Rot Free: 1963 International Scout 80

Things in the 1960’s were just simpler compared to today. One look at this 1963 International Harvester Scout 80 shows that sometimes simpler is better. This is a running and driving 57 year old 4WD that can still put a smile on your face. This International Harvester Scout 80 is located in Santa Clara, California and is listed for sale here on Facebook Marketplace. If the description is accurate, the asking price of $7,500 seems reasonable and is leaning toward a good deal. There are a few bumps and bruises on the exterior but, overall, the Scout looks pretty solid.


The original 152 cubic inch inline 4 cylinder engine is still purring away and is backed by a floor mounted 3 speed manual transmission. The seller states that the starter, carburetor and brake system have been recently rebuilt or replaced. The International Harvester 4 cylinder engine was rated at 86 net horsepower and 93 gross horsepower from the factory. While not very powerful, it was sufficient and considered reliable.  

The interior of these early Scouts is spartan but the front and rear seats have been recently recovered. The International Harvester Scout was produced from 1960 to 1980. The Scout 80 was the first generation of the Scout and produced from 1960 to 1965. The Scout 80 was followed by the Scout 800 that was manufactured until 1971 and then the Scout II was built from 1971 to 1980. This example has a roof rack and oversized tires but otherwise looks stock.

The Scout 80 tipped the scales at approximately 3,900 pounds. The odometer shows mileage of only 81,996 and the seller sells that, while there is some surface rust, the frame, body panels and floorboards are solid and not rotted like many that we see. The glass for the driver and passenger side windows has been removed but comes with the sale of the vehicle. If I lived closer, I think I would check this Scout 80 out and drive and enjoy it as is.


  1. Howard A Member

    Oh, oh, here we go, I’m too late, Scouts ARE the next flash in the pan,,apparently. While the “cut the price in half for the non-California discount” would apply here, these are crude vehicles, one step up from a military unit. People couldn’t possibly know what driving one of these is like or they’d never go this much. Great trucks, for what they are, under 40 mph, and one that still has it’s doors and fenders, a big plus, but I’d love to see the buyers face on the 1st drive, that just shelled out $7 grand,( or more),,,,FOR THIS?

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    • Charles Roberts

      Agreed, Had one in VT in late 60’s. Great rock climber.
      But if you think it’s a interstate runner, think again. Never had mine over 50, down hill with a tail wind.

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  2. Kidblue

    My 1st vehicle was a’63 as well. Bought it when I was 15 with my paper route money. $1300 in ’78. Was a nevada telephone co vehicle previously. I jacked it up with 31″ tires. Slow as he’ll but a blast.

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    • Eric B

      I bet! Slow, simple, crude old cars can be fun and charming. It’s all about simplicity from simpler times. Anyone that’s interested in this is looking for just that.

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  3. Eric B

    Nice solid survivor for a decent price. Brakes and suspension can always be modernized. Just make sure you turn around if you go someplace that has a weird looking kid playing a banjo on a porch.

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  4. Steve Clinton

    I’d rather own this than a Bronco. A much rarer car for much less cash!

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  5. guggie

    My younger brother had one of these Scouts with a V8 , all wheel drive with hubs , He had a lot of fun with it , went any where
    . traded it for a bronco with a V8

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  6. Greg Risk

    Had one of these back in the 70’s. Plowed northern Indiana snow with it all winter. In the spring I shifted into two wheel drive and found one rear axle shaft was broken. Had been plowing snow all winter with only the front wheels powered.

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  7. chrlsful

    I like grandpa & son (80, 800), Not so much Scout II but didn’t mine the last yr nissan (don’t think it was an issuzu diesel) SD22 or 23. Just wish they were turboed…
    The longer WB is good for somethings, just lost ‘the style’ when into the “II”.

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