For anyone feeling nostalgic about the passing of the Hummer brand, or the actual wartime vehicle that inspired it, now is your chance to own a version of the original HMMWV, albeit without an engine.

After a 12-year hiatus from the civilian vehicle market, AM General is reportedly set to offer a kit-car of the C-Series Humvee. The kit will conform to U.S. government regulations and has been made possible by a deal with General Motors.

The kit costs $59,000 – and you still need an engine. A likely favorite would be a Duramax Diesel V8 and Allison transmission combination, as was found on the H1 Alpha. AM General estimates that an owner could buy the kit Humvee and outfit a powerplant and transmission for $75,000. Not bad, considering that H1 Alpha has an MSRP of $140,000 in 2005.

How is this possible? If you recall, GM was trying to unload the Hummer brand to Chinese-based Sichuan-Tengzhong, among other suitors. As we all know, a deal never happened and the brand rumbled off into the sunset. The deal with AM General worked so that the military Humvee producer could offer a vehicle to the public as long as it was fundamentally different from the H1. By offering a kit car, they apparently end-around much of the legal confines.

But that also means are other setbacks. The final product will not look like the civilian Hummer H1, and it will not have niceties like interior trim, power locks, door mounted mirrors, or even hard doors. It will simply be a four-seat, soft-top, soft door vehicle. AM General will offer 'add-on' factory options such as the Central Tire Inflation System, rocker protection, and potentially two-piece beadlock wheels.

As the story over at Hummer Guy puts it, "just remember – its a Humvee, not a Hummer."



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      rockandrai
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why get a hummer when you can just get a range rover? I dunno, I appreciate what it's done in the military but why one would want to own one baffles me. Maybe i'm just weird. tinyurl.com/783pflv
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        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        Ever driven one? I have (the military spec vehicles) and they are god awful unless you're driving on some super rough terrain. The engine's that come with those things reminds me a lot of the old Merc SL engines. More noise doesn't mean you're going any faster (kind of like the old Honda S series (500, 800 etc)).
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        /facepalm
        Carbon Fibre
        • 2 Years Ago
        +1, have no idea why you where downranked.
      lasertekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      The first time around was bad enough...
      the.ting
      • 2 Years Ago
      What idiot would pay that much when you can buy one from gov. surplus auction for much less?
        Ron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @the.ting
        Don't post something when you have no idea what you are talking about. Since 1979, all government "jeeps" , to include the M151 HMMWV were turned into scrap or parted out before they left government hands. The reason is simple... The US government has only rated the HMMWV for a max speed of 50 mph, and thus, in the governments eyes, they are unsafe for highway use, thus they are scraped in the interest of public safety before they are sold.
          the.ting
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ron
          I've seen plenty at various auction sites a few months ago, and there are no rules prohibiting buyers from swapping in a new, more capable engine.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      I might buy one when I get enough cash and want to invade my neighbor's yard.
      Mark Skerritt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its not a Humvee either. This thing couldn't survive Compton let alone Afghanistan!
        Ron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark Skerritt
        You are right it is not a Humvee, it is the military version HMMWV. The HMMWV pictured is identical in every way to the HMMWV I drove when I was in the Army. In fact I am pretty sure that is an old 90's stock photo of an actual military HMMWV....
      d.hollywood
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never liked this beast.If you're gonna be ugly...at least be functional. That being said...I can totally see the crew at Icon Motors making this puppy just that. (for some 6 figure sum) BTW...59k for a shell? Pass.As mentioned by another commenter...I'd sooner get one from a surplus auction.
      hmmwv
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought it's a good news for me until the part that says it's $75,000.
      Love Great Danes
      • 2 Years Ago
      $75,000 is the fuel cost per year
      rhohense
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds great to me! Make mine a Cummins 6BT!
      MV Owner
      • 2 Years Ago
      You won't find one at a government auction surplus site. You may see a real one at Fleabay or another but you cannot buy one from any government source. The Marines released a few by mistake and those are the only real ones allowed on the streets so if you find one for sale you had better be sure of it's history and that it has a clean paper trail lest you lose it to Uncle Sam. There are thousands of them going to scrap right now.
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