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.
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.
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.