Several folks asked about
the green Syncro in the center of the group photo featured on the Ig.
16'' page. Thomas Niksch kindly
provided some additional information and photos. It is a 1989 syncro Multivan
TD and was previously owned by a civil engineer living in Berlin. He did a lot
of modifications on it. He has since sold the car to someone who is not a member
of the Ig 16'' group, and we have a picture of the remodeled van newly painted
and without the sponsor stickers.
Lots of nice details in this photo. Start with the photovoltaic panel on top of the luggage carrier. On the windshield, you'll notice that both wiper arms have the aerodynamic wing: in the US the vehicles were delivered with only one, on the driver's side. The headlamp screens are hinged at the bottom, and separate from the bumper bull bars. Behind the Puch emblem (a nice touch) appears to be a heat exchanger, perhaps for cooling oil? The front bumper assembly and winch are impressive, I hope the winch is high enough that it has not compromised the approach angle. Nice rubber moldings on the wheel wells, I am wondering if these were stock on 16'' vehicles. Behind the right front wheel, note what looks to be an auxiliary fuel fill point.
Here is the same car in its new silver incarnation.
The hot numbers here are the spare tire racks, that hinge to the side to allow
access to the rear hatch. Then we've got the folding bike racks attached to
the spare tires! These look nice - no compromising the ground clearance at all.
The cargo rack looks like it is holding a lot of jerry cans, painted white I
would presume they are holding water. It looks like there is a lot of weight
up high on this vehicle.
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