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Last Year: 1975 International Travelette 200

It’s always a gamble to list anything as the first, biggest, smallest, oldest, etc. That being said, many sources list the International Travelette as the first factory crew cab pickup. Can you think of an earlier example than the ’57 Travelette? The seller has this 1975 International Travelette 200 listed here on eBay in Driggs, Idaho and there is a $10,099 buy-it-now price or you can make an offer.

This is one long vehicle, unlike most crew cab pickups today that have a much smaller hauling area in the back. The Travelette came with either a 149″ (6.5′ box) or 166″ (8′ box) wheelbase and up to a 236.3″ overall length! You can see the Travelall resemblance, although this would be one huge Travelall with this long wheelbase. This had to have been a serious truck for serious workers who had to haul serious loads, not a commuter truck. However, not many people commuted with pickups in this era, at least compared with today.

The D-Series International Harvester came out in 1969 and they were quite a departure from the previous almost-ancient design. I really like the previous trucks but the modern pickups and Travelalls were something to behold when they came out. This is what I-H called the Bonus Load pickup box or bed, but they also made a step-side box. This truck looks nice in Glacier Blue and other than some normal rust, if there is such a thing, I don’t see any glaring issues with the exterior – however, there will be some welding to do in the cargo area.

This is a mid-trim-level Travelette with some “bright” trim on the sides and around the windshield, and the grille, The lower trim had a painted grille and the highest trim has woodgrain on the sides. The seats look positively luxurious for a pickup, both front and rear, let alone one with an agricultural heritage. For the record, International began offering a quad cab pickup in 1957 but it had only three doors, it wasn’t until the 1961 model year that they offered four doors. I believe Dodge was next with that feature in 1963. This truck needs both front and rear glass, hopefully that won’t be a huge issue for the next owner.

The engine is… uhhh.. a V8 of some size. The 304-cu.in. OHV V8 would have been standard in this model but a 345 or 392 V8 would have been optional. The seller is guessing that it’s a 392 but one of you will know by looking at it. It sends power through a column-shifted automatic to the rear wheels only and this would be a fun project if a person had a big, heated garage. Hagerty is at $5,400 for this Travelette with a 304 V8 in #4 fair condition, which is a running and driving truck, something this pickup may not currently be able to do. They give a #4 value of $5,500 with the 345 V8 and a #4 value of $5,600 with a 392 V8. There’s not much difference there, other than the seller’s asking price being almost double that. What’s your offer on this big I-H Travelette?

Comments

  1. Todd Fitch Staff

    Nice find and write-up, Scotty. Only the RF fender and V-shaped tailgate keep me from picturing this one towing a restored Airstream. The other way I see it is jacked up on 35s, modern Suburban platform, LS, etc. Do it right and it’s $145k+. Do it meh and it’s $38k. The band of buyers on a rig like this is necked down pretty tight. I’m with you on the over-optimistic asking price. Thanks for giving us some history. Most four-door double-cabs in those days were fleet-only but IH would sell them to anyone. Good luck to seller and buyer. We’d love to hear what happens to this interesting rig.

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  2. HoA Howard A Member

    Another one from “Scottys Corner” ( this guy needs his own category) Got to give the seller credit, grandpas “shootin’ truck” is worth 5 figures, Pa. Oh, I can just smell the gas from here. I read, AMC offered the 401( IH called it V400), in ’73 and ’74, but not the last year, ’75, so probably a 392. I know it’s been said many times, mostly by me, but can’t be said enough, and most will agree, considering where pickups went, what a colossal blunder to stop here, and who knows what might have happened? Someone, if alive or their underlings, should hang their heads in shame. They were the best trucks, ever!

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  3. John Eder

    Years ago, I borrowed a GMC 4×4 long bed crew cab pickup for the weekend from my employer at the time. It was a nightmare to maneuver in a lot of circumstances. I would never own one set up like that. Ironically, I have owned numerous ex-USAF Dodge W-200 crew cabs with a short box and never experienced that issue. This seller has a similarly overpriced Dodge crew cab that needs a lot of work currently on eBay as well. I think that there is an impression that these vehicles are made of gold.

