First generation 4x4s like this 1962 International Harvester Scout 80 are always a great sight because it's the kind of off-roader we just don't see anymore. So to find one that also has been given the right investments to be quite clean, straight, and complete really makes us take notice.
The red paint is striking on this Scout. They invested in a recent application with plenty of gloss and shine. It loves to show off the unique details of the sheetmetal, like the nicely flared .....
fenders and how the hood rolls at the end to be an integral part of the front-end design. So this one is quite desirable even before you think about rarity. We all know why we don't see as many Scouts as Jeeps out on the classic vehicle scene. International Harvester made industrial equipment, and their utility vehicles were specifically built to appeal to their hard-working clientele. These Scouts went to work, and they worked hard. So not only did IH have lower production numbers than other manufacturers, but also many of these first-gen Scouts never left the farm. That's why it's extra-impressive to find one with well-done body panels, doors that close with authority, and a little extra flair in the polished 15-inch wheels.
The gray interior has a simple but sturdy setup that's another reminder of the workman roots. Even with the minimalist appearance, there is room for some standout style, including the IH logo on the gauges, steering wheel, and custom seatback. These were built to be versatile and rugged, and that tradition continues with liner paint on the floor and in the diamond plate bed. This robust design means it's easy to stay open to the world, and this one has been upgraded nicely with a custom roll bar covered in gray padding to match the seat. And the large gray bikini top coordinates, too, while keeping the sunshine off your shoulders.
The 152 cubic-inch four-cylinder is part of a long tradition of hardy International Harvester motors. In fact, while this second-year Scout had the new Comanche engine, it was all based on the proven V8 line. Not only is this motor as robust as the rest of vehicle, but also it adds to mystique, too. After all, a Scout 80 is a rare sight, and even fewer retain their correct powerplant. So it's especially nice to see one with solid investments, like a newer alternator, good hoses, and an updated exhaust header. It makes for a motor that fires up with gusto, and the three-speed manual transmission puts you in the center of all the action. Plus, the two-speed transfer case and deep tread on the Cooper Discoverer STT tires give you true 4x4 ability.
It's hard not to get excited about a rare first-gen scout with the right look and heart. And since there's only one up for grabs, you need to hurry up and call today!