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Pick of the Day: Soft top 1978 International Harvester Scout II

Traveler provides an alternative to the herd of vintage Broncos


Vintage Ford Broncos have become so popular — and expensive — of late that if you have one, you’re in jeopardy of seeing yourself coming and going whether you’re on or off pavement.

If you want to stand out from the Bronco herd, consider the Pick of the Day,  a 1978 International Harvester Scout II Traveler being offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Scout, Pick of the Day: Soft top 1978 International Harvester Scout II, ClassicCars.com Journal

The Scout II was launched for the 1971 model year as the successor to the original Scout, introduced in 1961 as a compact 4×4 utility vehicle. For the 1971 model year, the Scout II was available in four body styles  —  Traveler, Traveltop, Terra Pickup and SSII. The Pick of the Day is a restored Traveler done in Lunar Rock Gray with a period-correct graphics package and full black soft top, the dealer notes.

“This is a nicely restored truck that never fails to turn heads.”

The dealer adds that this Traveler has GRC custom front and rear bumpers, SSII grille, and 33-inch tires on 17-inch alloy wheels with locking hubs for 4×4 travel. It is equipped with power steering and power brakes (discs up front).

Scout, Pick of the Day: Soft top 1978 International Harvester Scout II, ClassicCars.com Journal

The engine is a 345cid V8 with FiTech fuel injection and the gearbox is a 4-speed manual. The 345 was an optional powerplant, and this one has been rebuilt. The dealer notes that the use of fuel injection makes it easy to start, provides “excellent throttle response and makes good power throughout the rev range.”

Of 23,610 Scout II models for the 1971 year, 21,192 were equipped with either a 304 or 345 V8 rather than the standard 196 4-cylinder or optional 198cid Nissan diesel. 

“Flowmaster dual exhaust helps it breathe and delivers a throaty exhaust note. Driveline, suspension, steering and brakes have been fully overhauled with rebuilt axles, full brake job including new lines, new front locking hubs, and more.”

The odometer shows 18,737 miles, presumably the travel since the restoration. 

 “Interior is tastefully finished with GTI plaid upholstery on the seats with matching door panels,” the dealer points out. “Modern AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth, USB and aux input. Wood steering wheel. Roll bar with three-point seat belts for both the front and rear occupants. All interior and exterior lighting had been upgraded to LED. Interior floors have been rhino lined for all-weather durability.”

The dealer adds that this is the long-wheelbase version of the Scout II, extended 18 inches in the rear.

The asking price is $74,900.  To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


    • He does say in the Ad that it is a Traveller. It’s obvious you can’t read. Look at your own spelling in the rude comment you posted!

  1. Larry, Really? In jeopardy of Seeing yourself coming or going in an Early Ford Bronco???? Still rare to see a nice Early Ford Bronco on the road…sure they are very popular but still rarely seen especially super nice ones. This Scout is as much as a similar Early Bronco so your lead in is sort of weak. The Scout looks nice but lacks the styling of a Bronco in my opinion.


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