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The world-famous “Hummer” was 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. Diesel power and an automatic transmission were required, and the vehicles had to be capable of carrying a variety of weapon systems. Following an extremely rigorous test and evaluation program, AM General was awarded a contract for 2,334 HMMWVs in March 1983. 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 in the Middle East and nearly 300,000 have been built to date. Over 40 international governments have 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 an instantly-recognized icon with unbeatable purity of purpose and the adaptability to tackle any job thrown at it.
This 1990 AM General Humvee was converted into an M12025 armored “Slantback” weapons-carrier model. In addition to its battle-designed armored roof design for protection against enemy fire, this HMMWV also features armored Kevlar X doors, an armored gun-turret shield complete with .50 caliber pintle-type gun mount. This Hummer rides on a fully independent suspension and 37×16.50 Goodyear MT military tires with armored run flats and is equipped with an A2 model air drop rear bumper with swing-out spare tire carrier with spare upgrade. Other combat features include a SIGNAR antenna base with mount, gunner’s seat assembly, A2 commander bucket seat upgrades, and new military-spec CARC 636A Desert Tan paint. The Hummer’s legendary power and torque are delivered by a 6.5L Detroit Diesel V-8 engine rated at 170 horsepower, mated to a GM 3L80 3-speed automatic transmission. Unlike other Humvees on the market today, this example is a real armored slantback. Be prepared for the zombie apocalypse and don’t leave home without it!