345 Powered: 1973 International Harvester Scout II

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Getting out and communing with Mother Nature has its attractions. It becomes a whole lot more attractive when you can get there in a tidy classic like this 1973 International Harvester Scout II. Not only does this vehicle present beautifully, but it is in fantastic mechanical condition. With mountains or torque and 4-wheel-drive capability, the Scout should be able to get you virtually anywhere that you could possibly want to go. It is located in Shepherd, Montana, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding currently sits at $16,800, but the reserve hasn’t been met.

The Burnished Gold Scout is an attractive looking vehicle. Its presentation isn’t perfect, but it is a long way above average for a 4WD of this type and age. There are a couple of small marks on the body, but nothing of any significance. The paint shines beautifully, and the glass appears to be free from any apparent cracks or chips. The owner supplies a single photo of the underside, and it looks dry and clean. There is a light dusting of surface corrosion on the frame, but nothing of any consequence. There are also some scattered spots of surface corrosion on the rear step, but I suspect that a dab of rust neutralizer would stop this in its tracks. Of course, Winter is just around the corner (sorry!). That could provide the perfect opportunity to remove the rear step, strip it, and return it to its best. All of the remaining trim and chrome components are in good condition, with the state of the hubcaps seeming to suggest that this Scout hasn’t led a tough life.

The interior of the Scout is original and unmolested and is in good condition. There are no rips or tears in the upholstery, no wear on the painted surfaces, and the dash is in good condition. What it desperately needs is someone to give it a good clean. The front seat wears plenty of ground-in dirt and grease, but I believe that this would respond well to a high-quality cleaning product. This makes me wonder because it would appear to be an easy issue to address. I honestly can’t understand why the seller didn’t attend to something that detracts from such an excellent vehicle. He also provides no engine photos, but we do know that the Scout features a 345ci V8 and a 4-speed manual transmission. This engine produces what many people might consider to be a disappointing 144hp. However, vehicles like this require engine torque rather than brute horsepower. In this case, the owner will find themselves with access to 285 ft/lbs of torque. Combine that with 4-wheel-drive capabilities, and this classic could nearly take you to the top of Mt Everest. I did say, “nearly!” The owner has recently fitted a new carburetor to the engine. However, the original has been cleaned and boxed-up with a rebuild kit. It is included in the sale. Otherwise, the Scout is said to run and drive well, the transmission and clutch are smooth, and the 4-wheel-drive system works as it should.

This 1973 Scout II is no trailer queen, but it does appear to be a vehicle that hasn’t led a hard life. Its presentation is better than average, and it is ready to be driven and enjoyed. One of its greatest attractions is its originality. It hasn’t been lumbered with bigger wheels or a lift kit. This will help it to appeal to a significant number of buyers. Classic 4-wheel-drives have developed a strong following, and I am sure that we will have plenty of readers who would like to own this one. I suspect that there is probably a fair way to go before the reserve is reached. If it turns out to be north of $20,000, that wouldn’t surprise me at all. If it does interest you, then maybe it would be worth joining the bidding war. You never know, but you just might get lucky.

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  1. Tom c

    Nice old truck , lose the bug deflector though .

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  2. Car Nut Tacoma

    Sweet looking International Scout. Although I was way too young to drive at the time, but I remember vehicles like this.

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  4. Christopher Gentry

    My uncle had 2 of these , and 3 of the earlier “small” original scouts. We all preferred the 1st generation. But the “big” scouts where a lot more comfortable.

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  5. HoA Howard AMember

    While I naturally balk at the price ( shudda bought them 25 years ago for $500 when nobody wanted them) but considering what comes through here, someone getting a heck of a truck. I had dismal experiences with those motors in heavy duty application, however in a light duty setting, they got millions of kids to school for years, the kids hoping for a breakdown, they never did. Stopping production of one of the 1st SUV’s when things were just getting going,( 1980) had to be the automotive blunder of the last century. IH’s last gasp at the light duty truck world. ANY Scout in this condition is a great find.

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  6. TimM

    This must have been a popular color for the scouts back then cause I have a neighbor that has two rusted out planter style in his yard!! Years ago people would stop and ask if they were for sale and he would chase them away!! Now you would need a chainsaw just to cut the tree growing through the floorboard before you could try to pull it and break it in half!!

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