Are you a horse lover? Or, maybe you’re looking for a unique vehicle to haul your dirt bikes in and still have room to sleep in the back? This 1973 International Harvester Loadstar 1600 Aeroliner may be the ticket. This horse hauler is listed here on eBay with a $5,300 Buy It Now or you can make an offer. This one is in Columbus, North Carolina.
This great looking hauler on the back of this IH is an “Aeroliner horse van” by Frank Imperatore, Inc. out of Pennsylvania. This one has room for three or four horses. I wouldn’t be hauling horses, but I could think of quite a few uses for this vehicle. The company made bigger and smaller horse carriers and they had some interesting advertising, to say the least.
Other than faded paint I don’t see a flaw in this vehicle. Well, I guess there’s a chunk of wood in back of the LR tire so the emergency brake possibly needs work, either that or they’re just taking the ol’ belt and suspenders route. The seller has 130,000 miles listed for the mileage on this rig but I’m not sure if the horse van has been on it the whole time or not. Sometimes people switch trucks, since the van basically never really wears out. There are two ramps, one on each side, and I can’t help but think motorcycle carrier when I see this super cool van.
Ok, there are a few flaws inside the cab, but hopefully nothing that can’t be repaired inexpensively. The seller purchased this one to restore but they have too many projects. How many of us can relate to that? Quite a few, I bet. I know that my eyes are bigger than my stomach, restoration-wise. The International Harvester Loadstar was a medium to heavy-duty truck line made between 1962 and 1979. There are a few former and present truckers in the Barn Finds family of readers who could probably list the specs of this truck without missing a beat.
This SV-345 engine (345 cubic-inches, 157 net hp at 3,800 RPM) from the SV Comanche engine family was, from what I’ve read, designed to be a 200,000-mile engine by using heavier duty timing chains, hard valves and seats, etc. This one “runs” but could use a carburetor cleaning. This truck has a manual transmission and I’m guessing that it’s a standard 4-speed but I could be wrong. A 5,6,8, and 10-speed would have been optional. Have you seen an Aeroliner “horse van” before? How would you use this hauler?