Exciting special-purpose bodies from Lorinser Classic

Exciting special-purpose bodies from Lorinser Classic

19.06.2020: Puch G as a rare ambulance variant from the Swiss DDPS department There are only 46 official Mercedes-Classic Partners in Germany – and Lorinser Classic from Waiblingen is one of them. In addition to classic roadsters, cabriolets, coupés and seda

Puch G as a rare ambulance variant from the Swiss DDPS department




There are only 46 official Mercedes-Classic Partners in Germany – and Lorinser Classic from Waiblingen is one of them. In addition to classic roadsters, cabriolets, coupés and sedans, more and more G-Class vehicles can be found in the company’s pool of classic cars. Almost all of these originally come from the Swiss Army, where they went under the name of Puch.



In addition to the standard versions, a campervan conversion and several “Restomods”, the current range also includes a particularly interesting special-purpose body. it is a quite rare ambulance vehicle from the pool of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), which also plays an important role in the current coronavirus crisis.



The Puch 290 GD ambulance, first registered in 7/1994, is in extremely good original condition despite its age: The vehicle, which is painted in the civilian color “Arctic White” has a mileage of only 4,500 km. It could therefore be quite worthwhile for the new owner to preserve this all-wheel drive vehicle as a part of contemporary history.




After all, the G-Class vehicles with box bodies are usually turned into off-road campervans. One of those vehicles is currently available from Lorinser Classic – it was recently built on the basis of a military G-Class with hard top. But back to the “ambo” from Switzerland.



For 79,900 euros, a customer can buy a true piece of history. The spacious body still contains the original frames for the stretchers and a breathing apparatus. To reduce stress for patients and personnel on hot days, the ambulance is air-conditioned in the front and rear. The engine is a 5-cylinder diesel with 95 HP (70 kW) and a maximum torque of 192 Nm. These power reserves are handled by a 5-speed manual transmission.




Of course, a G always feels most at home on rough terrain. In addition to the auxiliary all-wheel drive with gear reduction, this specimen is also equipped with differential locks on the front and rear axles. And if a tire should go flat, a full spare wheel is stored on the roof rack. This means the 26-year old ambulance vehicle is still ready for any off-road challenge. After all, its purpose is to rescue injured and sick people on any terrain.






Dominik Mack    Andreas Hempfling - photos Lorinser

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