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I’ve been on a bit of a Pinzgauer kick lately. Here’s a video showing a body-off look at the drivetrain, how 4-wheel-drive is engaged, how the differentials lock, and how the axles articulate. It’s interesting to see how this top-level 4×4 works.

1978 Pinzgauer article, via WCXC

Did you know that in the late 1970s Steyr-Puch contemplated bringing the Pinzgauer to the U.S.? I recently found this June, 1978, Car and Driver article in which a young David E. Davis, Jr. (who later went on to found Automobile magazine) writes about driving a Pinzgauer 710K as a year-long test vehicle.

At the time, the estimated base price was $30,000 ($108,928 in 2014 dollars). As far as I’ve been able to find out, they were never imported to the U.S. when new.

It’s interesting to read a first-hand report of the driving experience, having never had a chance to get behind the wheel myself. See the scans of the article after the jump or link to them at the source site below.

1978 Car and Driver article, Pinzgauer article
Other articles from the same website

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Here’s a well-shot video of Pinzgauer 710M negotiating the Defense Mine / Cummings Cutoff trail in south-eastern California’s Panamint Valley. The driver doesn’t always choose the best lines, and the trail is pretty tough, but the ability of the vehicle is unfailing. It’s amazing to see what these trucks can do.


This video explains a bit about the Pinzgauer’s central tube chassis which keeps the vehicle torsionally stiff and its center of gravity low. It dates from between 2000 and 2005 when the rights to the Pinzgauer were sold to Automotive Technik Ltd. in the UK.

The guy doing the explaining has a Scottish accent, which is awesome.


There’s only one day left on this Mat Tracks-equipped Pinzgauer 710M. The seller states the Mat Tracks alone are a $35,000 upgrade. The tracks would make this truck unstoppable in deep snow. The original wheels and tires are said to be included. Paint is also said to be new. Mileage: 50,000 (km, I’m assuming).

The truck is listed on ebay with a Buy-it-now price of $27,500, and is located in Marathon, Florida.

More photos after the jump.

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It’s amazing to see what a Pinzgauer 712 (the 6×6 version) can do on a test track. This looks like footage from a Scottish emergency vehicle proving ground. 40mph over deeply rutted roads and it doesn’t flinch. Oh my days!


Here’s a Pinzgauer 712K with a cool, camo paint job going for a drive in what appears to be the Russian Countryside. Quite a nice little video.


This nice looking 1975 Volvo TGB 11 is currently being offered for sale on Unimog Exchange. If you’re familiar with these trucks, you know that the Volvo TGBs, which come in 4×4 and 6×6 versions, are the military cousins of the civilian Volvo C303. They’re extremely capable trucks thanks to such off-road luxuries as locking front and rear differentials and portal axles.

This particular truck is said to have a custom bumper with winch, HID headlights, and IFR driving lights. The interior is said to have new upholstery and trim, and Dynamat sound insulation. Under the hood the seller calls out a Pertronix Flame Thrower coil, and 24 and 12 volt electrical systems. The truck is said to be fully galvanized with no rust issues and painted with German camo paint.

These trucks were made for ten years from 1974 to 1984, and were offered with a 3-liter, straight six, Volvo B30 engine good for 130hp in carburetted form and 175hp when equipped with fuel injection.

This one is said to have just under 37,000 km on the clock and is offered for $30,000 in Castle Rock, Colorado.

I posted about a restored Volvo C303 last year that reportedly sold for less than $20k in 2009. From what I’ve seen online, similar trucks are selling in the $20k to $25k range.

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This Volvo TGB 11 on Unimog Exchange

Similar trucks for sale previously covered on WCXC:
1975 Volvo C303

1975 Volvo TGB 1314
1975 Volvo TGB 11 Camper

1972 Pinzgauer 710M
1971 Pinzgauer 710K
1974 Pinzgauer 710K

1974 Unimog 406 DoKA

Volvo C303 Wikipedia page
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Here’s a 1974 Pinzgauer 710K radio truck for sale that started its life in the Austrian army. The ad states that the truck was restored, and treated to a new body, by Steyr Puch in 1996. The truck also includes an Espar heater, a heater independent of the engine-based heater system.

Pinzgauers have centrally located, air-cooled, 4-cylinder engines, locking differentials front and rear, and portal axles for increased ground clearance.

The truck is offered for $24,900 by Swiss Army Vehicles in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Swiss Army Vehicles
Pinzgauer Wikipedia page

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If you hurry, you can still grab this 1971 Pinzgauer 710K off of ebay. It’s a claimed 21,000-mile barn find. The seller writes that it was imported from Switzerland, upgraded, and put away, but not without being run once a month. Sounds ideal. Do the goods live up to the story? You won’t even have to drive to Idaho to check. The seller says he’ll drive it to you (up to 2,000 miles).

You know the rest of the details: 2.5-liter, 90 hp, gasoline engine; 5-spd, manual transmission; 2-spd transfer case; and portal axles.

As I said, the truck is located in Idaho. Bidding currently stands at $14,600 with less than 24 hours left on the clock.

Update 4/28/2013: This truck sold for $20,100.

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