1974 International Harvester Scout II
You want an International Scout II because it looks tougher and is less common that just about any other capable 4x4. Now take that up an extra notch with this nicely restored example from 1974. The Scout took the industrial strength of International Harvester and put it in a consumer-sized utility vehicle. It was in production for nearly two decades, but this is the right version to choose for a thoughtful restoration like this. It's an early second-generation example that features the horizontal bar grille that was only available for a short time. This helps highlight the 4x4's blocky stance. Plus, the big front bumper with auxiliary lights, tow latches, and a Warn winch remind us that IH only makes industrial-grade vehicles. But you want this one for much more than its toughness. This one Scout stands out immediately with its full custom paint theme. The beige and maroon two-tone with double gray separating stripes utilizes an earthtone palette that looks like a desert evening. But the metallic shine also lets you know this nature-driven presentation will also look terrific on the city streets. Plus, details like the fender flares and polished wheels complete this exceptional total package. While you can remove the roof for cool open-top cruising, one look at the interior, and you know this one did not spend much of its life open to the world. That's also because they recently upgraded the seats, carpeting, door panels, and much more. Bucket seats and a center console make for a comfortable setup. Plus, you get distinct features like cruise control and a CB radio. There are even provisions for factory air conditioning. International's own 345 cubic-inch V8 means a unique presentation, and this optional motor looks quite authentic and honest. Plus, a recent investment in a new dual-barrel carburetor delivers the drivability you want on a classic like this. It's mated to a three-speed automatic transmission for easy driving, and the power steering and front disc brakes add to this usability everywhere. The Scout's four-wheel drive system is a stout Dana 20 two-speed transfer case that connects to Dana axles at both ends. So, while this might look like a great vehicle for Sunday cruising, just know that this one also has the right combo for true 4x4 toughness. But no matter where you drive it, this old-school SUV draws a crowd. In fact, Scouts hit that perfect sweet spot where they are not a common sight (since not many are around in this condition,) but there were enough produced that you don't have to worry about finding spare components. The sale comes with the full original buildsheet. It's a rare feature that will not only let you see the stout parts that go into the Scout, but also it's something that will really impress enthusiasts. This is a distinct 4x4 offered for quite an obtainable price. Don't let it slip away, call today!