Hoo boy, right this moment’s Overlandia topic simply could be the best all-purpose car for the reason that ’77 Buick Regal I owned as a 16-year-old that I (unsafely) fitted with all-terrain tires when my auto store instructor wasn’t watching and wheeled via some stunning terrain on the best way dwelling from faculty. However you don’t wish to examine that. You wish to examine this unimaginable Pinzgauer.
It’s a 1972 Pinzgauer 710M and the proprietor, Branden Powell, really makes use of it for legit off-road powerful responsibility. He’s turned the factor right into a rescue car he operates as a member of King County, Washington’s Search and Rescue staff, a nonprofit group that’s staffed solely by volunteers. How cool is that?
This truck is a first-gen Pinzgauer, inbuilt Graz, Austria (“Pinzgauer” is the title of a breed of a horse), by Steyr-Daimler-Puch—the identical manufacturing facility that produces the legendary Mercedes G-Wagon. The Pinzgauer mannequin bounced round with manufacturing in several areas below completely different possession teams earlier than the road was shuttered in 2007.
The “SARPinz” as Powell calls it, is powered by 2.7-liter motor that cranks out solely 130 horses, however the car is geared to crawl so the dearth of energy doesn’t a lot matter. It’s a four×four (clearly) and, just like the Unimog, it makes use of a novel “portal” axle system, with the axles sitting properly above the wheels, including an enormous quantity of floor clearance. The Pinzgauer will climb something and get the motive force anyplace they might ever wish to go. It’ll additionally maintain as much as 10 passengers.
Powell’s workhorse was owned and operated by the Swiss Military for a few years. When the Swiss determined (foolishly) to retire the Pinzgauer, Powell was capable of organize to select it up in San Diego and truck it north to his storage to start kitting the monster out. (You’ll be able to observe his construct narrative right here).
The rig is utilized in rescue missions in downtown Seattle, in addition to excessive within the snowy Cascades, relying on want. Powell factors out that there are an entire lot of metropolis people who enterprise as much as the excessive nation with out actually figuring out find out how to get themselves out of hassle, so he’s not in need of work.
He additionally makes use of the car for exploration and common overlanding, and he took dwelling the award for Overland Expo West’s “Cool Trip” in 2017.
No concept what he paid for it, or the place you can get your arms on one, however you’d be second in line behind me anyway.