International Harvester Scout: History of an Off-Road Icon

International Harvester Scout: History of an Off-Road Icon

Car badge finished in chrome that says Scout All Wheel Drive on a red door

The International Harvester Scout, an iconic off-road vehicle, was introduced in 1960 by the International Harvester Company in response to the growing demand for versatile four-wheel-drive vehicles. The Scout was designed to cater to both civilian and military needs, embodying ruggedness and adaptability.

Red International Harvester Scout 80 with dark sky and mountain in background
Look at this first gen Scout, an unsung off-road icon.
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The first generation, the Scout 80, debuted in 1960. It featured a compact design, a removable hardtop, and a fold-down windshield. Powering the Scout 80 were various engine options, including a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and a 3.2L six-cylinder engine, with horsepower ranging from 93 to 114, providing drivers with versatility across diverse terrains.

International Harvester Scout 80 engine bay
Custom Interior of a Scout 80 with refinished steering wheel, dash and seats
Not a bad view… Cleaned up and buttoned up with just the necessities.
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