. It’s also a car with bona fide iconic status. Never has a four-wheeled lump represented so much but offered so little. Doesn’t mean it isn’t cool. And H1s are only getting cooler, mainly because they’re now being restomodded.

You have Detroit-based company Mil-Spec Automotive to thank for this murdered out special. We’ve featured them before. Remember the 500bhp, $295k ‘tactical’? That zombie-proof monster was the sixth special Hummer from the firm, this is the seventh: Black Ops. 

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As you can see, this four-door Hummer has had the back end sawn off to make a pick-up truck then a gothic colour pallet applied. Black is the hue of the day. Black wheels. Black paint. Black interior. And fuel from the black pump. Like the previous versions, it’s powered by a 6.6-litre Duramax diesel from the 2006 Hummer, but rebuilt and reassembled to kick out 500bhp and 1,000lb ft of torque, more than a regular 1996 Hummer would have produced. Good thing Mil-Spec binned the factory full-time four-wheel-drive system and replaced it with a simpler NVG 242 transfer case normally found in various GM pickup trucks.

Mechanical upgrades include new, beefier axle shafts and portal hubs from the senior military Humvee, as well as a new suspension system that nearly doubles wheel travel (13-inches) and new Wilwood six-piston brakes. Sinister looking thing too. It’s painted in a Kevlar-infused (the G.I Joes will like that) Deep Sky Black paint with contrasting semi-gloss black powder-coated components. Inside, the anti-Tardis has been slathered in Nappa leather with quilted stitching. Weirdly, there is also a Momo Prototipo steering wheel like you’d find on a Caterham and lots more black.

In an age of social sustainability, nothing is as environmentally abrasive as a H1. If you want to stand out, however...

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