The Ultimate High-Mobility All-Terrain Vehicle
The Pinzgauer 4x4 and 6x6 military trucks are an all-terrain utility vehicle unlike any other. The Pinzgauer truck was first manufactured by Austrian based Steyr-Daimler-Puch. The first Pinzgauer came into service in the early to middle 1960s and has been very popular ever since.
The majority of Pinzgauers (also sometimes incorrectly spelled Penzgauer and Pingauer) that were released from the Swiss Army are in great condition for their age and yet can still be a little pricy with resell values anywhere between $10k - $50,000 USD. The Pinzgauer trucks are not only awesome cosmetically, but are incredible off road beasts that can handle pretty much any terrain they come across.
These trucks are quite different in performance and structural design from other common off road 4x4 trucks in that these Pinzgauers have a high ground clearance (16.5” under differential), almost 45 degree front and rear angle clearance and independent suspension all around. Fording depth through water and mud is about 2-3 feet deep without any need for wading plugs.
When the first Pinzgauer trucks starting coming off the assembly lines, they were 3 times the cost of a new Land Rover model 110 and far surpassed the land rover design, engineering, and build quality. The Pinzgauer was conceived with its target audience being 99% military, so cost didn’t really come into the equation.
The Pinzgauer 710 series 4x4 truck is relatively light weight at 5,300 lbs but can handle a payload of 2200 lbs. The Pinzgauer has quite a bit of power with its rather special 2.5 liter four cylinder 90bhp air cooled gas engine. The engine is mounted high above the front axle. There are two oil pumps to ensure adequate oil circulation at any angle of inclination and twin down draft carburetors to get the fuel in quickly when needed. The dual carburetors will also operate at odd angles and /or with high G forces as well. Pinzgauer owners say that average fuel consumption is about 16-18 mpg for general use and when towing trailers up to 7,000 lbs fuel consumption levels never dropped below 13mpg.
Air cooled engine means no radiator or radiator problems to worry about and the electrical system is a totally water proofed 24 volt system. On asphalt or highway, you can drive with only rear axle and engage into four-wheel-drive by selecting a dashboard mounted lever which hydraulically engages the front axle. The differential locks are also available for front and rear axle independently engaged via the same hydraulic method and all available on the move without the need to stop or clutch the transmission or gear box.
The 6 wheel drive version, the 712M, has leaf springs in the rear for added weight capacity and can handle up to 3,300 lbs payload. Most of the 712 series are hard sided bus like and fully enclosed that will make for a great ASF specialty vehicle to take to Airsoft Events.
We plan to purchase one and customize it to represent AirsoftForum.com. We will take this truck to various sporting and airsoft events to promote AirsoftForum.com.
Depending on which sponsorship package you choose, we may paint or decal your name or website on the truck itself and we might also be bringing this Awesome Beast to your next airsoft event!
Attached are some various Pinzgauer photos to give you some ideas on what we want to do with this truck. Pictured are both 710 and 712 models (4x4 and 6x6) versions of the Pinz. Also listed with the photos is a green Dually. I have a white Chevy dually and will most likely be painting mine to a similar color scheme (Zombie Apocalypse Edition) and buying a trailer to tow the Pinzgauer with to airsoft events. If the event is close enough, we'll just drive the Pinzgauer there. But for events across the US, I'll probably tow the Pinz there with my dually.
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