Hi All,

This may of be interest to some: (Selling via Shannon's this monday 17th July - I have no direct link to the sale)

DESCRIPTIONOriginally developed for the Austrian Army as a post-war replacement for their ageing fleet of US Army surplus Jeeps, the Haflinger was a lightweight four-wheel drive all-purpose vehicle, designed by Erich Ledwinka and built by Steyr Puch.  Manufactured between 1959 and 1975, the Haflinger was powered by a rear-mounted 643cc horizontally-opposed and air-cooled twin-cylinder engine and had exceptional off-road ability thanks to the very low centre of gravity, front and rear locking diffs and long-travel fully independent suspension front and rear.  Another key attribute of the Haflinger that made it so useful in the battlefield was its remarkably low weight – at 600 kgs, it could be lifted by four soldiers yet still had a payload of 500 kg.  Approximately half the total Haflinger production of 16,647 saw service with military forces around the globe, including the Swiss, Austrian and even Australian Armies, while the rest were sold directly to civilian markets, often ending up as ambulances or with fire services.  It’s thought that approximately 50 Haflingers were sold to the Australian Army, each having its own trailer unit and they were mostly assigned to Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (RAEME) units for specialists who needed a vehicle for towing tools or other field equipment.  Few changes took place over the 16 years lifespan of the Haflinger, although later models received more powerful motors and a new five-speed gearbox with a Krawler gear.  The Haflinger enjoys a cult following around the world today and there is even an active club in Australia with a strong network of owners. HISTORY
  • Very original and nicely optioned Haflinger off-roader
  • Fresh from long term ownership
  • Offered at No Reserve
This remarkably well preserved Haflinger 700AP has been with the current owner for the past 34 years and must be one of the more original surviving examples left in Australia.  Fitted with a number of desirable Australian Army options, the vehicle was mechanically refurbished over an extended period in the 1990s, with the front differential and entire front end dismantled and reconditioned, as was the centre connecting tube, while the rear diff and gearbox had all new bearings, gears, gaskets and shafts fitted.  A new old stock PTO was installed at the same time, while the engine itself was dismantled and fully reconditioned with new bearings etc.  Only genuine Haflinger parts were used in the rebuild, sourced either locally or overseas and notable features include twin rear seats, a fresh canopy and dual fuel tanks as per Army specifications.  The owner has fitted a set of custom made road wheels and tyres as he felt the Haflinger was too good to risk off road, but does come with spare set of 13-inch Fiat rims.  Well maintained since the rebuild was completed in 2001, the vehicle has been carefully stored under cover in recent years and travelled very little distance.  Relatively simple to work on and with plenty of technical support available, both locally and overseas, this Haflinger presents a rare opportunity to acquire one of these cult off-roaders. On full Victorian registration up until 2016, The Haflinger will be offered for sale unregistered and at No Reserve.