If you’re looking to own a work of art that you can drive on rough off-road trails, we’ve got the truck for you. Thanks to an upcoming auction by RM Sotheby’s, you may own an army-derived truck personalized by artist Nico Sclater, aka Ornamental Conifer. This rugged Steyr-Puch Pinzgauer was built to tackle the world’s toughest terrain with precise engineering and simple construction.
From 1971 to 2007, Steyr-Puch built the Pinzgauer for military transport applications in the world’s most difficult theaters of operation. Power comes from a 2.5-liter air-cooled inline-4 that produces a low output of 87 horsepower. The Pinzgauer’s top speed is around 60mph, so don’t expect to go where you want to go fast. To keep things simple, the Pinzgauer uses a 5-speed manual transmission mated to a 2-speed transfer case. The real magic of the Pinzgauer lies in its off-road capabilities and customization.
The Pinzgauer was available in either the four-wheeled 710 model or the six-wheeled 712 model. Regardless of the number of wheels, the Pinzgauer used portal axles to achieve better ground clearance when tackling difficult terrain. The 710 models could easily be converted to a six-wheeler Model 712 for owners looking for better traction and more Instagram likes. This particular Pinzgauer started life as a four-wheeled 710 model and was converted to a six-wheeled 712DK configuration.
Artist Nico Sclater took his Pinzguer and made it his last canvas adding unique artist touches to each surface. This interesting approach to functional art is Sclater’s specialty as he seeks to put art on interesting canvases.
RM Sotheby’s has a guide price of $ 60,000 to $ 80,000 for this special Pinzguer. That’s a lot of money considering the fact that the typical Pinzguer 712 regularly sells in the $ 30,000 range, but that’s the price you pay for a work of art.