A company called Mil-Spec Automotive (MSA) planned to bring its own resto-mod vision to life and it’s doing so using an unlikely hero vehicle, the Hummer H1.
Based in Detroit, MSA has assembled its first reimagined H1 and dubbed it the Launch Edition 001.
The car has been rebodied, rebuilt and rebooted in the power department. Hardened aerospace grade aluminum was used for the new body on the H1 bones. It features the same look as the original but it was reinforced and coated with a Line-X like material — the stuff used for bedliners. The nose and tail received new bumpers while the original skid plates underneath were refurbished and coated for an extra layer of protection.
The exterior lighting was upgraded with LED headlights, taillights and turn signals. On the roof and up front, MSA added extra LED lightbars found on any trail-ready machine these days.
On the inside, it’s clear MSA has served up quite the upgrade over the standard H1. Marine-grade leather covers the seats, a powerful audio system comes from JL Audio and more aerospace grade aluminum forms the interior panels. The Momo Prototipo steering wheel is an unexpected but cool touch to cap off the cabin.
The best part, however, involves the upgrades to the engine and running gear. Tilt that massive engine cover forward and you’ll find a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V-8 engine. It produces 500 horsepower and a reported 1,000 pound-feet of torque.
To back up that beast, MSA utilizes the Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission. This is the same pairing utilized on the Hummer H1 Alpha, but that version made just 300 horsepower and 520 pound-feetof torque.
Beyond the power upgrade, MSA reworked the suspension geometry with the goal of improving both on and off-road comfort and driving manners. We can’t say if it works as we haven’t driven this one. Also, we don’t have the required $218,499 to meet the starting cost. That is a ton of cash, but folks are paying that much (and far more) for tastefully resto-modded vehicles.
Perhaps there’s a market for reworked military-based sport utility vehicles. If so, it appears that MSA will be the main player out of the gate. It will have to be a large gate, though, because these things are massive.