The obvious question here is what does the Hummer H3 have in common with International pickups, affectionately called Cornbinders? I will answer that with one word. Nostalgia.
International made some interesting offerings. They made SUVs before anyone ever knew what an SUV was. Cornbinder pickups were tough as nails. Like it or not, you knew it was an International Harvester the moment you saw it.
Growing up in the 60s and 70s, I always saw the International as the outdoorsman’s truck. My uncle Stan had one. He was a talented hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. Heck! He even worked in a lumber mill. If Stan drove a Cornbinder, it had to be good.
Cornbinders And Hummer’s H3
As I troll through the internet in search of that next daily driver, I think about the future. What can I pick up at a reasonable price, and expect to have something iconic in another decade. One word, Hummer.
That’s right, the Hummer. Here are 5 reasons we are seriously considering a Hummer H3.
- Military roots. Yep! The original wasn’t built to be a racer. It was built to be tough and go anywhere our fighting men needed to go.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger. When the first civilian Hummer came out, it was primarily at the egging on of The Terminator. It would be another decade or so before Arnold’s sleazy side came out.
- As recognizable as an International Scout. You’ve gotta be a Prius loving nerd boy to not recognize a Hummer from blocks away.
- Chevy Colorado platform. Parts are readily available, and will be for some time. The truck is less bulky than it’s big brothers, the H2 and H1. My wife could use it as a daily driver. The V8 rocks, but the inline 5 cylinder is a respectable power plant.
- Off-road respectability. Great ground clearance and a killer low range give the H3 some gusto. The lack of long front and rear overhang also make this an off-road contender.
Last week I published an article about negotiating.You can read Three Tips To Becoming A Better Negotiator by following the link, but Don and I will be talking about them in this week’s episode.