International Pickup Auto Transport
International Harvester had been building trucks and pickups since 1907. The International Harvester Scout Pickup was the sister model to what would pave the way for the Sport Utility Vehicles of today. The Scout was the first American production civilian off-road sport utility vehicle. In the late 1950s, International began a design plan to produce a vehicle to compete with the Jeep CJ. By late 1960 the first Scout was available known as the Scout 80 as a 1961 model year. This model was available as what is more traditionally known as a jeep, and was also offered as a pickup. The Scout 800 replaced the 80 in late 1965. These models had many improvements in comfort and design, including bucket seats, better instrumentation and heating systems and optional rear seats. Given that the Scout was much like a jeep, it was indeed originally created as a competitor to the Jeep CJ, 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. The engine choices varied over the years making for fairly decent models as they continued to be upgraded with better and better equipment. The Scout 80, available from 1961 until 1965, had the 152 4-cylinder as its standard gasoline-powered engine. From 1965 to 1971, models had options of the gasoline-powered 196 4-cylinder, 232 6-cylinder, 266 V-8, or the 304 V-8. A turbocharged version of the 152 4-cylinder engine was offered from 1965 to 1967. The Scout II, available from 1971 until 1980, had the following engine options: the 196 4-cylinder, 232 6-cylinder, 258 6-cylinder, 304 V-8 or the 345 V-8. At the time International did not manufacture a diesel engine small enough to be used in the Scout, but the Nissan SD-33 diesel engine became available for the Scout II in 1976. This engine was replaced by the SD-33T turbo diesel engine by 1980. This half cab pickup would not have been able to survive in the modern day pickup truck segment, as it is quite ruthless.