International Scout gasser doing wheelies is as cool as it sounds

We're not sure many vehicles have ever left the factory that are less suited for low 11 second 1/4 miles and serious wheelies than the International Scout 80. That is exactly why the fact this 1963 International Scout is somehow capable of both of these impressive feats is so cool.


Believe it or not this Scout has been terrorizing the drag strip since it was built in the early 70s. Back then it was known as the "Elephant Hunter" and had a 426 Hemi under the hood. Thanks to the Hemi, the custom beam axle front end, setback engine position and a 1959 Oldsmobile rear end with 5.14 Schiefer gears the Scout was capable of 12 second 1/4 miles.

At some point the "Elephant Hunter" was retired from the drag strip and fell into a state of disrepair. That was until current owner Dave Pelissier found the Scout and decided to bring it back to life. The little truck now features a 510 horsepower 377ci small block Chevy V8 connected to a Chevy TH400 transmission.


Watching the updated "Elephant Hunter" do wheelies and record 11 second 1/4 times is probably even more weird than it was in the early 70s. The bizarre nature of it combined with our deep love of all things International Scout easily makes this truck one of the coolest things we've seen in a while.


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Most fun to be had at a drag strip. That snowmobile running somewhere around a 12 second run is pretty cool too.