Rare Patriot Edition: 1976 International Scout

Update 11/13/19 – This Patriotic Scout has been relisted here on eBay with a $1 starting bid and no reserve so it might end up going cheaper than the original asking price. Or not…

From 10/9/19 – Another day, another special edition Scout. We just recently featured a Midas edition; this time, it’s a Patriot edition, which was created in commemoration of the U.S. Bicentennial. So many special editions came out that year, almost all of them with a patriotic bent. This Scout retains many of those unique cosmetic features that made it a symbol of pride and freedom, including the graphics kit down the sides and chrome rally wheels. Experts say production was quite limited, so check it out here on craigslist with an ask of $21K.

The seller cites similar information regarding production figures as to what I found, which puts total “Patriot” edition production at under 50 of those that left the assembly line with this kit installed. Of course, it’s entirely possible rogue dealers added the stripes and wheels after the fact, but this Scout sat on an Arizona ranch for 40 years, the seller feels there is no doubt the graphics have been installed for a while.

The interior is lacking carpeting, but this also helps show how incredibly dry the cabin has remained. The driver’s footwell shows virtually no sign of wear and tear, with even the factory paint still looking quite sharp. The driver’s seat reveals the kind of wear we’d expect to see on a truck that sat baking in the Arizona sun, but the seller is including the correct, matching upholstery in the sale.

The 345 V8 is paired to a 3-speed 727 Torqueflight automatic and is said to run well. New parts include brakes, battery, carburetor, and tires. The Scout looks like a great basis for a project, and the Patriot package puts it firmly in the continued preservation category. Don’t touch that paint; just clear-coat the graphics and preserve those awesome patriotic colors. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Ikey H. for the find.

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Comments

  1. Classic Steel

    Man everyone thats a patriot must have this baby. I see even stickers on bumpers and hats 🎩 on driver 😂

    It could go an NFL way too.

    I like it but its a lil over the top using the word patriot for name sake with this Air Force brat son from a past 23 year dad in USAF that deployed often overseas for country.

    I guess maybe because i just think our direction of abandoning allies isn’t great these days 🤔. Patriot means integrity, truth, respect , loyal, honor and support of all those in need daily and being the better role model…

    Okay enough patriot talk … I seriously always felt the International Scouts left the game too soon🥺 They stopped just before the big SUV craze took stage in the 80s and 90s.

    Them and AMC could of made it with a lil better backing and promoting and the proverbial luck too of being in the right place and time 👀

    This is a cool truck that i hope continues to be preserved…

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  2. PeteMcGee

    Cool truck! Not sure that “rust free” is accurate, based on the appearance of the cargo floor. Certainly drier truck than the vast majority of these.

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    • ThisGuy

      Check out that driver side door jam, too.

  3. Mvickery

    I was curious about the flag with the red line. Turns out it’s to commemorate fallen firefighters.

  4. v

    i dont know how many know this but international when new from manufacture BALANCED & BLUEPRINTED there engines. international had some of the smoothest running engines at that time. it seems a shame the bodys did not get the care like the engines.

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    • Lance Nord

      V – IH balanced and blueprinted 100% of their engines? That seems like an old wive’s tale to me. I will agree that the 345 V-8 was the smoothest running engine of that generation. You could put a glass of water on top of the air cleaner. The top of the water in the glass wouldn’t even ripple. That glass of water would never vibrate off the air cleaner.

  5. SEAN

    I had a ’77 and a ’79 Scout Traveler. Both with the 345, the ’77 had the 727, and the ’79 had, iirc, the Muncie M-22. That girl could pull down a house!

  6. Rodney

    Not 100% original either.
    Passenger front fender has been replaced.

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  7. porkchopzz4

    Looks like it sat for those 40 years in Arizona with the LH side facing south.

  8. Steve RM

    You have to wonder when the ad states that everything major works but he didn’t have time to check the turn signals. Really????? What are the odds that they work?

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    • ThisGuy

      Since when are turn signals not a major thing?

  9. ThisGuy

    This thing is rusting from the inside out. Every seam on the body is red, and it ain’t pinstripes.

  10. Eugene Fabbri

    Very nice fixer upper reel cool if i had the cash id fixer up

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