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Conceived in response to the U.S. Army’s requirement for a single-platform High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) to replace its aging and varied ¼- to 1 ¼-ton vehicle fleet for front-line combat and support roles, the “Hummer” quickly went on to become the stuff of legends. Deliveries commenced in early 1985 and some 72,000 were built by mid-1991. The HMMWV, better known as the “Humvee,” gained iconic status from its extensive use during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and nearly 300,000 were built. Over 40 nations also adopted the “Humvee,” and it is now every bit as famous as the GPW or “Jeep” of WW II and Korean War fame.
Recognizing a winner, General Motors purchased the “Hummer” name and distribution rights and began selling the barely civilianized Hummer H1 through select dealerships. Unmistakable with its rugged bodywork, unique suspension geometry, and brute power, the Hummer H1 became highly popular and begat the smaller and tamer H2 and H3 road models often seen today. Nonetheless, the original H1 remains immensely popular by virtue of its remarkable purity of purpose and adaptability to any job thrown at it. The Hummer H1 Alpha marks the final evolution of the series. A highly reengineered version of the H1, the Alpha was powered by the General Motors Duramax diesel engine and Allison 5-speed transmission, endowing the Hummer with greatly improved performance and the ability to comply with pending U.S. heavy-duty emissions regulations slated to take effect in 2004.
Development began in 2002 and in addition to the new powertrain, the updates ushered in by the Alpha included the use of special high-strength steel for the chassis frame, improved steering gear, quieter differentials, redesigned hubs with quieter helical gears, new intake, exhaust, and electrical systems, and redesigned fuel-supply and filtration. H1 Alpha production commenced in early 2005 and continued through mid-2006, with the entire run designated as ‘2006’ models. Despite all the updates applied to the H1 Alpha, the program was unceremoniously cancelled on May 12, 2006 due to GM’s withdrawal of technical and financial backing for the vehicle’s future engineering and recertification, bringing the H1 program to an end.
Priced from well over $129,000 when new, this low-mileage 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha Convertible is an excellent example in a great color combination, representing the final and highly improved expression of the original H1 Hummer lineage. Highly equipped, this Alpha includes the comprehensively updated and extensive interior characteristic of the model, plus two-tone upholstery, a front brush guard, towing rings, a heavy-duty power front winch, and the Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS), in addition to the highly desirable GM Duramax diesel/Allison 5-speed power combination. While obviously built for the toughest terrain, this H1 Alpha is equally capable of use for enjoyable road use with a convertible top. Very attractive and well equipped, this 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha marks the final and finest evolution of a true military-grade legend.