The all-new GMC Hummer EV SUV and truck may have the spotlight right now, but they have the Hummer brand of yesteryear to thank for their existence. And with these new models coming, could the classic mid-2000s Hummers have a bit of a resurgence? If this pristine 14,000 mile 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha is anything to go by, they very well might. It’s currently up for auction on Bring a Trailer, and with the sale ending today, April 14, it’s bid at the time of writing is $157,000. That makes the over-$100,000 Hummer EV Edition 1 look like a bargain.
Being a 2006, this Hummer H1 Alpha is from the final year of Hummer H1 production. The auction description says there were only 729 H1 Alphas produced that year, making this a very rare beast indeed. The vehicle is painted in Bright White with black painted bumpers, and has a lovely black and terra-cotta interior color scheme.
As with all Hummer H1 Alpha models, the vehicle is powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8. Previous H1 models used less powerful and torquey engines, which made street driving challenging given the weight of the vehicle. General Motors created the Alpha model with that Duramax turbodiesel to be more powerful, pushing out 300 hp and a massive 520 lbs-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a five speed Allison automatic transmission, which sends power to the rear or all four wheels through a dual-range transfer case.
Being a Hummer, this H1 Alpha comes with all sorts of interesting features that would even make the GMC Hummer EV blush. The coolest might just be the self inflating and deflating tires, which make airing down for off-roading and filling up for the drive home a breeze. The rear barn doors are very unique, and the central transmission tunnel gives the interior a very segmented feel, adding to the military vibe. It’s also a four seater, and features rear headphone jacks in addition to the ceiling mounted speakers.
This 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha was purchased from the original owner in November, 2020 on BaT by the seller for a rather significant $175,000, so the current bid of $157,000 is slightly more reasonable. Still, selling at that price would make it the second most expensive Hummer sale BaT has ever had. Luckily for the winner of the auction, it appears to be in great condition based on photos. It also has extensive service records, especially for the low milage. The only concern the listing points out are some stone chips on the front end. Is the introduction of the GMC Hummer EV truck and SUV going to make more H1 Alphas this valuable? We’ll have to wait and see, but this example shows people are willing to pay big money for them.