In 1961, International Harvester of Fort Wayne, Indiana introduced its version of the Willys Jeep to the world. The International Scout for sale joined the Jeep as one of the first civilian American SUVs. Because it was created to compete with the Jeep, the Scout had a similar body style that included folding windshields and removable hard or soft roofs. While the Scout was only in production for less than 20 years (1961 to 1980), it had a huge impact on the automotive world. In fact, the International Scout for sale is still a highly sought after vehicle today. This is because it is a small and sturdy vehicle, safe and just great.
During the 19-year reign of the International Scout, there were roughly six production models and a host of “special editions” and so forth. However, it all started with the Scout 80 and 800. Produced between 1961 and 1971. The 80/800 are the original Scout models. However, the first International Scout for sale to roll off the production line touted a 93-horsepower 4-cylinder under-hood, 3-speed, floor-mounted transmission, vacuum wiper, and was available with all-wheel drive. 2 wheels and 4 wheel drive.
The Scout 80s were built between 1960 and 1965 and the first Scout 80 was introduced to the public on January 18, 1961. It had the distinctive box shape of the 1960-1961 models with sliding side windows. It had a 152 4-cylinder engine, vacuum wiper and the Jeep-inspired folding windshield. However, probably the most remarkable thing about the Scout 80 is that, as an introductory model to the Scout line, it was conceived, developed and produced in an astonishing period of time – less than two years. Given the auto industry of the 1960s, this was no small feat.
The Scout 800 made its appearance in late 1965 through mid-1971. This was the more “civilized” version of the Scout, with a fixed windshield, wipers mounted to the bottom of the windshield, and bucket seats for added comfort. Buyers had a choice of a 196 4-cylinder engine, a 232 Inline-6, a 266 V-8, or a 304 V-8 (which entered the ring on the 1969 production model, as well as older models. new). Designed to provide more comfort than previous rugged and prepared models, the 800 had a better instrumentation system, a better heating system, and even optional rear seats.
Other models included the 810 that appeared in 1971, the Scout II from 1971 to 1980, the Scout II Terra from 1976 to 1980, the Scout II Traveler from 1976 to 1980, and the Soft top Safari II from 1977 to 1979. What’s interesting about it Soft top Safari II, or SSII as International Harvester labeled it, was that most buyers did not know that the SSII was actually referring to the name Soft top Safari, they did not even know that was the name! People began to assume that SS stood for Super Scout, which is how this model is known today.
The Scout was successful in giving the Jeep a shot for its money. Today he stands next to the Jeep, defending himself, in a class by himself. You can find more information about the International Harvester Scout on my blog.