• Jul 30, 2007
It wasn't a fair fight at all, but for funsies, a vintage-car hill-climb allowed Forbes Magazine to enter a late model HUMMER H2. You know, just to see how the 316-hp, 4WD SUV would do against, say, a 100-hp 1921 Model T driven by a 70-year-old man. Like we said, it wasn't fair at all.
The HUMMER climbed the 475-foot-tall hill in 10.74 seconds and didn't even break a sweat. Among those not surprised at the HUMMER's prowess was Gary Le Fever, the Model T driver who was waiting at the top of the hill for the H2. Le Fever and his 86-year-old Ford had finished the climb in 9.96 seconds!

Not a huge difference in a conventional match-up, but considering the participants, an amazing triumph for the Model T's engineering simplicity over the HUMMER's hefty muscle.

BTW, the photo is for illustration only. The hill climb was, we understand, much larger.

[Source: Forbes]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Read the article. That particular Model T sported a 100hp engine, versus the original 20hp.

      What a ridiculous comparison. Let's also see who would survive a 15 mph crash. Manual versus automatic, I assume, as well? How about uphill on a DIRT road? That Model T in the race was modified with double carbs as well. A 100hp engine in a vehicle the weight of a T would be racing car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't think Hummers come with a manual transmission. The model T had planetary gears..
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should have a rematch, this time the racers can bump each other, "Mad Max" style. Then lets see who would win.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yea they could but the hummer would have to catch the T first. lol
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is something to be said for 100hp in a car that weighs as much as a door on a modern car. Power to weight ratio. Like I wouldn't call a race between my Porsche 914 (slightly modified with a nasty 383 stroker) and a Porsche Carrera GT fair, I'd feel bad for the Carrera GT since the 914 only weighs 2200lbs (even with the Chevy in it).
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Slightly modified, huh? ;-)
        Something tells me you would have won this hill climb...
      • 7 Years Ago
      ROFL at "100HP" model T. Anyone who thinks that ANY model T - sedan, pickup, speedster - made anything more than 25-30hp from the factory is an idiot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Model T was a vintage "Race car" (hillclimber most likely). Probably stripped of every pound of excess weigh. Little more than a frame, engine, body shell.

      A purpose built race car will not be slow at it's specialty no matter what the age.
      • 7 Years Ago
      100 hp? 20 hp is more accurate.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ooh... this makes more sense now:
      "Le Fever's speedster had 100hp, rather than the Model T's customary 20."
      • 7 Years Ago
      The funniest part, I think, is that older models are still better than newer models where you can't even fix them yourself anyomre with all the added complexities !

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        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't know if they are better. I get tired of setting the points on my old stuff. I do like the fact it don't take much to keep them going. Reliability is a lot better these days.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some of you people need to lighten up. This is just an amusing little article. Yes the H2 is easier to operate and probably a lot safer, but that's besides the point. There aren't that many great simple vehicles anymore. You can thank all the safety nuts for that one. This a shame. Guess you can always go out and buy an Elise.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WHO SAYS THE OLD ARE OBSOLETE AND PAST ITS PRIME. IN TODAYS TIME WITH ALOT OF AVIONICS AND EUROPEAN AND ASIAN STYLES, I WONDER IF AMERICAN DESIGN IS EVER GOING TO COME BACK TO AMERICA, ESPECIALLY THE LONG CARS LIKE THE 50'S, 40'S, MODELS, SEEMS TO ME THEY HAVE MORE AMERICAN STYLE THAN TODAY'S CAR AND TRUCKS AND GET UP AND GO IS STILL THERE. A GIFT FOR YOUR PART OF YOUR WORLD.= http://www.inventube.com/ooojay/blog/ MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. MIKE
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Le Fever and his 86-year-old Ford had finished the climb in 9.96 seconds!"
      LOL. That made my day. You people whining in defense of the Hummer... did not LOL.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The modified 86 year old Ford had 100hp and weighed in at around 1200 lbs.

        Hummer has 300hp and weighs around 6500 lbs.

        Wonder who would win the race?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 2.9L 4 cylinder in the Model T made 20 hp not 100 hp.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dear Autoblog,

        Making mistakes about Canadian geography in previous articles is fine as Americans do not even know their own geography. However making mistakes about your own history in machinery is quite an embarrassment.

        This just proves how superior Ford's products are to all others! 100 years from now, the Mustang will be seen as more iconic then the Jeep or Coca-Cola, or Mc Donald’s, and it's a FORD! :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        the Mustang will be seen as more iconic then the Jeep or Coca-Cola, or Mc Donald’s, and it's a FORD! :)

        HA! in your dreams.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow... I thought that number seemed REALLY wrong at first. I don't think my 94 Ranger I had a few years ago even made 100hp.
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