WWVA May Blog – International Harvester Scout II

May 2017

International Harvester Scout II

The vintage 4×4 market is on fire! There is not a more popular vehicle to own this summer than a short wheel base 4×4. The following is a list of a few options and one of our favorites.

The popularity of the early Ford Broncos and FJ40’s has been tremendous over the last few years. Ford introduced the Bronco in 1966 and the most popular years were at the end of the production run in 1976 and 1977. Some of the later features included power steering and power brakes. Every year production had a removable hard top and was 4 wheel drive.

Toyota competed with Ford by providing their FJ series of “Land Cruiser.” They were produced from 1960 to 1984. These short wheel base SUV’s came with Inline 6 cylinder motors that begin at 3.8L in the 60’s and increased to 4.2L during the end of the production run. They were extremely well received and have become very popular today as many are restored back to their original glory. In addition, many have been highly modified and are selling north of $35,000.

International Harvester was also in the running during this time and was producing a short wheel base, full convertible SUV called the Scout. The early Scout’s were built beginning in 1961 with the Scout 80 model. They featured 154 CID Inline 4 cylinder motors.

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In 1966 the Scout 800 debuted and was similar but had larger engines and electric wipers. The 800 was built into the 1968 model year when in November the 800A hit the assembly line. Larger motor options and other creature comforts like Dana 20 axles made the 800A more desirable.

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IHC made a transition to the 800B model in August of 1970 and only produced them until March of 1971. This limited run SUV had very few upgrades or changes from the 800A

Then in 1971, the Scout II was introduced and they remained in production for nearly 9 years. This short wheelbase SUV featured a removable soft or hard top and had a 100-inch wheelbase. There were several motor choices with the most desirable being the 345 CID V8. The Scout II was built until October of 1980. Most of the changes over time were in the grill and 4×4 components (including axles and gear ratios). Motor size increased over time as well.

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The Scout SSII (super-sport) was a limited production run from 1977-1979 and only 4,000 units of this soft top, soft door version were produced.

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WWVA thinks that the IHC Scouts are just now finding their home among 4×4 enthusiasts. They are much more affordable than their Toyota and Ford counterparts.

We feel that with many of the same features, strong V8 engines, and classic American design, the Scout will continue to grow in popularity. Worldwide Vintage Autos has many Scouts available and scours the country on a daily basis to find the very best examples available.

Visit our website often and sign up to become a VIP member. You will receive exclusive access to our inventory and have a chance to get discounted pricing on our very special inventory.

Sean B

WWVA Acquisition team

Classic Car Restoration

The term”restoration” in context to the vintage car world has taken on a definition of its own. For some people, a restoration is simply painting a car and replacing items as needed, while for others, restoration means an extensive disassembly and overhaul, with each piece getting rebuilt or replaced.

 

As a consumer, it’s important to understand the basics of restoration levels for it can impact classic car values substantially. There are hundreds of ways to “restore” a vintage car or truck including but not limited to the following: i). Frame off restoration. Body of vehicle is completely taken off the frame and restoration includes body, frame, floor pans (top and bottom), etc. these restorations tend to be extensive and costly. ii). Rotisserie restoration. These restorations are when the body (or body and frame on a unibody vehicle) are disassembled and restored utilizing a rotisserie. Body of vehicle is completely taken off the frame and restoration includes body, frame, floor pans (top and bottom), etc. these restorations tend to be extensive and costly and iii). Cosmetic or “driver quality” restoration. These restoration are typically limited to cosmetic items including paint and body, interior, trim and emblems, etc. Within the three levels or restoration mentioned above, there can be varying quality from an “in the garage / amateur” restoration to a high dollar professional “concours” restoration. There is a universal 100 point grading system rating classic car conditions ranging from 100 being excellent to 20 being unrestorable.    

 

In addition to the levels of restoration above, it’s important to understand the type of restoration as well for it can also impact value substantially. Type of restorations include: i). Factory or stock restoration. This type of restoration is geared towards restoring the car or truck to stock specs from the factory as if it were new. These types of restorations use original or oem (original equipment manufacturer) where possible. Factory original restorations tend to bring the highest dollars from collectors. ii). Custom restoration. These types of restorations are geared towards builder preference over factory stock. These can be refereed to as “customs” or “hot rods”. Typically these vehicles will have custom paint work, aftermarket wheels, suspension upgrades, power plant transplants, etc. A specific sector of custom restoration vehicles is “pro-touring” or “restomod / restomods” which are custom built with a more modern street performance and creature comforts than the original factory vehicle.

Land Rover Defender: A British Off-Road Icon

Despite only 7,000 Land Rovers being built to North American spec from 1993-1997, it remains one of the most iconic and desirable off-road 4X4s on the market today. These vehicles continue to appreciate in value as they become more rare in their original spec. No two years of NAS Defenders are the same, as the engine, transmission and options lists changed year to year. Land Rover offered a soft top exclusively to the North American market in a variety of colors. While the 110 offered seating for 9 people, the 90 was customizable; one bench accommodating two passengers or four inward facing chairs.

 

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Up until 1993, the Range Rover was the only vehicle offered in the United States, but Land Rover knew there was huge potential for success with the Land Rover 90, 110 and Discovery. The first 500 alpine white Defender 110s hit US markets in 1993 and laid the groundwork for Land Rovers success over the next 4 years. This allowed for the success of the 1,943 Defenders 90s that arrived in 1994.

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The Land Rover Defender’s rugged capability, consistent styling, and unique shape have kept it at the forefront of classic, off-road 4X4s.

