About a year and a half ago, I was driving down California’s famed Pacific Coast Highway. Stopped at a red light, I had a chance to look around and take in my surroundings when I noticed a used car lot. Naturally, I took a cursory glance at their inventory. And that’s when I noticed this monstrosity perched atop a raised, centrally positioned platform.
Unable to immediately recognize the vehicle, I decided to snap a photo. I hoped it would come to me eventually, but it hasn’t. So now I’m asking for help identifying this car because not knowing is burning a hole in my head.
I am reasonably sure it is a GM vehicle from the 2000s. However, I am certain it is not a Cadillac Escalade EXT, as it is quite a bit smaller. It is also not a Hummer H3T, as the bed is far too short. The windshield and grille certainly point to Hummer’s small SUV, though. Is it just a heavily customized H3? Probably not — the windows are much too tall. Is it the illegitimate child of an Escalade and a Jeep?
Whatever it is, it’s weird. The tires are laughably small and the chrome accents don’t mesh well with the rugged exterior design. The vehicle itself is also on the smaller size, which is a bit unusual in itself — most of these modified SUVs are the full-sized models. Frankly, I’m glad I don’t know what this car is because that means it doesn’t exist on a grander scale.
I’m at a loss here. What is this car? The first correct guess will win a grand prize: the prestigious honor of having correctly identified a strange mystery vehicle.