Memory Machine: 1977 International Scout II Restomod – SOLD!

by | Dec 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Truckin Tuesday

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December 19, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we can now 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.

December 2, 2023 Update – The seller replaced their expiring Craigslist ad with a fresh listing. The pictures, description, and asking price all remain the same.

I spent the better part of the 1970s bouncing around in the back seat of not one but two International Scout IIs purchased in succession by my parents in 1974 and 1977. I spent many an early cold winter morning outside of Buffalo placing a hair dryer on the Scout’s distributor cap so the points would dry out enough to get the damn thing started for my parents to go to work.  I helped my father load and unload them with “jags” of wood.  I learned to drive on a 1977 International Scout II. These memories hold a fond place in my heart, and I want to own another Scout II someday.

I often tell people you shouldn’t drive your heroes, and the reality is that if I were to drive a stock International Scout II today, I would be very disappointed. Unfortunately, I’ve been jaded by the combination of comfort and capability my Porsche Cayenne provides. Consequently, the International Scout II that would make it into my modern garage would have to be more of a restomod that improves on the quirks of the original.

This green 1977 International Scout II for sale, first spotted on Craigslist near Phoenix in November 2023, mimics my vision of how I would want my Scout II to look and run in 2023.  The seller’s detailed description of all the improvements made to their Scout II checks all the right boxes on my restomod checklist.

Last offered for $59,999, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s one-year results for similar 1977 International Scout IIs sold in the past twelve months.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask lands about six grand higher than this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $53,280 after adding a twenty percent premium for the desirable 345 cubic inch V8 and air conditioning options.

The 1977 International Scout II is a classic off-road vehicle that embodies the rugged spirit of American utility vehicles from the late 1970s. As the successor to the original Scout, the Scout II was designed to meet the growing demand for versatile and capable off-road vehicles. It maintained the utilitarian ethos of its predecessor while incorporating modern design elements and improved features.

One of the distinctive features of the 1977 Scout II is its boxy and angular design, characteristic of the era. Its flat surfaces, bold lines, and robust stance characterize the exterior. The front end is dominated by a chrome grille, showcasing the International Harvester logo, flanked by square headlights, contributing to the vehicle’s strong and purposeful aesthetic. The body panels are made of durable steel, reflecting the utilitarian nature of the Scout II.

Under the hood, the 1977 Scout II was offered a variety of engine options to cater to different preferences and performance needs. One of the popular choices was the V8 engine, which provided ample power for both on-road cruising and off-road adventures. The engine was mated to a manual transmission, enhancing the driver’s control over the vehicle’s performance. Four-wheel drive capability was a standard feature, making the Scout II well-suited for tackling challenging terrains.

The interior of the 1977 Scout II was designed with practicality in mind. The cabin offered seating for up to five passengers with a simple yet functional layout. The dashboard featured clear and easy-to-read gauges, providing essential information to the driver. Depending on the trim level, amenities could include comfortable seats, air conditioning, and a versatile rear cargo area. The removable hardtop was a popular feature, allowing for an open-air driving experience during favorable weather conditions.

Off-road enthusiasts appreciated the Scout II’s robust chassis and suspension system. Its solid axles, front and rear, contributed to its exceptional off-road capabilities, providing stability and articulation on uneven terrain. The Scout II also featured a high ground clearance, enabling it to navigate obstacles with ease. The rugged construction of the chassis and body made the Scout II a reliable choice for those seeking adventure beyond paved roads.

Despite its off-road prowess, the 1977 Scout II was also a practical choice for everyday use. It offered a comfortable and smooth on-road driving experience, making it a versatile vehicle for both urban and rural environments. The availability of various trim levels and optional features allowed buyers to customize their Scout II to suit their specific needs and preferences.

In summary, the 1977 International Scout II is a classic off-road vehicle that combines rugged design with practical functionality. Its distinctive appearance, versatile interior, and off-road capabilities have made it a sought-after collector’s item and a symbol of the adventurous spirit of the 1970s. Whether navigating challenging trails or cruising on city streets, the Scout II remains an iconic representation of American off-road heritage.

The Bionic Disco YouTube Channel features this 1978 International Scout II commercial that targeted suburban station wagon owners:

The seller’s excellent pictures and detailed description provide an excellent presentation of what is a very well-restored and nicely updated 1977 International Scout II for sale.  Noteworthy is the fact the seller mentions their Scout fits in a standard seven foot tall garage door.

