1973 Steyr-Daimler-Puch Pinzgauer

This Austrian vehicle is one of my favorites and our 1973 model has become a member of the family.

It is one of the most capable and best engineered vehicles I have ever seen or driven.  

 

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Pinzgauer Introduction:

 

The Steyr-Daimler-Puch Pinzgauer is an Austrian made multi-use vehicle sold both to civilian and military customers. It is decended form the famous Hafflinger, and in many aspects is just a larger version of that vehicle. 

The Swiss Army was one of the largest users of the Pinz, and when they converted to a domestic diesel vehicle their large stock of 70's vintage vehicles were auctioned off. Many of these made it to the US, with less interest from Europe due to the higher gas costs and preference for diesel.

The Pinz is an extremely capable offroad vehicle with it's portal axles, front and rear locking diffs, central tube independent suspension, and excellent approach/departure angles. While the unique design does not lend itself to lift kits like conventional 4x4's, in many aspects that type of modification is simply not needed. As a bonus, the Pinz retains excellent road manners compared to other vehicles from the early 70's, and has many features like power brakes and 5 speed transmission that were very rare in 4x4's at that time.

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Our Pinzgauer:

We bought our Pinz around 2000-2001. I was still working with conventional 4x4's, and became aware that ex-Swiss vehicles were available at very reasonable pricing. After some investigation and test drives, we decided to buy our Pinz as we could use it right away as a pickup for the property but would also make a neat project vehicles. I sold the Dart & Town Wagon projects largely funded the Pinz purchase. 

In the 10-15 years we've owned the Pinz I've made some upgrades (See the Mods section below).

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Modifications to my Pinz

From the factory these are very capable vehicles. But there are several modifications that can improve comfort, drivability, and offroad performance


Here are various photos of pinz's I have collected. Some I can identify the photographer, most I cannot. Many of these I stashed away as they arrived in various mailing lists, etc. So, these are not mine. So I don't know who the copyright owner is, but it is not me!

Company History:

Steyr-Daimler-Puch has a long automotive history. The three companies who merged to form SDP each played major roles in automotive development and there are some very familiar names like Dr. Porsche and Dr. Ledwinka. Some of the more interesting aspects can be seen here.

Information on the Pinzgauer can be hard to find. Here's some that I have found useful:

  • Pinz Article This is a neat article announcing the Pinz as the next Swiss Army standard vehicle. Lot's of good details.
  • Pinz Brochure (modern TD)

I have also compiled a list of reference materials that contain information on the Pinzgauer.


 

Pinzgauer Expedition Vehicles (PinzTrek)

The Pinzgauer makes an excellent expedition vehicle for trekking. 

The original Pinztrek site has information on different options and approaches:
http://www.pinztrek.com/trek/trek.htm

Pinzgauer Treffen

Or PinzgauerTreffen as it's written in German. Treffen is the German word for event or meet... a gathering. 

So a PinzTreffen is a gathering of Pinzgauer fans, usually including offroading, exotic locations, and lot's of fun! The PinzTreffen site is intended to be a non-commercial compilation of all the known PinzTreffens.

The original PinzTreffen site can be accessed here while we are porting the pages:
http://www.pinztrek.com/pinztreffen

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