International Scout II

The International Harvester Scout

was one of the first production American civilian off-road sport utility vehicles (SUVs). It was originally created as a competitor to the Jeep, and similar to that vehicle, early models featured fold-down windshields. The first generation Scout and second generation Scout II were produced as two-door vehicles with options of a half cab pickup truck or a removable full hard or soft top. Scouts were manufactured from 1961 to 1980 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

There were several production models of the Scout:
  • Scout 80/800 (1961-1971): The original production model (the original Ford Bronco was inspired by this version).
  • Scout 810 (1971): Some early Scout II's contain Scout 810 labeling on the glove box.
  • Scout II (1971-1980): The later standard production model with a removable soft or hardtop (100 in wheelbase).
  • Scout II Terra (1976-1980): The light pickup truck version (118 in wheelbase).
  • Scout II Traveler (1976-1980): This version had a removable fiberglass hardtop, optional 3rd row of seats(118 in wheelbase).
  • Soft-top Safari II (SSII) (1977-1979): This model had removable fabric doors, a roll-bar, and soft-top. The Soft-top Safari model was tagged the "SSII" by the IH marketing folks. As a result, buyers were generally unaware of the actual "Soft-top Safari" name. Eventually the "SS" letters were assumed to stand for "Super Scout", the name this model is called today.
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 152 4-cylinder engine, a fold-down windshield, vacuum windshield wipers mounted to the top of the windshield and an IH logo in the center of the grille.

The Scout 800 replaced the 80 in late 1965. 800s were built from late 1965 to 1968. These models had many improvements in comfort and design, including bucket seats, better instrumentation and heating systems, optional rear seats, and optional 196 4-cyl, 232 6-cyl, or 266 V-8 engines. A turbocharged version of the 152 4-cylinder (the 152-T) was offered from 1965-1967. 1969 saw the introduction of the 800A, which replaced the 800. Improvements included more creature comfort options, a slightly different front end treatment, drive-train upgrades (heavier rear axle and quieter Dana 20 transfer case) and the 304 V-8 option.

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