The Hummer H1. The deeply impractical all-American poster boy for climate-change deniers. It’s also a car with bona fide iconic status. Never has a four-wheeled lump represented so much but offered so little. Doesn’t mean it isn’t cool. And H1s are only getting cooler, mainly because they’re now being restomodded.
You have Detroit-based company Mil-Spec Automotive to thank for this murdered-out special. We’ve featured them before. Remember the 500bhp, $295k ‘tactical’? That zombie-proof monster was the sixth special Hummer from the firm. This is the seventh: Black Ops.
As you can see, this four-door Hummer has had the back end sawed off to make a pickup truck. A gothic color pallet was then applied. Black is the hue of the day. Black wheels. Black paint. Black interior. And fuel from the black pump.
Like the previous versions, it’s powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel from the 2006 Hummer, but rebuilt and reassembled to kick out 500hp and 1,355Nm of torque. Good thing Mil-Spec binned the factory full-time four-wheel-drive system and replaced it with a simpler NVG 242 transfer case normally found in various GM pickup trucks.
Mechanical upgrades include new, beefier axle shafts and portal hubs from the senior military Humvee, as well as a new suspension system that nearly doubles wheel travel (13 inches) and new Wilwood six-piston brakes. Sinister looking thing, too. It’s painted in a Kevlar-infused Deep Sky Black paint with contrasting semi-gloss black powder-coated components.
Inside, the anti-Tardis has been slathered in napa leather with quilted stitching. Weirdly, there is also a Momo Prototipo steering wheel like you’d find on a Caterham, and lots more black.
In an age of social sustainability, nothing is as environmentally abrasive as a H1. If you want to stand out, however...
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.