The World's Best All-Terrain Utility Truck Came from Austria

For 29 years, the Pinzgauer was built by the same team in Austria that makes the G-Wagen.

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The original Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the Pinzgauer all-terrain vehicle were developed and built by the joint venture formerly known as Steyr-Daimler-Puch. The Pinzgauer was designed as a replacement of the more vulnerable, yet . Named after an Austrian breed of horse and available with 4x4 or 6x6 drive, the Pinzgauer remained in production until 2007, by which point it was built by a British defense group. The Austrian line was shut down in 2000, leaving the G-Wagens carry the Steyr-Daimler-Puch torch.

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Today, the Austrian company Magna builds cars—including the upcoming BMW Z4—while in a separate hall, classic Gs are hand-made for various governments to enjoy. The rest of Steyr-Daimler-Puch's military workshop was sold to General Dynamics, while the rights to the Pinzgauer landed at BAE Systems. But volunteer 1972 710M is one of the early originals, and a truck that didn't leave the factory as a civilian model.

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Instead, Powell managed to get a 710M retired by the Swiss Army, and turned it into the greatest all-purpose vehicle in the state of Washington. Now, he uses it to strengthen the King County's Search and Rescue team, often finding himself in the city instead of the woods. But the Pinzgauer works, no matter where a challenge takes you. It's an Austrian tool, previously used by the Swiss, perfected by an American. Geared to conquer, designed to comfort those in need, it's simply the best.


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