Like the old H1 Hummer? You’ll want this.
The H1 Hummer was far from being perfect. Big, extremely wide, and not exactly the most comfortable, the old H1 still found plenty of fans who loved it because of its go-anywhere capabilities and, of course, its badass looks. Fortunately, Mil-Spec Automotive figured it was time to fix the H1’s weaknesses, perfect its strengths, and add some serious luxury. This latest result is this custom-built, Baja-focused restomod H1. The firm's previous Launch Edition H1 remains one of our ideal SUVs.
Officially called the Launch Edition #004, this reimagined H1 receives a new tan paint job, 40-inch tires, and even a black leather-on-canvas interior. Think the H1 was already a wide sucker? Well, MSA widened it even more by 7 inches and extended its track by 8 inches.
Other new features include a 12,000-pound winch, steel-tube rear bumper, brush guard, and a spare tire rack. The original engine has been swapped for a 6.6-liter turbo diesel V8 with 500 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Not just any transmission would be capable of distributing all that torque, so MSA went with an Allison six-speed automatic. Expect a 0-60 mph time of about 6 seconds. To help shave off some poundage, the exterior received aluminum body panels. There’s also a bed liner coating and independent front and rear suspension.
Interior upgrades include leather upholstery, sound system, an improved HVAC system, and power windows. In short, this thing is more than ready for any off-road adventure. Like a stock H1, it could probably climb up the sides of some buildings just for fun.
Like any highly detailed and superior quality restomod project, this one is anything but cheap. MSA will build you won for a bare minimum of $250,478. Add in a few additional options and that figure will quickly increase. If you think that's too expensive, then just look at how much people shell out for, say, a Mercedes G-Class 6x6 or any of Icon's beautifully restomodded Land Cruisers or Broncos.
“We are particularly proud of #004,” said MSA CEO Adam Mitchell. “It is a reflection of our roots and where it all started three years ago. It represents countless hours of research and development and it looks great with its Baja-themed paint scheme and options.”
Customers can also choose from five configurations: 4-door hardtop pickup, 4-door hardtop slant-back, 4-door hardtop wagon, 4-door hardtop SUV, and a 2-door hardtop extended bed pickup.