It's too cold to be outside for very long here at the Four Wheeler Midwest Bureau, so this weekend I spent some time hunkered down in front of my new LCD television (wouldn't have it if my old tube TV wouldn't have puked, but dang, this new one sure has a nice picture) watching the Barrett-Jackson auction from Scottsdale, Arizona. I began to weep when I saw this Hummer H3R on the block. How did I not know this was coming? For a guy who gets around a lot, apparently I don't get around much.
I've drooled on this concept and SEMA rig more than once. Most recently when I dropped off our H3 Trailhugger project at a semi-secret GM facility in Detroit so it could go to SEMA and I spied the H3R sitting in the warehouse. This rig has a mind-boggling number of mods including a 7.0L V-8 with custom air induction and twin airboxes and an auxiliary 20-gallon fuel tank. Some lucky soul bought it for only $44,000. Cough. Choke. Hand me another tissue please. Never mind that it didn't have a complete VIN, I'd deal with that later.
Barrett-Jackson also auctioned off the H2 Safari concept for $45,100. But that's not all. There were scores of cool trucks on the block. How about a '67 Toyota Land Cruiser and '67 Jeepster Commando from country singer Alan Jackson's personal collection that sold for $82,000 and $88,000 respectively. GM bid farewell to other concepts too, like the '07 GMC Sierra HD Denali ($53,900) and a Chevy Tahoe North Face ($19,800). I also saw a '77 Bronco go for $44,000.
Being a truck guy I'm mostly interested in stuff with four-wheel-drive, but I had to take a breath when the NASCAR Cup-powered Plymouth Superbird sold for over a half million dollars. More down to earth is the '80 Pontiac Trans Am with less than 500 actual miles that sold for $79,200. If you call that down to earth.
Anyway, did I mention I really dug that H3R?