Sure a Bronco is cool but it's not 1971 International Harvester Scout cool.
The new Ford Bronco is coming, and it has reminded everyone that the original Bronco was a fantastic SUV. Old Broncos are seemingly popping up everywhere at the moment. Even modified 1970s models are selling at around the $60,000 mark, and that's an indicator the market is reaching its apex. There's no doubting the Bronco is cool in any guise, but any car gets less cool when everyone is driving one. We recommend digging a bit deeper for some 1970s utility vehicle cool and check out this 1971 International Harvester Scout 800B.
The Scout 800B we're looking at just popped up on Bring A Trailer for auction, and it's hard to miss due to the color. If our history is correct, Schoolbus Yellow was actually a factory color in 1971. According to the listing, the vehicle was initially bought in Arizona and still resides in the state. That means little chance of rust on the frame and, judging by the one picture of the underside, it looks like it's been well protected anyway.
The 800B was the last of the 800 series and was only available for eight months before being replaced by the Scout II, so this is a rare bird as well. There were several engines available for the 800 series, and this Scout has the correct one in the form of the range-topping 304-cui (5.0-liter) V8.
The listed Scout 800B comes with stock steel wheels and wear covers, and is fitted with Warn locking hubs at the front. It also has the tailgate-mounted spare tire option along with dual rearview mirrors. The seller also includes a white hardtop, but we're disappointed that there are no pictures of it installed. While going roofless is the best way to enjoy a rugged utility vehicle, the Scout looks even better with the top on.
With 71,000 miles on the clock, this Scout has been driven as intended, but has also been well looked after. According to the listing, it recently won a first place award in the Stock 800 category at an International Harvester owners show.