If you are serious about buying this Scout II, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their restored IH SUV featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1977 International Scout II – 4×4
Ultra Clean, Original Matching Numbers, Rare Condition, Fresh Build

Get ready to turn some heads with this fresh restoration. Just completed with reliability and dependability in mind, this is no project. Restored from the ground up and ready to be challenged. This is a finished jump in and go driver that’s designed to generate tons of attention. She looks cool, has a mean stance and ready for double takes. She’s super clean and is the most complete package on the market today.

She comes armed with files of documentation, updated original equipment, and plenty of extra parts. She’s fully equipped with modern day updates, tasteful upgrades, and is ready for your personal touch. This is a turnkey driver, as all the hard work has already been done for you. It’s an all-original matching numbers Ultimate Scout 2. This Rallye edition themed masterpiece pays homage to all the classic overlanders.

Here’s the basics:
– Original Matching Numbers 345ci V8 tuned by Joe’s Carburetor Exchange of Arizona
– Original 727 Automatic Transmission and T-Case, w/Original IH Lockers – 4×4
– Original freshly sprayed drivetrain w/Dana Axles, updated suspension, and undercoating protective sealant
– Original sheet metal, glass w/a fresh cut/buff/polish to the Summit White Paint by Effortless Arizona.
– Original Seating w/fresh black re-upholstery front and rear by HMR of Arizona
– Original Dash Pad, Gauges, seatbelts, re-upholstered door panels by Yates Industries.
– Original re-upholstered arm rests, freshly powder coated Window cranks and Interior door handles.
– Original Hard top (optional roof rack) w/Tinted Windows, and new weather trim by Vador of Arizona
– Freshly painted w/rust inhibitor, weather sealed floors, underbody, and wheel wells coated by OEM+ of Arizona
– PA 2” Bushings, 5” Shackles, 4” RCX Lift Kit, w/4*Caster Shims and Energy Suspension Leaf Bushings.
– 20×12 Gloss Black Deep Dish Forged Gear Alloy Wheels w/Matching Black Lugs and SS Stem Caps
– Front 1.25” / Rear 2” T-6 7075 Spacers with Grade-8 Stainless Steel Studs
– 33×13.50r20 Venom Power Terra Hunter M/T 12-Ply Radial Tires M/B by Discount Tire of Arizona
– Premium Shocks, AC Delco Belts, Custom Leather wrapped Grant Wheel, Octane HID/LED Headlights
– Evolve+ Limo Tint, Ultimate Scout Steel Front and Rear Bumpers, Black Powdered SS Mesh/Rivet Grille
– Tinted Markers Lights w/Black Matching Zinc Hardware, and Black light housings.
– Auto-Lite Plugs, ACD Fuel Pump, Timken Bearings, ES Seals, NOS Joints, Dual Flowmaster Black Exhaust.
– PPG Paint, Removable Laminate Rear Bed Flooring, SKF Axles Seals, AC Delco HP Fuel Lines, IHP Shackles.
– ACC Carpet Mats, Power-Stop Brake Shoes, Aluminum Radiator, CCS Freeze Plugs, US Door Sills, IHP Mirrors.
– SSS Weather Trim, IHP Knobs, Indicator Plates, and Center Counsel. Rallye Body/Hood/Gate Graphics.
– SSS Over-Fender Liners, NOS Light Buckets/Lenses, IH Gear Plates, Raybuck Fuel Tank, and NOS Tank Plate.

Summary:
She starts, runs, and drives better than when she first rolled off the factory floor. Coasts smooth down the road and fully capable for any 4×4 overland adventure. This versatile weekend warrior can be daily driven and will take top honors at any car show. This iconic American Classic is an appreciating rare collector piece. Level up your fleet and be the first to debut this rare rolling piece of art.

Logistics:
– Clean and Clear Title, Garage kept here in Arizona 85086
– I can recommend classic car financing and have a professional transportation resource available.
– I’m a Private Party, No Sales Tax. Comes w/ Special Bill of Sale if needed. As-Is No Warranty.
– Original fuel gauge is intermittent. I have a brand-new fuel sending unit if it ends up going out, fyi.
– Comes with boxes of Spare/Used/New Parts, Original Wheels/Tires, Front and Rear Bumpers etc.
– Comes with a huge file box of documents. Invoices, Workorders, Receipts, OEM Owners Manuals, 1979 Specific Advertisements, Original Sales Brochures, Factory Booklets, Warranty Pamphlets, Service Books, and Fold Outs.
– Fits in a standard 7’ Garage Door.
– $59,999 Trophies and Awards not included

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