Hummer Down: US Army To Make Millions Auctioning Off Humvees

I Want You... to buy these surplus US Army Humvees! The first DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) auction for some of the army's surplus Humvees brought in close to a million bucks. If you missed out, fear not: only 25 of the rough & rugged ex-army vehicles were sold leaving nearly 4,000 others eligible for the auction block.

The Humvee (or HMMWV in military parlance) was phased out of front line service in the early 2000s when their vulnerability to IEDs rapidly sidelined them in favor of larger, better-armored MRAP vehicles. 

The U.S. armed services haven't bought any new Humvees in years, and plenty of the de-armed, de-armored and decommissioned vehicles are now gathering dust at several government stockyards. Most are equipped with 150-horsepower 6.2-litre V8 diesel engines and 3-speed automatic transmissions.

The 25 Humvees auctioned off on December 17th by (an online auction organization specializing in construction equipment and government surplus) had between 1,361 to 38,334 miles on their odometers. The lowest successful bid was $21,500 for a 1989 AM General M1038 Humvee HMMWV; the highest was $41,000 for a 1994 AM General M998A1 Humvee HMMWV. Grand total: a cool $744,000 in Uncle Sam's coffers and a couple dozen still-serviceable Humvees saved from the crusher.

Minimum bids were $10,000 and the average winning bid was around $30,000 setting some precedents and patterns for future auctions – the next is expected sometime in January of 2015.

There's one major caveat for potential buyers eager to get behind the wheel of a “game-used” military vehicle, being that these auctioned Humvees are not legally authorized for road or highway use – off-roaders only need apply.

This restriction may be troublesome for those unable to get a suitable flatbed to Hill Air Force Base in Utah where the first 25 auctioned Humvees wait for their purchasers. Thanks, Obama. (via ArmyTimes and