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  4. Rosko

    See this one at SEMA next year at the Earl Scheib booth.

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  5. michael genshock

    I might offer 1K for this thing….only if he delivered it.

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  6. Jack Quantrill

    Wut? $10,000 for a field-find. I don’t get it. Is it that rare?

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  7. Chuck

    If I remember correctly, when serving in the Air Force in the early 1960s, they had Dodge Crew Cab trucks for alert vehicles. Painted AF Blue….

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  8. GOM

    These had rust problems by nature. This one needs to be looked at very closely, particularly the front driver’s side door post and rocker panel area. Looks as if you can see the ground in one place, and the sill plate appears to be just sitting on the edge of the floor mat, perhaps because there are problems with the floor in that area. A neat truck, but needs to have the rust issues clearly defined to know how to bid. (There are very few replacement sheet metal parts available for these as I recall, adding another factor into the formula.) Caveat emptor!

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  9. Pathetic Aesthetics

    You should check out this seller’s $50,000 1964 Dodge crew cab in similar condition. Apparently, trucks turn into gold once they enter Idaho.

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  10. Curtis Marquart

    10K for a rot box? Good luck

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  11. duaney

    I had a collection of IHC 4 doors, they’ve all sold. This one is rare and might bring the price. Has the 394, since it’s the 4 barrel carb.

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    • Bob

      No such thing as an IH “394.” Closest was their 392.

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  12. geomechs geomechs Member

    My Dad had a ‘69 Travelette with the short box. Absolutely amazing how sharp it would turn. It was a good truck but was awful thirsty. Didn’t seem to matter if it was loaded or empty. I would like to find another one.

    This one: I’m sure that’s a 392 as the only 345 with a 4bbl was in a Scout. You can find out everything you want to know about this truck by accessing the ‘Line-Setting information or getting a full Line-Set ticket. That’s the truck’s DNA, and you will find everything but the names of the assembly line workers (the IRS probably already knows that.) You may even be lucky enough to find the original pasted to the outside of the glove box.

    Someone replaced the original Holley carb with a Thermoquad, which I don’t care for. A Holley 600 4bbl will wake this up real good. It will be running either a Holley or a Prestolite distributor. You can rejuvenate either with a Pertronix conversion or shell out the big bucks for a GM HEI distributor.

    You’ll be running a Chrysler 727 transmission. Binder used a Warner Gear unit “forever,” or at least from 1954 till 1972. Very little wrong with the Warner unit other than it was getting outdated.

    Body patches and floor panels are on the market, and so are replacement gas tanks.

    All in all, this looks pretty good. I certainly cannot justify the price but that’s a matter of staying within my means. I’m sure there’s someone who is willing to give it a good home…

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  13. James Martin

    Believe it or not the international pickups and travel hauls are bring8ng the money these days. They would be what you would call the Mopar of trucks!

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  14. hemistroker

    departed from Driggs, going to Yellowstone in January to snowmobile I can recommend that trip for a great time in an UNCROWDED park, only snow machines allowed that tie of year. Driggs is a beautiful place

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  15. Chris Eakin

    Replacement parts are not cheap, I had to replace floor pans on my 72 IH 1210. I highly recommend learning to weld yourself as body shops will want large amounts of money and possibly your first-born child in payment. I have read that the plenum under the cowl is prone to rust and if that is true be prepared to remove the dash and spend time welding overhead while lying on your back on the floor. On the other hand, they aren’t making any more IH trucks so they can only get more and more rare.

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  16. James Crowley

    I could be wrong but I think Volkswagen was the first to offer a double cab pickup.

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  17. chrlsful

    it’s not just the 19 foot 8 that’s large, this thing is huge in person. Local rehabbed’n put on lift. Thing seems like a rail road engine its so big. Even today there are few work zones to use something like this (RR, hwy dept, etc) not a mall craw conversion. Like the dodge power wagon (mid 40s/mid 50s)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Power_Wagon
    U need a good bit of acreage to keep at home. Otherwise just ego, also a shame, as they wanta B worked. Like the ferrari left in the garage. Plez dont.

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  18. Jamie

    10k? I don’t care how rare they are. If it were the only one left in the entire universe, I would never pay 10k for it.

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