Hidden Surprise: 1974 International Scout II

This surprising 1974 International Scout II is like a hidden treasure. Each photo you see shows some hidden surprise that I never would have expected to see on a truck that looks like this on the outside. It can be found here on eBay in Dallas, Texas and the current bid price is $11,100. Let’s uncover this jewel in the rough.

Upon first glance, this may look like just another old, used-up Scout, but t’ain’t so. Most of us know at least the partial history of the I-H Scout and that the Scout II was the company’s last Scout, made between 1971 and 1980. Most of us have also seen Scouts that looked like this one does, at least on the outside and unless a person is a major Scout fan they may not give it a second glance.

The seller says that it has a cracked windshield and it had rust in the tubs but it was repaired using Scout-specific patch panels. They purposely didn’t paint it in case the next owner wanted to leave it looking like this. For a general idea of value, Hagerty is at $18,700 for a #3 good condition Scout in this spec. The high bids are pretty surprising given that the next owner only has $6,000 to work with now. Of course, a #2 excellent Scout II is $28,300 – that’s an easier number to take.

The interior looks pretty clean if not cleaner than most of these rigs look when the exterior looks like this one does. The AC is all there but it isn’t working at the moment. It’s a nice option, though. The automatic transmission was just rebuilt and they have the receipts for the next owner. In fact, they have $7,500 in receipts for all the work that has been done.

Zinnnnnng! I’m guessing that nobody was expecting to see an engine that looked like this in a Scout that looks like this one does on the outside. This is the top engine for this year, a 345 cubic-inch V8 which would have had 155 hp. That isn’t all, check out the photos of the underside! All of that sort of makes the outside issues look inconsequential now. It’ll still be a bit of work and money to restore the rest of this Scout II, but what a nice one you’ll have once it’s done.

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  1. Dan

    Loved these things, I owned 5 of them over the years..wish they still made them, I would buy a new one….

  2. Fred W

    Something about the outside looks, for an old Scout, just right.

  3. Jack

    Just watched a Wheeler Dealer episode they rebuilt a 1970 version of this vehicle. Looks like there are many things that needed upgrading for these vehicles. Wipers ran on vacuum lines, power steering was an add on, and the front differential could be problematic. It would be interesting to see if they addressed any of these issues on this vehicle.

    • Dave

      Jack, that was a Scout 800, the previous model. Scout II has these comforts like wipers, power steering, etc.

  4. Mike Fuentes

    The first Scouts ran on vacuum lines. Scout II has wiper motor. Wheeler Dealers did a first gen Scout

  5. Tank

    The outside of this Scout looks like it was painted to give off that impression.

  6. chrlsful Member

    liked the 80 better, thisun’s nice tho. Auto doesn’t bother me. (Make duz – as a ’66 bronk owner, slant 6 & Italian Spyder aficionado).
    Good Luck widda sale~

  7. Scotty Gilbertson Scotty Gilbertson Staff

    Auction update: this Scout II sold at $14,500!

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