Voters last week seemed to be of the honest and upright variety, immediately making them candidates for office, but making the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 a Pass-me-by deal. It seems the Modifications of Questionable Legality made that Japanese beast a little too hot to handle.
Today’s simulation oxidation 1979 International Harvester Scout II is all American, and sports modifications of its own – that raise very different questions. It’s been given a once (or twice) over, but will its $20,000 price tag make you Pass over it entirely?
Though they don’t make consumer vehicles anymore, International Harvester helped build the foundations of the American SUV industry, and their Scout and Scout II famously enjoyed a 19 year run before finally succumbing to the Jeep CJ Wrangler, the off-roader it was designed to fight.
It was offered with several engine options over the years. This mean green example, according to the dealer, carries a V8, though, since the listed VIN is vinaccurate (or just unlisted), we don’t know if it’s the 304 or the 345 ci. Either way, you’re unfortunately not going to use it to get anywhere fast. Even the best-case-scenario 345, typical of malaise-era V8s, was underpowered, producing only 150 hp. Worse still, the three-speed manual seems to have been replaced by a slush-box automatic.
Not to worry, though. Someone has airbrushed a horizontal inferno pouring out from behind the grille, which is an automatic 50 extra horsepower. Hopefully that illustration won’t be realized, Ferrari style, since the Scout’s odometer reads just 58,371 miles.
To match that blazin’ art, the Scout rolls on chrome dubs, with a gate-mounted spare to match. The wheels look just about as excited about your next camping trip as Paris Hilton might. But though they may get scratched on such an expedition, they won’t get stuck, because when the 4WD fails, the bumper-mounted winch won’t.
To drown out that winch motor’s whine, there’s a modern stereo system with an undisclosed number of speakers. And you can enjoy your music as you sink back into your comfy seats, which, along with the rest of the interior, seem to have been covered in John Ford’s imagination.
The seller, a Kansas City dealer, is asking $19,950 for this customized machine, which is a bit more than other Scouts you might find on Craigsbay. But this one is different, right? That’s clear enough, but how different is it? Its roll cage, plastic grille, and soft top might give some hints as to what this Scout is was. Could it be one of the rare, desert-race-winning SSII editions?
So you tell us. Is 20 grand too much to ask for this possibly rare, possibly ruined International Scout II, or do the custom upgrades modifications and paint job make it a steal? Vote in the comments!