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First Year: 1961 International Scout 80

International Harvester was the first on the scene to produce a midsize SUV type four wheel drive vehicle. They introduced the International Harvester Scout 80 in 1961 and continued production of this model until 1965. The Scout 80 was replaced by the Scout 800 which was the second generation of the Scout and manufactured until 1971. International Harvester brought the third and final generation of the Scout, called the Scout II, to market in 1971 and produced it until 1980. This Scout 80 is listed for sale here on eBay and the ad says “Needs Work.” That might be the understatement of 2021 but with 10 days left in the listing, there are a lot of good parts and this one might be restorable. The Scout 80 is located in Bainbridge Island, Washington and the Buy It Now Price is $3,000.

The interior is spartan on early Scouts and this one looks trashed. It will probably need new floors but has been sitting in Eastern Washington which is known for its dry climate so it may be in better condition than one would think. It will definitely need new seat covers and door trim pieces. The base engine in the International Scout was a 152 cubic inch inline four-cylinder engine which was rated at 93 horsepower. During later production, International Harvester offered optional engines including a larger inline 4 cylinder, an inline 6 cylinder, a 266 cubic inch V8 and a 304 cubic inch V8 engine. This Scout 80 does not have its original engine but does have a later model Turbo 350 automatic transmission installed.

This International Scout 80 has a roll bar and the original frame is still intact. The seller states that the frame was modified in order to add a Dana 44 rear end. The Scout looks like it has a lift kit added or something. The glass looks intact and the whole rig looks like it needs a bath in bleach and to sit in the sun for a while. Overall, the pictures do not indicate any rot or significant rust in the body panels. However, the front end looks like it has been kissed by a trailer and rock outcropping at some point.

The Scout competed against the Jeep CJ-5 and the Ford Bronco which entered the market in 1966.If you are looking for a good starter project, this might be a good candidate if you have a trailer and you can buy the Scout 80 inexpensively. The seller is open to offers and once this rig gets cleaned up the restorer can focus on installing a new engine between the front fenders.


  1. its1969ok

    The first mid-size 4wd? My friend had a ’50’s Willys Wagon with a Super Hurricane flat head six.

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  2. MDW66

    Look at all the extras that come with it on the inside. Is that a helmet on the seat?!? Hold my beer, I’ve got to fire up the visa card.

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  3. Steve Clinton

    I wouldn’t ‘Buy it now’ for $300. (or $30., for that matter.)

    • stu

      Too many digits in your asking price!

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  4. chrlsful

    this is the model to have (or 800). But did they stick on full sz axels, wheels stick out more’n oem (just too wide tire?)…

    We can’t do that Right Coast (Nor’East) – illegal.

    This guy is Y I got my bronk. Needed for wrk I almost bought but they went oudda business (IH lght trucks) at that time (Scout II hada nissan S-22, 23 diesel). I did not wanna get stuck (fed law said U only hafta make replacement prts 7 yrs after bankruptcy) so I bought the bronk (it was ’80 or ’83 then). Still not sure if the correct decision. Sure like the ThriftPower motors (all six i6 144/2.36 thru 300/4.9 1960 – 1996) tho.

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