This whole saga started out as a tip from damnElantra, aka jeremy! on a great eBay listing. We’ve talked several times on what would be the ideal starting-point for building a Post-Apocalyptic Taco Truck. Jeremy can always be counted on to find some of the most awesome vehicles out there, and this was no exception.
The listing is for a 1984 Pinzgauer, with a 6cyl turbo-diesel, in what appears to be fantastic condition. The price is gradually climbing fairly high, and there seems to be quite a bit of interest, so it should fetch quite a bit of money. But this is only the starting point of the story.
Because I’m trying to write this on my netbook, I haven’t had any luck at all in pulling the pictures out of the ad. On a long-shot, I decided to head over to Google Images to see if it was indexed; en route, I made a remarkable discovery of my own.
I stumbled across a company out of Laval, Quebec that may be one of the saviours of civilization itself in the upcoming Zombiepocalypse. Called Pinzgauer Canada, they specialize not only in Pinzgauers, but also in Unimogs, Gelandewagens, Haflingers and a heavily modified version of the Swedish Hagglund. They not only service them, but import them, inspect them, tune them, restore them, legalize them and sell them as readily-registered Canadian vehicles. For American customers, they work with the buyer to insure that they will be road-legal in the state they will be moving to.
Let’s face it, if we’re not seriously contemplating buying one of these things, we’re being irresponsible. Now I just have to decide. The Unimog is probably the best-looking; the Gelandewagen is the most conventional; the Pinzgauer is available in the most different configurations; the Hagglund is amphibious.
How are we supposed to decide!? Well, either way, I think it’s time so start saving some money, so I can fork it over to Pinzgauer Canada.