In the Hummer community, it’s generally accepted that the final year of the military-style AM General Hummer was the very best. That’s because the last year, 2006, is the only year that the Hummer came with the reliable, powerful General Motors Duramax diesel engine, which was mated to the 5-speed automatic transmission.
This was an upgrade for the Hummer in every way: fuel economy, performance, and reliability — and 2006 Hummer H1 models, dubbed the "H1 Alpha," are still tremendously desirable today.
And now you can own a new one again. Listed for sale here on Autotrader is a 2006 Hummer H1 that’s advertised as a "new" vehicle — and while it isn’t "new," strictly speaking (the Carfax report shows it was sold back in 2006 to an original owner in Wisconsin and had 11,000 miles by 2015), it’s been overhauled to the point where it might as well be.
The overhaul was carried out by a company called Global Trans Vehicles, in Miami, Florida who is restoring H1 Alpha models to like-new condition — or, really, even better than new, with body-off restorations full of replacement parts, cleanings, rebuildings and improvements. For those who are disappointed that the H1 left the market just when it got the best engine and transmission, this is another opportunity to buy a pristine one — and judging by Global Trans Vehicles’ websites, these Alphas look as good as they did when they left Hummer showrooms back in 2006.
The obvious drawback, however, is the cost. Although H1 Alpha models are already expensive, virtually always selling for six figures, these are even pricier: Global Trans Vehicles has this one listed for just a shade under $500,000. That’s big money — but it’s a totally refreshed version of the best iteration of one of the great off-road vehicles around.