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The WARN Pinzgauer
Written: December 14, 2011
by Words Andy Lilienthal, photos by Ian Westmoreland
I've been with Warn Industries for more than five years. In that time I've gotten to know the history of the company, seen pictures of unique older product, and learned about past WARN project vehicles. We've had quite a bit of vehicles associated with our brand, but this one I hadn't heard about until recently.

While on ExpeditionPortal.com last month, I ran across a thread where a Nissan Patrol owner was talking about the old "WARN Pinz." Wait a minute ... Warn Industries had a Pinzgauer? For those unfamiliar with the vehicle, a Pinzgauer (or "Pinz" for short) is an extremely capable European off-road vehicle that was often used in European military applications. But like many older off-road military vehicles, they can be purchased for civilian use. I replied to the thread on Expedition Portal, and mentioned how I would've loved to have seen the WARN Pinz, and didn't know we had one.

WARN Pinzgauer

I started to ask around the office about the vehicle. A few people knew that Mike Warn, as in former owner of Warn Industries, indeed had a Pinzgauer over in Europe and believed he ran it in a European off-road rally. Details were scarce. But, shortly after hearing about the Pinz, someone posted several photos of the vehicle on our Facebook page.

In a quest to learn more about this 6x6, I sent a message to the poster of the images, Ian Westmoreland, who said he actually owned the WARN Pinz--a 1975 model 712--for a while. According to Ian, Mike Warn had the vehicle prepped in Germany to run in the 1994 Transylvania Trophy, and did compete in the event. It wasn't modified too much except for the exocage/snorkel, racing seats, safety equipment, some aluminum storage boxes, and the WARN paint scheme.

WARN Pinzgauer

Ian said Mike wanted to bring the vehicle to the U.S., but it couldn't be imported because it was newer than 25 years of age at the time. Instead, Mike sold the vehicle in Germany where it was used as a support vehicle in Europe and North Africa.

In 2000 the truck was imported into the U.S. by Sean Philyaw, who runs EuroTruck Importers. The vehicle was sold to a buyer in Indiana, then Ian bought the vehicle in 2002.

WARN Pinz water crossing

"When I got the truck, it had seen many years of hard use," Ian said. "I installed a 9,500 lb. WARN winch, redid and updated the suspension, put new brakes all around, added a new clutch, and new ignition." Ian also installed a set of 34" x 9.5" boggers.

WARN Pinzgauer

Ian drove the Pinz around Wyoming for a few years until he sold it in 2005. He apparently had contacted Mike and asked if he'd like to buy it back, but he declined. Ian sold the vehicle to a local buyer in 2007 and hasn't seen it since.

Perhaps the illusive WARN Pinzguaer is still out there somewhere. Who knows? Maybe the ex-Austrian Army vehicle will surface again (most were actually ex-Swiss vehicles, so this one was even more rare). To me, it remains one of the most interesting WARN vehicles the company has ever had.

A big thanks to Ian Westmoreland for passing on this information and for letting use his photos.
WARN Pinzgauer



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#1
says
December 15, 2011 at 05:07 AM
Great looking rig, and kind of cool. Don't see any in muskoka, Wishing we did now. GREAT JOB WARN!

#1
says
December 15, 2011 at 05:07 AM
Great looking rig, and kind of cool. Don't see any in muskoka, Wishing we did now. GREAT JOB WARN!

#2
says
December 15, 2011 at 08:53 AM
Good memorys on good old times, we - Wolfgang Mayer
from Taubenreuther Austria and myself got 1993 the order
to find a 6x6 for Mike - he didn't liked the 4x4 ! At this time
this vehicle was rare but we found one on a hunting farm in
Hungary and we get the truck back to Austria where the ex
military Pinzgauer was made into the WARN Pinzgauer for
the Transsylvania Trophy 1994 (we still have an original
video tape!) You are right the Pinzgauer went in 1995
to the Warn Adventure Marrocco in 1996 for a lot of 4x4 events to UK with Vince Cobley some events in Germany
1997 sold and resold to USA - this truck has a long history.
Christmas greatings from Germany

#2
says
December 15, 2011 at 08:53 AM
Good memorys on good old times, we - Wolfgang Mayer
from Taubenreuther Austria and myself got 1993 the order
to find a 6x6 for Mike - he didn't liked the 4x4 ! At this time
this vehicle was rare but we found one on a hunting farm in
Hungary and we get the truck back to Austria where the ex
military Pinzgauer was made into the WARN Pinzgauer for
the Transsylvania Trophy 1994 (we still have an original
video tape!) You are right the Pinzgauer went in 1995
to the Warn Adventure Marrocco in 1996 for a lot of 4x4 events to UK with Vince Cobley some events in Germany
1997 sold and resold to USA - this truck has a long history.
Christmas greatings from Germany

#3
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says
December 15, 2011 at 09:01 AM
Thanks for the additional info, Peter. Frohe Weihnachten!