Vantagefield Hummer

Car of the Day #97: 1991 Vantagefield Hummer

Vantagefield Hummer
Side of Vantagefield Hummer • via hummer-club.jp

A luxury-minded, ultra capable SUV…more than 30 years ago? Get in and buckle up, bucko — the British firm Vantagefield has you covered.

Sadly, the Vantagefield website has no information on this particular model, because Vantagefield no longer exists. 

I have a feeling that if you're reading this you'll also enjoy 1000sel.com, which is where pretty much all of the information in this article comes from. What I'd like to know is: in what year was the UK coachbuilder sent a handful of HMMWVs for conversion?

According to 1000sel.com, these were sourced somewhere between AM General and the US Army, all arranged for Al Zayani, some sort of Kuwaiti investment company. 

I'm not sure who you call to procure a state-of-the-art military vehicle from a U.S. Government supplier while the Gulf War was still dominating newspapers’ front pages, but a deal was nevertheless made.

However sketchy that may sound, the result — taller bodywork and all — is an interesting example of what the Hummer H1 may have looked like had GM Design been asked to make it look less…threatening? 

All squared-off, with a straight front bumper, two more headlights, vents on the back, and smoothed-out doors, I think it's attractive for what it is.


No longer required to be austere for military use on the inside, examine these old press photos to clock all of the usual kit found in an off-road fantasy rig, including a hydraulically-lifted chair. Leather? Of course. 

Interesting, at least to me, is that the middle row was raised in order to squeeze in more room for passengers. If some SUVs offer stadium seating, these are the nosebleed seats. Two in the front, four in the middle, and three in the rear means this would have been one awkward boarding session, especially in desert attire, with rifles, champagne, and accoutrements in tow. 

Vantagefield Hummer • via hummer-club.jp

With so little information online, I thought I should mention that the ever-fantastic 1000sel.com has a bunch of other great (watermarked) photos of Vantagefield's most epic creation — its HMMWVs.

Recently, photos of the Hummer have popped up at shutterstock.com, so if you’re an editor looking for sure-fire clicks, don’t forget to link back here after you’ve bought the rights to these photos*.

*If the link doesn't work, visit shutterstock.com and search for “vantagefield” 


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