Seriously, point us toward the waitlist.
Today, the International Harvester Company is little more than a distant memory - a name known mostly to off-road enthusiasts from an earlier time - but back in the early 1960s, the manufacturer helped create the recreational off-road SUV market as it exists today. Now, inspired by the retro-modern-styled 2021 Ford Bronco, an artist has reimagined the International Harvester Scout as a modern rugged SUV with styling influenced by the new Bronco.
The modernized rendition of the International Harvester Scout was shared on Facebook over the weekend by Abimelec Design, rendered in green with an off-white roof, and black wheels with big, machined-finish hub covers.
The front fascia has been left essentially unaltered, albeit now reading "International" instead of "Bronco", echoing the big "International" badge spanning across the horizontal swing-opening rear hatch. The grille, like the big rear nameplate, is also body-color - a nice, classic-looking touch that differentiates it from the SUV its based on.
Other noticeable differentiators include chrome accents on the front bumper, a chrome rear hatch handle, and a lack of black plastic cladding anywhere along the body sides, giving this Scout a cleaner, more vintage-appropriate look. The rear side windows also appear to be a bit smaller and vintage-appropriate than the ones on the 2021 Ford Bronco.
Add up all those little differences and you end up with a subtly tweaked Bronco-based SUV that's clean and classic-looking in all the right ways. If it were to be put on sale tomorrow, we have no doubt this retro-modern International Harvester Scout would sell like hot cakes as enthusiast-focused off-road vehicles continue to undergo a renaissance in the US new car market.
Realistically, though, the International Harvester brand is now well and dead, and unlikely to make a comeback even to sell something as timeless and cool as this Scout. But we can still dream.