Humvee roundup: from screen and battlefield

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The Avengers are teaming once again to sell their movie Humvee at auction. We're not sure what that ham Spider-Man is doing in the picture. Image: Mike Saechang/Flickr/CC BY-SA

“The Avengers,” the multi-million dollar superhero mash-up blockbuster, is shaping to be one  of the largest-grossing films ever. Now a movie fan with a taste for hardware can own a piece of it. If you have deep enough pockets and act by Thursday, June 7 that is. The featured M998 HMMWV, more commonly known as a Humvee, is currently for sale on ebay. Meanwhile, the Army and Marines are looking to replace fleets of Humvees and contractors are competing for contracts.

Bidding closes Thursday

Bidding on the famous Humvee started at $2,500. At the time of this writing, the bid on the vehicle was $21,200. Whoever does succeed in winning will be expected to pay a $500 deposit within two days. The remaining money has to be paid within seven days.

[Don’t despair. We have car credit for bad credit.]

Drivable condition

From the e-bay listing, it sounds like a sound driving machine, in addition to its movie star turn:

“‘The Avengers’ 1986 AM General HMMWV M998 with 6.2 L diesel engine runs great, starts right up, transmission shifts smoothly, stops, 2 heavy duty batteries. All Good Year radial tires are in good condition. No body damage or repairs. This vehicle was completely serviced, all systems checked out before it was shipped to film location last year.  HMMWV is all original not a rebuilt, and is equipped with high back seats in the front, and rear.”

The listing goes on to say that there were 5 Humvees used in the film. The others have all been sold. The vehicle was used by U.S. forces from 1986 to 1999.

“The Avengers,” a follow-up to the movies “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “The Incredible Hulk,” opened in May to a record-breaking $207 million weekend.

Competing for Army contract

Meanwhile, in the real world of military hardware, the Army and Marines are set to replace 18,500 road-weary Humvees before 2015. The competition is getting fierce for the $5 billion contract.

The U.S. Army Tacom Life Cycle Command will make it’s decision for a maximum of three contract by early July. If divided in thirds, each the first round winners could earn a contract of about $65 million to begin developing its version of a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

The six companies vying for the prize are AM General, General Dynamics Land Systems, Oshkosh Defense, Lockheed Martin Corp., Navistar Defense and collaboration between BAE Systems Inc., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Meritor Defense.


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