When the International Scout first came out it was just a big boxy beast that was incredibly underpowered but was built fairly tough and could survive almost anything. It was a good workhorse, but who would’ve thought thoroughbred under that rugged exterior.
Well, I guess when you put this level of aftermarket products on any four wheel drive vehicle it would almost automatically become a thoroughbred, but there was something about this one that really caught my eye.
It was listed on Craigslist of all things in the Los Angeles area for $63,000, which should give you an idea of just how much work has been done to this thing. The seller claims it would cost well over $100,000 and more than 1,000 man hours to replicate this particular 1963 Scout.
The first thing that needed to be upgraded was the engine when it was first released it had a pathetic 90hp. So naturally that had to be replaced with a 6.2L LS3 V8 that’s been tuned out to produce 570hp, so power is no longer an issue.
Next, would have to be significant improvements made to the suspension system. It now features a full custom race suspension with King 2.5 inch bypasses, coil overs and bumps stops that allow for roughly 20 inches of travel up front and over 30 in the rear. That’s damn near a Trophy Truck suspension setup!
As you can see there many other improvements in pretty much every aspect of the Scout. The interior even has been upgraded to include a Polk Audio sound system and a flush fitted leather dash from a Corvette Z06 which I thought was a very nice touch.
It does come with a full roll cage which means that you could enter it in an actual offroad race if that was something you’re into. The Scout may not have been our first choice to spend that kind of money on for an offroad build. But there is no denying that this thing is absolutely badass and we would be more than happy to be the proud own it.