It'd better be a higher number because this thing isn't cheap.
Recreating old cars with all new parts has become big business. Companies like Singer, for example, charge seven figures for painstakingly detailed recreations of older Porsche 911 models. Using a similar philosophy, Mil-Spec Automotive (MSA) in Wichita, Kansas builds essentially what are all-new versions of the Hummer H1, which has been off the market since 2006.
MSA has just unveiled its fifth hand-built creation, called simply the M1 #005, one of 12 Launch Edition Series truck commissioned for 2019.
As with previous MSA builts, the M1 #005 started off with a full frame-off disassembly. All of the work is done in-house by a team of 12 people who work on the body and powertrain. Speaking of powertrain, MSA hand-builds and hand-tunes a 6.6-liter Duramax LBZ turbodiesel engine, which produces a whopping 500 horsepower and earth-shattering 1,000 lb-ft of torque going out through an Allison 1000 automatic transmission with a Venture Gear 242 part-time 2-speed transfer case.
Off-roading will be a breeze thanks to AM General portal axles with 2.56:1 ring-and-pinion gearing and upgraded air locker differentials. MSA even deletes the original Central Tire Inflation System to install a more reliable system. Clearly, nothing you throw at it will be able to stop this Hummer.
Inside, it is hard to dress up the bare bones military origins of the H1 but MSA has given it a shot. The interior has been upgraded with marine-grade leather with in-house diamond-stitched seat inserts. Even the massive dash and center console have been upholstered in leather. MSA even wanted to improve cabin insulation by installing a new soft-top made from Tough Duck marine canvas. We'd struggle to call it luxurious but it is a huge improvement over a military-spec H1.
The exterior looks properly rugged with a Moonlight Grey textured polyurethane coating, which has been infused with kevlar. Other unique touches include black powder-coated vents and Pro Comp Series 40 Matte Graphite wheels with custom center caps. In a nod to both aesthetics and functionality, the snorkel was engineered to improve water-fording capability without compromising frontward visibility.
The cost for all of this work is a whopping $248,691. Given the price of stock H1 examples at the moment, this number doesn't really surprise us. #005 has already been sold but MSA will build seven more examples in 2019.