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Pinzgauer 710M 4x4 model
Pinzgauer 710M 4×4 model (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, everyone that has heard of Pinzgauer, raise your hand. Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

The Swiss military has been a pretty good source for released older vehicles. They are extremely capable in both 4×4 and 6×6 versions.

They are fairly small, quite light, they don’t make much power… and with the portal axles, they have extreme ground clearance. They are also generally well geared for off-road use.

Air-cooled, swing-axles and forward control aren’t words normally associated with high-performance off-road vehicles.  Air-cooled and swing-axle is more likely to bring VW Bugs to mind than military transport vehicles.  But they were able to make it work.

The 4wd club I’m in has a member with a Pinz.  The kids LOVE to ride in it on the trails.  When we do the Mud4Blood event, it is always a crowd favorite.

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