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No Reserve: 1966 International Scout 800

Apart from uber-desirability, two attributes will usually stop buyers in their tracks when searching for a project candidate. Any seller who offers a 2-for-1 deal will command attention, while those vehicles listed with No Reserve will also turn heads. This 1966 International Scout 800 probably doesn’t rate within the Top 10 most desirable classics, nor does it come with a bonus parts vehicle. However, the seller has listed it for sale here on eBay with No Reserve. Bidding has been pretty modest, allowing the price to crawl to $3,600. If an affordable off-roader project is on your Wish List, it could be worth dropping a bid on this classic.

While its actual location is unclear, it appears that this Scout may be located somewhere within the beautiful state of Georgia. Its original Green paint has seen better days, with plenty of surface corrosion coating the Scout’s panels. However, what it seems to lack are significant rust problems. Spots are visible in the lower tailgate and driver’s door, but the rest of the exterior looks surprisingly sound. There are dents and bruises requiring attention, but none are severe. The single underside shot reveals a solid frame wearing scaly surface corrosion, but it appears structurally sound. There may be some penetrating rust in the floor, but it could be another issue that the buyer tackles with patches. The buyer’s shopping list may extend to lenses and bumpers, but the glass looks okay.

Lifting the Scout’s hood reveals the 152ci Comanche four-cylinder engine that produced 92hp and 142 ft/lbs of torque in its prime. Those ponies found their way to the road via a four-speed manual transmission and a dual-range transfer case. Neither the power nor torque figures sound particularly impressive, but with the maximum torque available low in the engine’s rev range, it allowed the Scout to crawl over some pretty harsh terrain. The seller indicates that this Inter doesn’t run or drive, but the engine turns freely. It isn’t clear when it last fired a shot in anger, but they optimistically state that it shouldn’t take a lot of work to coax it back to life. If this proves accurate, the vehicle’s structurally sound state opens the option for the buyer to revive it in time for summer. That would allow them to drive the Scout proudly as an original survivor dripping with character.

If we turn our attention to the Scout’s interior, we’re confronted with an aspect of this classic requiring its share of TLC. The painted surfaces look tired, while some plated components have corrosion emerging. The wheel is cracked, and the seat upholstery looks past its best. Potential buyers with reasonable painting and preparation skills could address the paint problems while restoring the wheel in a home workshop is another task worth considering. That raises another interesting idea to consider. If the buyer put some effort into the interior but left the exterior untouched, the two aspects of this classic would offer a striking contrast guaranteed to turn heads. I’ve seen this approach with other vehicles on Barn Finds, so I can’t see why it wouldn’t work effectively with this Scout.

The seller listed this 1966 Scout 800 with the auction to open at $3,000. It took two days for the bidding to crawl to its current level before it stalled. There is still some time left for an interested buyer to stake their claim, but it could represent a straightforward and affordable project candidate if interest doesn’t increase. Is it one that you may consider pursuing further?


  1. Mike Roberts

    The patina looks authentic!

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    • Ike Onick

      And baked-on.

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  2. Johnny

    The patina doesn,t fix the problems it has — This scout has more then patins—it has some serious rust issues and the price of $3,600 and patina looks–should be about $500 top price–close buy,

  3. Mike Hawke

    Hard to believe VW owns the Scout name and plans to resurrect it here soon.

  4. geomechs geomechs Member

    Another one seeking a new home. There were lots of them sold (500K) so lots of them are out there. This looks like a worthwhile project to be turned back to what Ted Ornas originally intended it to be, a tough truck. I just wish the engine parts were a little easier to come by…

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