Rare Sportop: 1967 International Scout 800 4×4

Gunter Kramer referred this 1967 International Harvester Sportop Scout 800 to us. While there is a lot of bondo starting to chip off, this is a rare Sportop model that is rarely seen for sale. The Scout is said to run and drive and the 4WD is operational. The Scout is listed for sale here on Craigslist by the owner who is selling to raise money to build a cabin. The truck is located between Portland and the Vancouver area and is listed for sale for $8,950. International Harvester produced the long running Scout model from 1960 to 1980.

The interior looks fairly original and sports a 4 speed manual transmission behind the 4 cylinder engine. It kind of reminds me of a friend’s Volkswagen Thing that he had in high school. The interior color is faded but appears to match the external yellow paint. Originally, the Scout was painted off white. The first generation Scout was called the Scout 80. It was manufactured from 1960 to 1965. The next generation of Scout was called the Scout 800 (this one) and was produced from 1966 to 1971. The final generation of the Scout was called the Scout II and was built from 1971 to 1980. It was much more refined and not as spartan as the Scout 80 and Scout 800.

Early Scouts, like this one, were equipped with a 152 cubic inch inline four cylinder engine that came from the factory with 93 horsepower. You could also order a turbocharged version with 111 horsepower. Later Scouts had a larger inline 4 cylinder, an inline 6 cylinder, a 266 cubic inch V8, a 304 cubic inch V8 engine and a 345 cubic inch V8 engine. In 1979 and 1980, International Harvester Scout even offered the Scout with a turbocharged diesel inline 6 cylinder.

The owner lists this vehicle as a Scout 800A. However, those were not produced until 1968 and came with a 3 part grill. This is a Scout 800 Sportop which came with a “Continental spare tire kit” and an unusual rear bumper. While it needs restoration, this one should sell easily to an enthusiast near this price point.

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Comments

  1. Chuck

    Sporttop convertibles are definitely rare. Hardtops are more plentiful. The turbo diesel was only available in 1980, but a NA diesel was available from 1976 to 1979.

  2. William Cockayne Member

    Includes about 20 gallons of vintage bondo as shown in the right front and both rear quarters. Makes me wonder how bad it was wrecked or rolled?

  3. AutoArcheologist AutoArcheologist Member

    Sold one of these a couple of years ago. Was sitting in the woods behind someone’s house. The couple who owned it were the second owners, they had all sorts of stories attached to it, from several cross country camping trips, pulling people out of muddy camp roads in Wyoming, etc. It was fun selling it for them, and the buyers were a young couple very much into Scouts and were restoring her back to her original glory.

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    • Mark Phillips Member

      I would like to buy this how much is it

  4. t-bone BOB

    Located in Scappoose. OR

  5. Christopher Gentry

    Grew up around scout 80s and 800s. My uncle had several. Including a orange sport top 2 wheel drive. Used to be able to buy in very good condition all day for a thousand bucks or less. He stoped buying them because the parts were impossible to find. This one looks reasonable

  6. John Klintz

    One word: why? Two more words: ugly turd!

    • Christopher Gentry

      Haha. Well. There great fun with the top down. Takes at least 2 strong men to take off the hard top. Then of course , some place to store it. I personally don’t care for the spare /bumper arrangement. But …..

  7. Charlie H

    I’m betting it’s a 3spd not a 4 spd….

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    • Todd Zuercher

      Same. Our ’67 Sportop was a 3 speed. I’m guessing the 3 speeds were behind the 4 cylinders while the V8s got the 4 speeds but I’d have to consult Jim Allen’s encyclopedia on Scouts to know for sure.

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