CC Capsule: Monday Morning Rarities – Hummer H1

Hummer H1

I assume that a Hummer H1 is not a common sight any more in North America, and believe me they are not a common sight in Australia; they never were…

The apocryphal story behind the ‘civilisation’ of the military HMMWV is that Arnold Schwarzenegger was inspired by their use in Operation Desert Storm (and seeing them while filming the not-so-macho Kindergarten Cop!), and had the desire to drive one of the most over-the-top, but it seems there were intentions earlier on.  The civilian Hummer was on sale from 1992 until 2006, with just under 12,000 produced.

Humvee engine bay

There was a Hummer occasionally seen in my home town, owned by a timber merchant and sleeper cutter.  One story I remember about it involved him coming across a couple of guys in an old Holden who were attempting to pilfer a couple of sleepers from a stockpile in the forest.  Upon coming on the scene in his Hummer, the owner gave chase and was quickly able to intimidate the guys into stopping and abandoning their efforts, and further, never coming back!

The ownership profile of the Hummer was normally fairly predictable as the celebrity set; in Australia this included professional tennis player Mark Philippoussis and controversial stockbroker Rene Rivkin.  Because they were a grey-market import (by third-party companies), I don’t think it would be possible to establish how many there are in Australia.

Humvee interior

I was able to get an interior shot when I saw this Humvee again on the weekend; but I am not sure why this one is RHD!  I think it is fair to say that the Humvee interior is not so much styled or designed as arranged!

Humvee with trailer

Another interesting side-note is that the earlier Humvees are being retired from military service, and making their way into collectors hands, as with this one I saw at a commercial vehicle show (together with the engine bay above).

When was the last time you saw a Hummer H1?


Related Reading:  Possibly the only other appearance of a Hummer H1 on CC?

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