Sunburst Survivor: 1974 International Harvester 100D Pickup – Sold?
August 23, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
By the mid-seventies, International Harvester’s (“IH”) pickup truck line suffered a two-fold sales beating caused partly by the 1973 Oil Embargo and more so as a victim to strong sales of Chevrolet’s and GMC’s “Rounded Line” (now known as “Square Bodies”) pickups launched for 1973. Consequently, 1974 was the second-last year of production for IH pickups such as this Sunburst Yellow 100 single cab model we just came across in July 2021 on Craigslist in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) offered at $8,900 currently. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their IH 100 priced between this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $4,100 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $9,600. A bit more optimistic, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $7,800 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $14,800.
International Harvester’s (“IH”) Light Line pickups, also called the D-Series, replaced the company’s antiquated C-Series for 1969. It was largely a re-bodied version of its predecessor, with a square-rigged look very similar to the period Scout utility vehicle. Similar to the Scout lineup, IH offered their Light Line pickups with either step-side or “Bonus Load” style beds in several lengths with either two- or four-wheel-drive form. Engines ranged from an AMC-sourced inline-six to IH’s rugged 304, 345, and 392 cubic inch V-8s until the latter was replaced by AMC’s 401 cubic inch V-8 in 1974. Manual transmissions ranged from a column shift three-speed to the choice of under or overdrive five-speeds, along with Chrysler three-speed automatics. Three levels of trim were offered during this era: Standard, Deluxe, and Custom. The Custom was the range-topping trim and featured simulated woodgrain body side trim and a plush, car-like interior.
For 1974 the naming changed yet again: the trucks were now called 100, 150, 200, or 500 depending on the weight rating. External changes were minimal, consisting mainly of a new five-bar metal grille without the vertical dividers, nicknamed the “electric razor grille.” The two-wheel-drive chassis received a revised double-wishbone independent front suspension and disc brakes replacing the previous torsion bar front end. The engine and transmission were also repositioned lower and further behind the front axle centerline (in preparation for the new MV-series gas and diesel V8 engines that never actually made it into series production). Pickup beds were either a six-and-a-half-foot long standard unit or the eight-foot-long “Bonus Load” bed.
We found this awesome ten-minute video on the Binder TV YouTube Channel providing a detailed overview of the 1974 Internation D Series pickup line:
While what appears to be amateur repairs in the rocker panel area give us pause to what might lurk underneath, overall this appears to be a very solid and well-maintained truck that can either continue serving someone as a vintage daily driver or form the basis for a great restoration project.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1974 International 100 Truck
A really neat truck that was just purchased from the second owner who had owned it since 1976!
V8 (really nice and clean engine) with a 4-speed manual transmission.
You see Chevys, Fords, and Dodges all the time, but when was the last time you saw an International? The truck was always garage kept, so in spite of all of the patina, it’s incredibly solid. Really nice bed, door bottoms, rockers, and cab corners with just a small hole on the passenger side cab corner.
The previous owner touched up the truck with yellow house paint as necessary, as you can see in the pictures.
All of the glass is perfect. The interior, other than the seat ripping, is very nice. All of the lights, horn, signals, radio, heater, and gauges work. The truck is also has a current PA State Inspection.
The truck runs, drives, and shifts excellently. We have the original build sheet and all of the manuals. And, although it was used as a truck, it was always well taken care of and kept indoors.
Tons of possibilities. Would make a great shop truck or restoration candidate. Or just a good truck to use every day!“
Restore or use as-is: what would you do with this IH Pickup? Comment below and let us know!