1972 Steyr-Puch Pinzgauer 710M
I've had the vehicle for about 12 years, I've been the only owner since it was surplus'd by the Swiss army in 1997. I've driven it round-trip from San Diego to Reno (Burning Man) several times, lots of desert and mountain camping trips, and a fair amount of puttering around town.
As noted below I've spent all my effort (and money!) on keeping the vehicle in top shape mechanically. Cosmetically I haven't bothered, since it's a working/camping truck. They can be restored - all parts you need are available - and in restored condition it would be worth more than double what I'm asking.
Why am I selling? I recently got the Pinzgauer's "little brother", a Haflinger, and I don't have room/time for both!
-Refurbished and balanced main driveshaft. There's a common issue here with the main internal driveshaft where it gets unbalanced; it has been replaced by a solid one and most of the highway-speed vibrations went away. This was not cheap, but most of the seals and bearings in the driveline were replaced at the same time. The truck drives really really nicely, especially if you've compared to other 710Ms. It has the stock engine and transmission, so highway speed tops out at around 60mph, it seems to be a little happier at around 55.
-4 new BFG Mud Terrain tires, I'll have to go look up the size, but they're a good size.
-Recent service by Jim Laguardia/Goatwerks (www.goatwerks.com), who can also vouch for the condition of the vehicle.
-Carbs just rebuilt/rebalanced and running great.
-Civilian ignition system from Expedition imports, including Pertronix.
-Good compression on all cylinders, recently checked.
-Gas tank protector ("roll cage" around the tank)
-Tow bar allowing the vehicle to be flat-towed.
-Most everything else is stock and intact.
-Service manual included.
-Speedo is dead. Was working, replaced the cable, worked for a while longer, cable went out again. May be cable or head. Most likely you'll want to replace this with an aftermarket speedo.
-Door bottoms are a bit rusty, replaceable.
-Canvas top is pretty rough, especially the back part.
-Front seats are original, and pretty rough, but they're still comfortable enough. Aftermarket seats are available.
-It's no beauty queen - as is typical, different areas were painted by the military as needed, so they're different colors. Pinzgauers look great in white, black, yellow, red - your choice! I prefer the original green.
-No radio. It's possible to put one in but there isn't a standard radio slot.
50,000-some kilometers (see note about speedo, above)
Location: Carlsbad, CA
Price: $10,000. You will not find a less expensive Pinzgauer in this mechanical condition!
Email or call 760-420-4672 Fred
(general Pinzgauer info
Forums: real4x4forums.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and Calpinzclub@yahoogroups.com Parts suppliers: www.expedition-imports.com, coldwarremarketing.com, www.swissarmyvehicles.com, www.goatwerks.com, and others. They're fairly easy to work on, engine-wise they're not much different from Volkswagens or light planes - air-cooled, simple and dependable. Around town they get a lot of attention. This 710M (4-wheel, soft top) model seats ten adults, and has a cargo area larger than a queen sized bed. It will haul its own weight in cargo. It's better on the freeway than a Unimog, people say it drives a lot like a Vanagon. It gets around 15 miles per gallon of standard unleaded. Offroad, they have eleven inches of clearance (portal axles!), three locking differentials and are nearly unstoppable. I've been on off-road club trips on terrain where I've been amazed with the capability of the vehicle - it easily keeps up with heavily modified Land Rovers. You may be able to find a local mechanic in your area; there are specialists, or your local VW or Porsche mechanic will be able to figure it out - but it's a lot better to learn to do it yourself.