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Near Mint Scout II Surfaces On Ebay

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On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Salamone

Near Mint Scout II Surfaces On Ebay

Every now and again a true gem stands out from the veritable hodge podge of random vehicles at Ebay Motors, and people notice. Usually, though, that gem is a slightly used Viper or low mileage resto mod Volkswagen Beetle complete with safari rack and tweed seats. With only two days remaining to bid, another type of vehicle has captured the spotlight: a 1973 International Harvester Scout II.

What’s so alluring about this particular Scout? Well, the owner claims this loyal truck carries only 86,000 miles and has never been sheltered by another garage. Ebay Motors writer Tony Piff claims: “It looks like an impressively well preserved time capsule, with straight panels and shiny paint. Even the fake woodgrain paneling is intact.”

The current, and sole, owner suggests that this Scout II is rust-free and runs quite well. Perhaps more impressive, the vehicle comes with power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning—which still blows cold. The engine bay and mechanics are all stock, straight from the manufacturer, with the exception of usable items like oil or hoses. The owner does note that the Carburetor sometimes stutters when the ambient temperature dons the Ushanka hat of winter.

Over the years many Scout IIs have slipped into junk yards or been chopped for parts simply because people used and abused these early SUVs for their original function. People modded them for work trucks, rock crawlers, and left them to die—broken and defeated. But, this model is different.

This Scout II is all original, low mileage, and looks to still have a long life ahead. It may not be the best vehicle for the Rubicon Trail, but could probably handle some slippery back roads.

Ebay has sold a total of 3,442 International Scouts in the past two years. The ‘most collectible’ or modified models average around $8,400. This fine example has already surpassed the average, topping over $9,000 with days remaining in the auction and culminating in a traditional final hour bidding frenzy. How much will this Scout II finally sell for? That’s hard to say, but let’s hope the new owner(s) remember to wash, wax, and repeat with some kind of regularity.

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dwalter | 12:43PM (Mon, Sep 26, 2011)

it'll be interesting to see how much it goes for

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