Pickup Partition: 1961 International Scout 80 – SOLD!

by | Dec 2022 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

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December 20, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “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.

When International Harvester Corporation (“IHC” or simply “IH”) ventured into the consumer automobile market with the launch of its Scout 80, it could be ordered in one of two roof configurations.  The Utility models featured an optional full-length travel top while pickup bodies featured a steel partition behind the bench seat that supported the shorter truck-style removable cab-style top.

This freshly restored 1961 International Scout 80, once listed in December 2022 on Craigslist in South San Jose, California (San Francisco), features the full-length travel top despite having the steel pickup partition.  We’re fairly certain only pickup models featured that partition. However, please comment below if we are wrong about that on the early Scout 80 models.

Once offered for $20,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is slightly below the five-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for first-generation Scout 80s of all body styles produced between 1960 and 1965.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable Scout sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the SUV featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3  “Good” estimate of $14,900 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $24,100.

Truck and Farm Equipment Manufacturer International Harvester (“IH”) ventured into the consumer market in 1961 with the launch of its Scout 80. A precursor of more sophisticated SUVs to come, it was created as a competitor to the Jeep, and it initially featured a fold-down windshield. The Scout and second-generation Scout II were produced in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as two-door trucks with a removable hard top with options of a full-length roof, half-cab pickup, and/or soft top.

Scout 80s were built between 1960 and 1965. These models were identifiable by removable sliding side windows in 1960–1961 and even some very early 1962 models, a fold-down windshield, vacuum windshield wipers mounted to the top of the windshield, and an IH logo in the center of the grille and tailgate. The Scout 80 had the gasoline-powered 152 cubic inch inline four-cylinder as its standard engine.

The Scout 80/800S YouTube Channel features this 1960s vintage International Harvester commercial demonstrating the versatility of their Jeep competitor:

This 1961 International Scout 80 for sale appears to be a nicely restored example in a great color combination.  While this Scout features the desirable full travel top, the possibility of installing a back seat is hampered by the steel partition located immediately behind the front bench seat.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“A beautifully restored 1961 International Harvester Scout 80 4×4. You will not find many of these anywhere in this condition and working order.


Great paint, no rust, new upholstery, powder-coated rims, tires, carb, door hinges, brakes, master cylinders, brake lines, and wiring. Comes with a full rubber trim kit from ScoutParts.com.

Full slider windows (hard to find) and removable sport top. Makes a great summer roadster when the weather warms up. The car is registered, insured, and driving.

Need to sell to build the next Scout in the garage (1966 Scout Sportop).

Asking $20,000. Please call with any questions and to come see.

Show or go: What would you do with this restored 1961 International Scout 80?  Please comment below and let us know!


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