If you need proof that the 1977 International Scout II Traveler can get you anywhere you need to go, take a look at the history of the Baja 1000. As far as off road racing goes, the Baja 1000 is one of the most challenging. The grueling race runs from Tijuana to La Paz, and covers ground that is very inhospitable. In 1977, Jerry Boone completed the race in a Scout II in under 20 hours—nearly two hours ahead of any competitor. The feat won Boone first in the production 4X4 class. What’s more, it solidified the International Scout as an off-road champion.
The Scout II was actually International’s fourth design generation of the Scout. It came with the option of five different engine packages—a 196 cubic inch four cylinder, a 232 or 258 cubic inch six cylinder, or a 304 or 345 V-8. In 1976, a Nissan SD33 diesel engine was also available. Sotheby’s has a Scout II on auction that offers a GM 6.0 liter engine. This scout also features a 4L6OE transmission with a Dana 300 transfer case.
Sotheby’s offering stays true to the off roading heritage of the Scout II. The looks are simple, and the accommodations Spartan. Fully restored, this Scout II Traveler has been customized to maximize its off road potential. The roof rack, front bumper rocker guards, winch, and swing out tire carrier finish off the look of the Traveler. Driving this good looking beast will instantly make anyone look manlier.