Bare Bones: 1979 International Harvester Scout II One Owner – Sold!
International Harvester offered a complicated array of four engines, three interior trims, and a myriad of options on its Scout II. The deceased original owner of this 1979 example listed on Craigslist in Hastings on Hudson, New York appears to have foregone nearly all of the options when he likely ordered his Scout (IH dealers back then tended to keep only highly optioned models on their lots to boost their profits). Fast forward 41 years and 140K mile later and the current caretaker has this Scout for sale with an asking price of $10,000. A look at the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Scout II priced $300 below the current #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $10,300. We note however the seller states “$8,000 or Best Offer” in the body of their listing, indicating there’s room for negotiation.
Better known for farm equipment and large trucks, International Harvester produced the Scout off-road vehicle in two distinct generations from 1961 to 1980 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The larger Scout II came along in April 1971 as ’72 models and are easily identifiable by their front grille. The 1971–1972 Scout IIs shared the same grille, three horizontal bars between the headlights and chrome rings around the headlights. The 1973 Scout IIs had 14 vertical bars between the headlights, a split in the middle, seven bars on each side surrounded by chrome trim pieces and an “International” model plate low on the left side. The 1974–75 Scout II grilles were the same as 1973, with the addition of a vertical bar trim overlay. The 1975 had chrome and black, square trim rings around the headlights; 1976 had the same headlight trim rings as 1975, and a chrome center grille of 15 horizontal bars split into three sections was used in this year only. The 1977–79 Scout IIs used the same grille between the same headlight bezels the new chrome grille had two large horizontal bars with three vertical support lines and the “International” nameplate moved up to the center of the grille on the left side. Scouts were tough and could go through just about anything, with their Achilles Heel being the use of poor quality Japanese steel combined with ineffective rust prevention measures.
Growing up 40 miles south of Buffalo and my parents needing to commute to the city for work, this commercial illustrates why a ’74 and later ’77 Scout were our family’s primary transportation through much of the 1970s:
With only power steering, power brakes, a rear seat (yes, it was optional), and a luggage rack as the only notable options we can decipher from the pictures provided, this is a rare bare-bones version survivor Scout. While the vast majority came equipped with either the 304 cubic inch or 345 cubic inch V8, this one makes do with the standard 196 cubic inch, 86 horsepower inline four-cylinder. Consequently, this is not a very fast Scout. What this Scout lacks in options in makes up for in provenance. A well-maintained Scout sparsely used by the original until he passed away last summer, we wonder what the connection is to the current caretaker. Hopefully, it is either a friend or relative of the deceased who can provide the complete history of this Scout. With most examples heavily modified in some way and more highly optioned, we hope the next caretaker decided to restore it with the goal of maintaining its simplicity. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“All original 1979 International Scout II. One owner vehicle. Kept covered throughout its life. Runs and drives. Was used non-regularly until owner passed away last summer. Removable hard top. Never been in an accident. Very good condition inside and out. New tires. Extensive records of maintenance and parts replaced. Good bones for a restoration or resto-mod. $8k or best offer.“
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