1975 International Harvester Scout II


International Harvester is probably best known for its enormous array of agricultural equipment, but back in the 1960s and 70s, they were busy building badass fourbies, like this 1975 Scout II for sale at GR Auto Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

With just a little over 12,000 miles on the odometer and a number of refurbishments including fresh paint and upholstery, we think this Scout is a really solid deal at just $37,900. It’s the kind of resto that is just enough to be beautiful, but not too perfect as to make you nervous to get it dirty. 

The Model.

Driven by the popularity of the Jeep marque and in particular the CJ, International Harvester set in the late 50s to design a capable competitor. Leveraging their knowledge and expertise from more than a half century of building tractors and trucks, IH built the Scout. It was a stout, boxy truck that quickly became wildly popular, and really stayed that way throughout its entire production run with over 500,000 produced in total.

The Scout II, which is what this for-sale-example is, was manufactured from April 1971 through 1980. It didn’t change a ton through those 9 years, but the best way to tell them apart is the configuration of the front grille. Early Scout IIs had three horizontal bars between the headlights and chrome rings around the headlights, and in 1973 switched to 14 vertical bars between the headlights, a split in the middle, seven bars on each side surrounded by chrome trim pieces and an "International" model plate low on the left side. The grilles stayed pretty similar until the 1980 MY, when it was designed with a one-piece ABS plastic grill with square headlights colored in either black or silver.

International Harvester got out of the passenger vehicle business in 1980, but recently there’s been some speculation that Volkswagen may bring the Scout name back to life after acquiring the trademark from International Harvester. If and when it happens, it’ll be an all-electric SUV. 

The Specs.

This Scout II lived most of its life in Arizona, with only a couple of years in Colorado most recently, and as a result it’s rust-free. It has a fresh coat of Desert Dune paint and there has been some really beautiful work to upgrade the interior as well, including a new headliner, new cloth seats with leather trim and a custom leather dash pad. The characteristic round headlights have been replaced by modern retrofit LED headlights and one of my favorite features of this one are the Desert Dune color-matched 15” wheels wrapped in meaty knobbies.

Let the fine folks at GR Auto Gallery tell and show you more about this dandy:


  • 345 cubic inch V8
  • 3-speed Borg Warner automatic transmission
  • Dana 44 front and rear axles 


  • Jack tools and spare (stowed in rear)
  • New red cloth interior with leather trim
  • Custom leather dash pad
  • New headliner


  • New Desert Dune paint with matte black roof
  • Color-matched stock 15” wheels with gloss black lip
  • Michelin M/S off-road tires 
  • Period-correct roof rack
  • Aftermarket LED headlights

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