Planning, tinkering, screwing, spackling and assembling were the motto in the Postbus workshops in Wolfurt, Innsbruck and Zell am See over the past months. Not on large buses, however, but on a small vintage car. The reason for this was the first cross-border apprentice project of Postbus with the historical name "Puch 500". Under the expert guidance of their apprentice trainers, the apprentices from the workshops in Zell am See, Innsbruck and Wolfurt disassembled a Puch 500 vintage car built in 1971 - affectionately known as "Puch-Schammerl" in the vernacular - from autumn 2021 to summer 2022, refurbished it, restored it true to the original, reassembled it and made it roadworthy.
Creative training project for a good cause
In the meantime, the vintage car is shining in new splendour for a good cause. The top-restored historic vehicle was symbolically handed over to Licht ins Dunkel Managing Director Mario Thaler and ORF's "Licht ins Dunkel" manager Pius Strobl on 24 November at the ÖBB headquarters in Vienna by Postbus CEO Alfred Loidl together with the apprentices. The guests and media representatives present were enthusiastic about what the Postbus apprentices had achieved here and were amazed at the high level of training offered to the apprentices.
On 17 December, the oldie will be auctioned off as part of the main evening programme "ORF III Weihnachtszauber" (ORF III Christmas Magic) in aid of Licht ins Dunkel Auktion. However, bidding can begin as early as 28 November on the Dorotheum auction website or live on site on 17 December at the ORF Radio Kulturhaus or by telephone.
Call price: € 10.000.-
Click here for a short review of the refurbishment of the Steyr-Daimler-Puch 500.