H1 is the first-ever model Hummer developed for the civilian market. The four wheel drive utility vehicle was originally made for the military, to conquer all types of terrains and obstacles. This is why it has got a tough and rugged exterior.
Back in 1992, the H1 suffered backlashes during its production, mainly because it had an uncomfortable cabin and a shortage of power from its engine. Despite its negative traits, the Hummer continued to sell for years, until the automaker called it quits in 2010.
Some people cannot let go of the past though, for instance, Mil-Spec Automotive, a Ute-restoration/modification shop decided to just work on the H1 by looking at its strengths and weaknesses, so it could create the ultimate superstar SUV. And what we could say about the outcome is that it looks impressive!
At first glance, it is obvious that the H1 had been modified from end to end, fitted with exterior and interior makeover, while getting a huge engine upgrade that makes up for the original H1’s lack of power. As you can see, the exterior gets a lot of heavy duty coating, and is available in both glossy and textured black. We do think that a matte finish works better for a Hummer though.
Moving into the Mil-Spec H1’s interior, the vehicle gets a lot of upgrades, now making it more comfortable for the driver and passengers. Every single detail was designed by MSA, and there are aluminum parts that are aerospace grade, developed in Wichita, Kansas. The leather used here is military grade as well, so we know how durable it is.
Under the Mil Spec H1’s hood, is where you will find the most interesting parts. The H1 is powered by a Duramax 6.6L LBZ Turbocharged Diesel V8, designed, hand built and a tested by MSA itself. Performance figures goes up to 500 horsepower and 1,000 pound feet of torque. Another notable upgrade is its individual suspension, which had also been designed by MSA. They promise way better ride quality on and off the road.
For those of you who would like to bring home a resto-modded H1, you will be able to select from five body types such as an intriguing two-door hardtop extended bed pickup type. You can then get the full specs and check out the rates on the company’s official website.
The Mil-Spec H1 was sketched and rendered in a small studio outside of Detroit, Michigan, where they decided to call it the Launch Edition. Now, all MSA Launch Editions are hand built and assembled in Wichita Kansas, put together by a small team of specialists.