No one will deny that times are tough around the world. First was the pandemic and then, hot on its coattails, we have been suffering from post-pandemic issues (notably economic and supply chain) that have made everyone’s daily life more difficult than desired. Among these hiccups in life, there is a segment of the population who feel there’s something more sinister going on, and it’s probably guaranteed they are prepared for what is to come. To those folks, we present the Pick of the Day, a 1972 Steyr-Daimler-Puch Pinzgauer for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Click the link to view the listing)
To those of you who are not familiar with the Steyr name or this vehicle, the Pinzgauer was built by Steyr-Daimler-Puch, an Austrian company that is now known as Magna Steyr. The Pinzgauer (named after a particular breed of cattle) was an all-terrain 4WD (and 6WD) military utility vehicle produced from 1971-2000, though civilian version were also built. Many armies around the world have used the Pinzgauer, which can be distinguished by the more familiar Humvee by its better off-road capabilities and ability to carry more people.
Power came from a Steyr-designed, 2.5-liter air-cooled inline-four, though 5- and 6-cylinder Volkswagen turbodiesels eventually replaced the four in 1986. Transmission was a five-speed manual with two-speed transfer case.
The United States Army purchased 20 Pinzgauers for its Delta Force over 30 years ago. They were also used in the Desert Storm and Iraq War before being decommissioned during the Obama presidency.
The seller of this 1972 Steyr-Daimler-Puch Pinzgauer says this 710M (the M means soft top with up to 10 rear passenger seats) troop carrier came from the Swiss army. “Runs and drives great, [with] black troop carrier in nice condition.” The body is clean with no rust, and there is a “new front top [with] good rear top.” Traction — an important element of a vehicle of this caliber — is handled by Goodyear 265-75R16s with 90% tread. Inside, you’ll find “new seat cushions front and rear.” Features include LED headlights and taillights, SS1 ignition upgrade, new electronic speedometer and tachometer, stainless steel muffler, tool kit including shovel and tow cable, and more.
When the marauding hordes of undesirables come knocking, you want to be prepared for the worst. When no other vehicle will do, the 1972 Steyr-Daimler-Puch Pinzgauer has got your back. For $29,500, that’s a small price to pay for your family’s protection.