Unsurprisingly, it costs considerably more than a Jeep Wrangler.
The International Scout was a rugged-off roader produced between 1961 and 1980 by International Harvester, a renowned truck, farm equipment, and heavy machinery company. The goal was to build an off-roader to compete with Jeep. While it had a distinctive design, the International Scout wasn’t known for its longevity or performance.
Enter Velocity Restorations, a 4x4 restoration company that has just unveiled its own modern take on the Scout. Based on a 1979 International Scout II, the company has spent 1,500 hours painstakingly restoring every element. The result is a retro-looking off-roader designed for the modern age.
“We are really proud of our International Scout,” said Brandon Segers, owner of Velocity Restorations. “We found this model in a Texas oil field. We stripped it to the bare metal, and started the frame off restomod process. Every nut and bolt is brand new, the powertrain is improved, and it looks stunning.” The International Scout was notoriously underpowered, but this one has been fitted with a 6.2-liter 376ci LS3 engine (presumably from a Corvette) that produces 430 hp.
To handle that extra grunt and give it more off-road capability, Velocity Restorations has installed Wilwood 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, front and rear sway bars, a Dana 44 front axle, nine-inch rear axle, and raised the suspension by six inches. Aesthetically, the upgraded Scout features a custom grille, front and rear bumpers, modern JW Speaker LED headlights, and a custom bright orange paint job.
Inside, there’s a custom black vinyl interior with paint-matched stitching. While a new Jeep Wrangler starts at $26,995, this modernized International Scout will set you back a hefty $229,000.