The most perfect SUV restorations seamlessly marry new world performance and capability with old world charm. And this renovated 1977 International Scout II has all of those things in spades thanks to a custom restoration that left this legendary off-road racer not only aesthetically pleasing, but also ready to meet any challenge ahead of it.
If you don’t know the history of the 1977 International Scout, you’re probably not alone. Per RM Sotheby’s
The International Scout, made by International Harvester from 1961 to 1980, was a popular precursor to today’s SUV. With a 100-in. wheelbase and powered by a variety of optional engines, it was a popular alternative to its competitor, the legendary Jeep. The Scout II, which, despite its name, was the fourth design generation of the Scout, offered five different engine packages: a 196-cu. in. four-cylinder, 232- and 258-cu. in. six-cylinders, and a 304 and 345 V-8. By 1976, the Nissan SD33 diesel was also an option.
The Scout II proved to be a fierce competitor both on the street and the highly popular off-road racing circuit. Jerry Boone drove a Scout II specially modified for the rigors of competition in the legendary and grueling Baja 1000 in 1977. Finishing the run in under 20 hours and nearly two hours ahead of his competitors, Mr. Boone finished 1st in the production 4 × 4 class and cemented the Scout II as an off-road icon.
The Scout II offered here is the spiritual descendent of Mr. Boone’s legendary ride. This Traveler has been fully restored and heavily, though tastefully, customized for maximum off-road performance. It is powered by a GM 6.0-liter engine that runs through a 4L60E transmission and Dana 300 transfer case. It also features a roof rack, front bumper rocker guards, winch, and a swing out tire carrier.
See more photos of this beauty and learn more about how you can be this SUV’s next owner at RM Sotheby’s.