This one checks all of the boxes for me: it’s unusual, it’s a 4×4, it has the biggest V8, and it’s a 5-speed! This 1971 International Harvester 1210 pickup is in Freeman, South Dakota and is listed on eBay with a current price of $2,600 and there are still four days left to get your bids in. This cool cornbinder is going to the highest bidder as there is no reserve!
* Dog not included.. but the tailgate is included. This is a great looking truck, but it looks like it has been restored at some point during its lifetime. Or at least it has been fixed up with some body putty and then painted, unless I’m mistaken on that chipped piece on the LF fender and the rust and lurking rust seen under the left side of the windshield. The seller says that this was an actual barn find and that it runs and drives nicely but the brakes are soft and could use some work. Then, there’s that rust hole in the cab corner on the left side with oddly not much rust showing around the hole. Did someone paint over the rust hole at some point? The box looks good but there will be a bit of welding to do back there, too. But, you can do it, I know that you can! Or, don’t fix it, just get things working perfectly and drive it as is, or fix it as you use it for errands. Either way you go, this will be a favorite vehicle.
The seller mentions some wear in the driver’s seat bottom, but dang, for a tough truck this one sure looks good on the inside to me. Here’s a YouTube video, or actually a slide show, of a similar 1210 pickup restoration; beautiful. The 1210 model is a 3/4-ton pickup. The interior of this pickup doesn’t look like it needs a lot of work but there aren’t a lot of photos to really tell, just this one. This IH sound like a heck of a deal to me. You can see the optional 5-speed manual. A 3-speed manual was standard with the 4-speed, 5-speed, and automatic as options. This truck has thee best transmission choice for me. Is that a padded dash?! People and their posh pickups..
This is the top engine for the 1210 in 1971, a 392 V8 with almost 200 hp. It looks like it could use a good cleaning, but couldn’t we all. A couple of year later AMC offered its 401 V8 due to the high demand for the 392 in International’s medium-duty truck line. This 1210 checks pretty much every box for me as far as pickups go. If IH would have offered a diesel in this era, that’s about the only thing that I can think of that would have one-upped the big-V8 for me, but beggars can’t be choosers. Have any of you owned an IH pickup? What do you think about the configuration of this one? Does it check a few of your boxes, too?