This is actually quite rare.
International Harvester Scout fans are probably a little jealous of their Ford Bronco counterparts these days. The latter group has just seen their beloved off-road SUV reborn as a modern-day vehicle with styling inside and out that's just about perfect. Ford really couldn't have done a better job.
Unfortunately for Harvester enthusiasts, International, now called Navistar International, has zero plans for a new SUV, retro or not. It's a pity. That also means Harvester owners and hopeful owners are going to have to make do with what's out there, and those SUVs are aging fast. The last International Harvester Scout to roll off the assembly line was in 1980.
While every surviving Scout is cool and has its own unique story, some examples are more unique than others. This is one of them.
Up for sale on Craigslist is this numbers matching 1971 International Scout 800B Comanche Edition, of which just 1,500 examples were built. The Scout 800B itself is a highly sought after version because it was sold for less than eight months. The redesigned and improved Scout II soon replaced it.
Compared to the 800A, the 800B was nearly identical, save for chrome headlight surrounds instead of the previous matte black. But there was one other key difference. In its very limited lifespan, the 800B was offered with the Comanche package, which came with unique paint and decals, chrome trim and wheels, a roof rack, and sliding travel-top windows.
The interior also received some upgrades, though it was still quite Spartan inside. This particular example also has the highly sought after 304 cubic inch V8 and five-speed manual gearbox combo. It still has the factory original paint that has since accumulated a lovely patina. The decals and factory chrome wheels are also original. One rare option it has is the factory headliner. And, of course, there's the removable top. Other notable features are the Holley 2-barrel carburetor and dual fuel tanks.
The seller claims it still runs and drives without any issues and the new owner will also receive the original 30-year-old+ California title and a copy of the factory line setting ticket.
The price? The seller is asking $26,500 which, according to them, is around half of what similar surviving examples have recently sold for. Supposedly, there are no more than 300 documented 800B Comanche's left and this one has been a California vehicle its entire life.
The International Harvester Scout community, like other devout vehicle make and model groups, is a close-knit bunch and surely owning this Scout will earn you immediate membership and respect, not to mention comradery.