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Take a look at our current stock of classic Land Rovers: http://www.worldwidevintageautos.com/inventory/?Make=Land%20Rover/

Worldwide Vintage Autos Car Giveaway Benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Worldwide Vintage Autos is pleased to announce the winner of our 1932 Ford T Bucket giveaway! Steve S. from Phoenix, Arizona is the proud new owner of this incredible, supercharged Ford. Steve is a long time subscriber to the Worldwide Vintage Autos VIP list giving him early access and special discounts on our newest inventory.

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Steve has generously decided to auction the Ford at no reserve to the highest bidder at the Russo and Steele auction in Phoenix this coming January. He plans to donate all of the proceeds to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. As a non-profit organization, Phoenix Children’s Hospital depends on the generosity of donors to remain one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals and provide the best care possible. For more information, visit them at http://www.phoenixchildrens.org/

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Worldwide Vintage Autos would like to recognize and thank Steve for his gracious contribution to this very worthy cause.

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Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q_hlxkL-Oc/

   

Vintage Vehicles & Smart Investing… More Than Just A Hobby

Overall the vintage vehicle market has not only seen a growth in popularity and investor interest, the demand for classics has never been greater. With the demand growing, and the number of classic cars, obviously, not changing, the value of these vehicular throwbacks are increasing, sometimes exponentially.

What the Dow Jones Investment – Collector Car Index by the Wall Street Journal, and other metrics, has shown is that most classic, vintage, and antique cars and trucks have appreciated in value over the last five years. For example, the 1960s VW Van has increased in value 185% over the last five years, and 344% over the last ten.

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About five years ago buying a vintage car started to be considered another example of “passion investing”, like an investment into an art portfolio. Passion investing is something a person does when they really care for something or wanted but don’t have, and, that thing has value. Some invest in wine and restaurants, and some in watches and gems. As a result, vintage cars and trucks have become their own asset class, like blue chip stocks or bonds.

In fact, this move to using vehicles as, well investment vehicles, is due in part to the exponential increase in value of A-List vintage cars (like the 1965 Shelby GT350 and 1959 BMW 507 Roadster). According to Hagerty’s Blue Chip: Index of the Automotive A-List this asset class of collector cars has grown from around a half-million to over 2.5 million dollars over the last 10 years. That’s a significant rate of return.

Now, if you found a 1965 Ferrari 275 GBT in some farmer’s field and offered him twenty-grand (and he took it!) your rate of return on this investment would be unheard of. With some decent cash put into a comprehensive, off-body restoration, your $20,000.00 car purchase would be worth millions today.

1980 Ferrari for Sale

For those of us not in the million-dollar car investing bracket, there are some great prospects out there. For example, both the International Scout and Scout II has some also seen significant appreciation as well. Even the 1970 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser (a station wagon) has jumped in value to the tune of over a 100% increase over the last five years. The old Datsun 240Z is another one to keep your eye on. These cars are all less expensive than a new VW, but instead of depreciating as soon as you drive a new car off the lot, these cars are projected to increase in value over the next five to ten years. These vintage cars and trucks are considered “Buy” vehicles, because of this projection. A “Sell” vehicle is considered one that’s reached its value apex. The “Hold” vintage car is one that has good value, and may see a significant increase in the coming years – the idea here is to sell it when it reaches its high point.

The last five years has moved car collecting from a mere hobby to its own recognized investment class in the world of high finance – so much so that there are now exchanges that show vintage vehicle values like your Apple stock on the NASDAQ or mutual fund.

See what other smart investments some of our savvy customers have made in the past by exploring our gallery of Vintage, Classic, and Exotic Vehicles and get inspired today!

Going Offroad: What Happened to Vintage 4×4’s and Why They’re Back in the Spotlight

Everybody loves vintage vehicles – the sense of nostalgia taking you back to yesteryear cruising for the sake of cruising, not in a rush to get to work or complete some errand in our hectic, electronic world today.

Now, an existing but now growing in popularity, the vintage 4×4 is taking the spotlight. Many think of a ’57 Chevy or an old James Bond Aston Martin when they think of classic and vintage vehicles, but 4x4s are gaining interest and becoming another worthy investment for the collector.

1977 Ford Bronco for Sale

A cherry 1968 Ford Bronco is becoming a head turner more than ever these days. And, that once $2,500.00 4×4 is worth more than 15 times than its original sticker price. The original International Scout and its successor the Scout II are a couple of vintage 4x4s to keep your eye on too. Tough and versatile these are not only serious 4x4s, they turn in to convertibles with a couple of guys and a wrench to take off the top.

There is something to be said about rolling around in a big 4×4 that was built before you were born. Knowing your 1960 Chevy Apache K10 4×4 will probably just get a dent in an accident (with the 2016 Escalade that hit you being totaled out) lends confidence when out on the road.

The craftsmanship behind older cars and trucks was hearty and meant to be built to last, hence the increasing demand for vintage 4x4s, and the availability of 50-plus year old 4x4s. Not only built tougher and easier to work on, vintage 4x4s are more fun to drive. Raw power with eye-catching lines your vintage 4×4 can take you downtown for a night of frivolity or allow you to power through snowdrifts and easily ford a river. Form, function, and fun all in one powerful package!

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Within the vintage 4×4 market the WWII era and other old world military 4×4 trucks, like the Willy’s Jeep and the beastly Unimog, are finding a big following. And, the old military truck market is filled with amazing gems ranging from tracked vehicles and tanks to big 4×4 troop transports and Jeeps.

Today, the world of old 4x4s and trucks is capturing the hearts of the novice and experienced collectors alike. The appeal for these big, powerful machines is many fold, but the simple fact is, an old, well-built 4×4 gives us a sense of strength and omnipotence knowing we can power through any environment with nary a scratch – a testament to the sturdiness and quality of these trucks of days gone by.

Want to get a vintage 4×4 of your own? Browse our current inventory of classic, vintage, & rare cars for sale today and let us help you get the 4×4 you’ve always wanted!