Have A Look At The 1980s International Scout That Never Was

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The International Harvester Scout was a car ahead of its time, in many ways, an SUV from the days when the only people who bought SUVs needed SUVs. The Scout was made from 1961-1980 in two generations, and these pictures seem to suggest a 1980s Scout future that never quite happened.

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These images are from the collection of Dick Hatch, a former International employee, and were originally posted to an International-based forum. They’re especially interesting because they’re radically different from a separate Scout-into-the-’80s International project, the Scout SSV, which International built as a concept car in 1979.

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The International Scout SSV Concept Car (1979)
The International Scout SSV Concept Car (1979)

This alternate-timeline Scout is quite different from the more radical SSV, and seems a much more likely candidate for production in the 1980s. In fact, it really resembles Jeep’s partially Renault-designed Cherokee, which went on to great success in the decade of Pac-Mania and non-musclebound Joe Piscopo.

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The prototype Scout, usually referred to as the Scout III, looks to have a front end that’s a dead ringer for a first-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan, and in side profile really has the crisp, clean-lined look of a Cherokee.

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Of course, International stopped Scout production in 1980, and hasn’t really been a player in the general-public passenger vehicle game since. Still, it’s interesting to look at these drawings and clay models and wonder. A Scout III like this looks like it could have been a real Cherokee competitor, and perhaps today, with a re-vitalized SUV/CUV market, maybe there would still be International-branded non-commercial vehicles you could buy today.

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Then again, maybe they would have been bought by AMC and Daimler and Fiat, too.


Contact the author at jason@jalopnik.com.

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I present you: the swiss Monteverdi Safari, which was based on the International Harvester Scout..a few hundred of them were built between 1976 and 1982