International Harvester has a rich history when it comes to producing off-roaders. The company began building trucks in 1907 and became more people-oriented during the 50s. Much like nearly every other off-road vehicle manufacturer of the time, International Harvester wanted a vehicle that could trade blows with the infamous Jeep CJ, and so the Scout was born. The Scout too, came much later, and the model you see here is the ever more rare soft-top variant. From its looks, you can tell that this 1973 International Harvester Scout has come a long way since it rolled out of the factory, but all the better, as it now represents modern styling with a mix of classic American ruggedness. With 90,000 miles on its odometer, this restored Scout II drives strong and is awaiting new ownership.
If we're sure about one thing, it's that Harvester Scouts from the 70s looked nothing like this. An otherwise boring pickup truck has been given an up-to-date makeover courtesy of a lime green paint job. Accents have been painted in black for a more refined finish, dull headlights have been replaced with LEDs, and this 1973 International Harvester Scout II now sits on a meaty set of off-road tires to remind us of its ruggedness. As for the interior, its black leather finish is a compliment to the black accents on the exterior and has been modernized with Corbeau bucket seats up front. A Pioneer infotainment system is a definite upgrade from the original, but for those who like to indulge in a little bit of 'originality', the gritty wooden framed steering wheel from the original Scout seems to have kept its place.
Powering this revolutionized 1973 Harvester Scout II is a 345ci naturally aspirated V8 coupled with a 3-speed Borg Warner T-14 manual transmission, bringing the experience of driving this vehicle very much back to its roots in the 70s.
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