1 Of 1,500: 1971 International Scout Comanche

International-Harvester wasn’t immune to the trend of special edition models, most of them being nothing more than graphics and decals. This 1971 International Scout Comanche is one of those special editions. This patina-rich cornbinder is listed on eBay with a buy it now price of a healthy $16,900 or you can make an offer. It’s located in the Big-D: Dallas, Texas, a town that knows a thing or two about tough trucks.

The Comanche was a trim package which was available on the 800 series, specifically the 800B. The Scout II would be available for the next model year with its own group of special editions, but the 800A and 800B were available with several special edition packages. The Red Carpet series was made to celebrate I-H’s 100,000th Scout, the Champagne Series offered a more upscale trim level and the Sno-Star and the Aristocrat were a couple of other options. I ran across a Scout blog with some information on these special editions and it said that there would often be the phrase “Doll-Up Scout” rubber stamped on the line tickets.

This example needs some work as you can see, but the seller says that you can “Drive it home!” It has some rust which on a Scout usually means quite a bit of rust. They say that it “does have a bit of rust in a couple spots, drivers side floor, both sides along rear, some in body on passenger side, nothing that can’t be fixed, nothing that is not currently safe”. This one is “all original” but it does have new front passenger seats.

The gold dash panel is interesting and fun, that’s about it for color inside this 4×4. How’s the legroom in the back seat? It looks like it would pass the Kareem Abdul Jabbar test. The seller says that this one has “new seats” and they also list “good glass, new tires, new brakes, all gauges work, spare tire included, door locks with original keys, lots of new parts, very tight Scout”.

The engine looks good other than some overly-baked plastic parts that are cracked and a missing hose, at least from what I can see. The above photo is from a Craigslist ad that the seller includes in the eBay auction. Why there is no engine photo on the eBay listing but there is on Craigslist is beyond my comprehension, but kudos for including the CL link with additional photos. The engine is a 304 cubic-inch V8 and the seller says that this rig has had $5,000 spent on it over the last few years. It needs a bit more tinkering and restoring it while not being upside down on value is out of the question at the asking price. But, as far as maintaining it and using it as is, I think it would be a fun 4×4.

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  1. 71FXSuperGlide

    Deliverance, anyone?

    Not a bad vehicle, especially with the V8. Don’t know if the price is fair or not, there are several others listed on eBay with lower asking prices.

  2. Dan

    Love Scouts having owned 5 from a ’65 to two ’73s….did like to rust but so tough off and on the road. Wish they still made them…

  3. Bob C.

    Isn’t that 304 an AMC v8?

    • Dave Wright

      No………the only AMC engine they ever used was the 258 in the mid 70’s when there engine line (and not a lot of those) was overwhelmed with orders building engines for other manufacturers. They did have some Perkins diesels in Scouts and off course the disastrous Nissan Diesel in the late 70’s.

  4. KawiVulc

    Looks a bit better with the top on but the proportions are weird on this one, especially the grill & windshield. Between those and the straight line hood to tail it looks kind of like a huge generic G.I. Joe or Barbie car.

  5. Classic Steel

    I like these scouts which were very unique and cool.

    This needs some work but restorable!

  6. chad Member

    :…“new seats and they also list … new tires, new brakes…”
    Doesn’t sound like: “seller says that this rig has had $5,000 spent on it…”
    to me, but I’m not well informed.

    Is this another search for ‘true mrkt value’ B4 actually listing it?
    We shall C…

  7. Craig

    Wow I had a 71 factory mustard paint with the little Indian stripe around the truck. Had no idea it would be that valuable. 304 with a 4 speed, couldn’t keep a rear end in it. Pretty sure I sold it for 1200.00 immaculate needing a rear end of course.

  8. Dave

    Greedy asking price.

  9. r s

    Something that small with an IH big-truck V8 is basically an engine on wheels.
    I had a Scout II with the 345, 4bbl, dual exhaust, and it felt like it could have dragged an ocean liner.

    Here I am 33 years ago on a beer run over the Canadian border… sitting in my blue Scout II. I loved the whine from the camshaft gear drive on a cold morning.

  10. Paul Pettit

    Sadly no one will see this, but this was my Scout that I lost in the divorce. I spent countless hours slaving over this labor of love, only to see that the ex sold it.
    Yes, I spent about $5,000 on it. Four wheel discs, new hubs, tires (5), rebuilt trans and countless other things.

    His name was Dan.

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