When is a Hummer H1 not a Hummer H1? When it turns out that it’s a Ford carrying the body of the Humvee. This is the bizarre machine that the Westen Champlin YouTube channel discovers when it goes to check the unusable SUV before the vehicle is auctioned.
The host and his buddy do not reach the Hummer for five minutes in the 10-minute video. The integrated version above allows them to access the false H1.
For a while, this platform seems legitimate. Although there is an early red flag as there is no double wishbone front suspension, which is a notable feature of the H1.
Lifting the hood reveals the truth. Rather than the expected GM powertrain, there is a modified Ford V8 under the hood. The guys think it’s either a 360 cubic inch (5.9 liter) or 390 cubic inch (6.4 liter) engine.
The chassis also appears to be from a Ford. Body parts, like the doors, are made of fiberglass. In close-up, the overall fit and finish appear poor.
The interior looks like an authentic H1 because of the gargantuan bump that separates the occupants. The interior shots are not extensive, but the transfer case control lever does not appear to be present.
Unfortunately, the video doesn’t mention how much the fake H1 is selling at auction. The clip indicates that the price is close to what an authentic, non-running example could be looking for.
The military specification Humvee remains in military service. Although the light joint tactical vehicle is starting to replace it in some roles.
On the consumer side, GMC is preparing to revive the name Hummer in a radical way. It will be an electric van with more than 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts) under pressure. There will also be removable sections in the roof to allow people to enjoy driving outdoors.