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From military runabout to adventurous globetrotter

Photo: Photo: Lorinser Classic

 

A former Swiss Army Puch 230 GE has been converted into a stylish expedition vehicle that is now available to buy – for a cool 69,000 euros that is.

Lorinser Classic has converted a former Swiss Army Puch 230 GE into an expedition vehicle. Photo: Lorinser Classic

Over the years German-based  Lorinser Classic has sold countless Puch Gs from Swiss army stocks and converted others. “The demand was and remains enormous,” said the company’s MD Marcus Lorinser.

Having a few 230 GEs with hardtop, the idea was born to build an expedition ready recreational vehicle. Not only did it need exceptional off road abilities, it also needed high levels of comfort and to look the part. The design of the superstructure goes back to maps from cartographer Petrus Bertius from the 17th century, a time when the era of travelling began for the well-heeled classes.

Lorinser Classic has converted a former Swiss Army Puch 230 GE into an expedition vehicle. Photo: Lorinser Classic

As for its off road capabilities, the Lorinser Classic built ‘G’ features all-wheel drive as well as a rear axle differential lock. The basis for the vehicle is a Puch 230 GE with a 116hp  (85 kW) 4-cylinder petrol engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The Puch underwent extensive work, as Marcus explains: “We painted the body in a matt, green-gray color, blasted the underbody with dry ice and preserved it, refurbished the seats and worked on many other features. The engine with a mileage of only 88,000 km was already in very good condition.”

Lorinser Classic has converted a former Swiss Army Puch 230 GE into an expedition vehicle. Photo: Lorinser Classic

A towbar, LED headlights, wheel spacers and all-terrain tires from BF Goodrich on DOTZ 4×4 steel rims were also added.

For the living quarters in the superstructure, the Lorinser team added a new coat of paint, including a polyurethane coating and applied a foil wrap with the map design. Despite the compact cab, it was possible to create a practical room with enough space to integrate numerous comfort extras.

Lorinser Classic has converted a former Swiss Army Puch 230 GE into an expedition vehicle. Photo: Lorinser Classic

Occupants can enjoy auxiliary heating, 220 V outlets, a microwave, a combined kitchen and bathroom sink with water tank, a folding table and two folding beds. Built-in cupboards and integrated panniers offer storage space while sliding side windows and a tilting skylight provide ventilation. The windscreen and the window in the rear door also allow light into the space.

Lorinser Classic has converted a former Swiss Army Puch 230 GE into an expedition vehicle. Photo: Lorinser Classic

For especially hot days, there is an awning for a comfortable outside experience and an outdoor shower, which is easily connected. Power is supplied by the vehicle batteries, which can be charged through the solar panels on the roof or with electricity. This makes the RV ready for any situation – whether at a campsite or on an expedition trip.

Lorinser Classic has converted a former Swiss Army Puch 230 GE into an expedition vehicle. Photo: Lorinser Classic

Interested? In addition to the Puch G described, Lorinser Classic said it still had plenty of base vehicles which can be built up to individual customer specifications.

 

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