Who says a camper can only be a van?
If you want to live in a vehicle, a van like the Mercedes-Benz Metris is a great place to start. For those who want something more retro and aren't in love with the idea of driving a van, a classic pickup truck can also make an interesting camper. But what if you want something even more unique?
Lorinser is a German tuner that specializes in building luxury vehicles based on modern Mercedes models. The company would normally set its sights on a 2020 Mercedes Benz G-Class but has instead opted to restore a handful of ex-Swiss Army G-Wagens. If you want a totally unique camping vehicle, look no further.
This particular is example is a 1993 230GE, which wears a Puch badge rather than the Mercedes three-pointed star. The G-Class was once sold as a Puch in markets like Austria and Switzerland, which could be a fun bit of trivia for the next time you go to a Mercedes car meetup.
Here's the best part: since this example was built in 1993, it is legally eligible to be imported into the United States!
Lorinser took the 230GE and installed a hardtop that is painted with a map, originally drawn by Flemish cartographer Petrus Bertius during the 17th century. The body was painted in a green-gray matt color while the 116 horsepower four-cylinder and four-speed automatic transmission were both left alone. Other modifications include brighter LED headlights and modern steel wheels with BF Goodrich tires.
The Puch has less space than most camper vans but it appears to house plenty of room to sleep two adults with as many beds. It also includes a microwave, kitchenette, sink, two folding tables, hand shower, and auxiliary heating. There are even solar panels on the roof to power some of the equipment. Lorinser says the G-Wagen only has 88,000 kilometers (55,000 miles) on the odometer and the restored vehicle is now up for sale with a list price of 69,900 euros ($75,705). That's cheaper than your average house, that's for sure.
Would you venture off into the wilderness in this thing? Let us know in the comments below.