1965 International Harvester Scout 80 4×4
•Factory steel cab pickup with optional barn door heater
•The final year for this seminal Scout 80 design
•Grabber Blue with white top, black trim and black interior
•4-152 Comanche 152 CID four-cylinder engine
•Borg Warner three-speed manual transmission (T-14)
•Spicer 27 or Spicer 27A front axles with Spicer 27 or Spicer 44 rear axles with a Spicer 18 transfer case
•Ladder chassis and steel bodywork but with a removable roof and fold down windshield
•Front locking hubs and alloy wheels with 265/75R16 tires
For those seeking a ready alternative to Willys’ Jeep CJ models, the natural alternative was International-Harvester’s Scout. Built at International’s Fort Wayne, Indiana factory, MotoeXotica Classic Cars is pleased to offer this 1965 International-Harvester Scout 80 “split-stick” 4×4 which is the the final year for the original seminal Scout 80 design. We find that this little grabber blue 4×4 Scout to be the cutest truck in our inventory! It would serve a fun purpose as a beach cruiser or a families summer lake house vehicle! It sure looks better than the neighbors side-by-side!
The scout 80 came in five different variations and this Scout is a factory steel cab top 4×4 version. International advertised the steel cab in 1965 as recommended for winter duty north of the Mason-Dixon Line and so is the heater.
- The truck’s grabber blue paint and trim are in overall very good condition.
- The bodywork is nice, the engine bay is in tidy condition, the black bumpers are in great shape and the battery looks very good. The cargo bed area still retains the original metal but has some bangs from the past 50 years and the tailgate is in great condition.
- Under the hood is International’s 152 CID Comanche four-cylinder motor, backed by a three-speed Borg Warner T-14 manual transmission that routes all-wheel drive power to the wheels via a Spicer 18 case and a pair of Spicer axles and front locking hubs. Both front and rear differentials were offset to the passenger side for the purpose of lining up the driveshafts with the transfer case and clearing obstacles offload.
- Only four-cylinder engines were offered in the Scout 80 but there was an optional turbocharger.
- The 152 CID engines were overhead-valve slant-four powerplants derived from the 304 V-8 engine and designated the 4-152 Comanche. The three-speed manual transmission was the Borg Warner T-14 in the 4WD Scouts and the iron-case, gear-drive transfer case was a Spicer 18 (2.46:1 low range) with offset rear output.
-0 This Scout rolls on Cooper Discoverer ATP tires, size 265/75R16 tires, each one mounted on a vented, alloy wheel. The tires and wheels are all in very good order.
- Inside, the black bench seat are in very good shape, while the metal steel cab headliner is in good, original order. The Scout’s interior is decidedly spartan, mirroring a time when the design focus was utility and reliability. The four-spoke steering wheel is in good, original order, while the inner door liners and metal instrument panel are all in good condition.
- The original Scout was the Model 80 which sat on a 100-inch wheelbase. It was brought to market in 1961 in both 4×2 and 4×4 models, with the 4WD versions more popular. IH produced a tick over 100,000 units during the Model 80’s five-year lifespan.
- In 1961, International Harvester advertised the new Scout stating, “Quick-change artist. In minutes, you can make the Scout whatever kind of vehicle you want. Weather tight cab top, doors and windows are easy to take off, even the windshield folds down. It’s a station wagon, a convertible, a light-duty hauler, a runabout…like having four vehicles for the price of one!” The Scout 80 was offered with several different removable top options and a fold-down windshield.
- The short wheelbase SUV sat on a ladder-frame similar to the trucks of the day. The Scout 80 had a payload rating of 800 pounds and used a leaf-spring suspension with straight axles, as was common.
- The front 4WD axle was a closed-knuckle Spicer 27 or 27A. The rear axle could be a Spicer 27 or a Spicer 44 (starting in 1962). Powr-Lok limited-slip units were also optional. Factory standard axle ratio was 4.27:1, but for some years, 3.73:1 and 4.88:1 ratios were optional. Manual steering was via a Ross steering box and linkage and drum brakes sat at all four corners.
Competition to this Scout in 1965 included Willys’ and Kaiser’s Jeep models and Ford’s new-for-1966 Bronco. If you’re after a new off-roader that’s not a Jeep, you owe it to yourself to visit our many Classic Cars today and check out this Scout 80 4×4 for yourself as these scout 80’s are becoming hard to find!
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