1964 International Scout

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The ’64 Scout 4X4 would be a fun off-roader, as long as you didn’t scratch its shiny paint job
The ’64 Scout 4X4 would be a fun off-roader, as long as you didn’t scratch its shiny paint job

Just in time for winter-driving chores, or perhaps opening your own snow-plowing business, comes this 1964 International Scout 4X4 with a shorty pickup body.

These sturdy little workhorses, designed to compete with the Jeep CJ, have become increasing rare as collector cars, although there is a small but active cadre of enthusiasts. Scouts were never beauty-pageant winners, but their blocky proportions – basically what an 8-year-old might draw as a picture of a truck – do have a certain rugged appeal.

This Scout has been restored as a (very) short-bed pickup truck
This Scout has been restored as a (very) short-bed pickup truck

The Pick of the Week is a Scout listed on ClassicCars.com that the dealer in New Braunfels, Texas, says has been lovingly restored to original, including the hard-working four-cylinder engine and three-speed manual transmission. These trucks are known for their ability to go anywhere, just not very fast.

When I look at this cheeky little truckette, I picture chugging through the snow up north between the tall pine trees. Or bouncing over rocky desert trails. Highway driving? Not so much since Scouts are typically geared low for maximum torque to the wheels.

Scouts are usual seen with wagon-style bodies, with a bench seat up front and an enclosed cargo bed in back. The pickup looks cooler, though maybe less versatile with the short open bed, but hey, it’s for fun not practicality.

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According to the dealer’s brief description, the Scout has been treated to a $30,000 restoration to bring it back to original condition, and the photos show a pristine-looking little SUV ready for heading out into back country, although you might not want to get such a pretty truck dirty.  Or scratched.  The asking price is $26,900.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.