International Harvester was founded in Chicago, at first concerned with the manufacture of agricultural machinery and construction equipment. It came about as the result of a 1902 merger between the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company, along with three smaller agricultural equipment firms: Milwaukee; Plano; and Warder, Bushnell, and Glessner (manufacturers of Champion brand).
The first major product from International Harvester was the Titan 10-20 and 15-30 tractor; then in 1924 came the “Farmall” tractor, a smaller general-purpose iteration designed to fend off competition from the Ford Motor Company's “Fordson” tractors. In automotive terms, International Harvester is best remembered as a maker of relatively successful and innovative “light” line of vehicles, competing directly against the Big 3. The most common were pickup trucks, the “Scout” models being the most known to Australians.
The Scout started out as a small “Jeep” style 2 door SUV, then in 1972 came the Scout II, and from 1974 onward “Dana 44” axles, power steering and power disk brakes
1975 - 1980
The International Scout Traveler filled its role well, that of a large multi-purpose 4WD. There was plenty of room in the back, in fact enough for two to sleep comfortably, and enough to transport a serious amount of gear for that extended trip off the tarmac. It stood in stark contrast to the svelte shape of the Range Rover, making no pretence at being small, nimble or, for that matter, fuel efficient. More>>
1975 - 1980
During the 1970’s the American adage that “Big is Beautiful” usually held true, but there were a few notable exceptions. Ford had proved this with their top selling Bronco, small by US standards it was able to go places the bigger 4x4’s simply were unable to go, mainly because of their sheer size! International followed suit with the Scout Terra, but in the process stole a march on the opposition by producing it as a pick-up which was smaller than other 4WD pick-ups on the market. More>>
1975 - 1980
The Scout Traveltop from International Harvester was aimed at buyers of four-wheel-drive vehicles who wanted the power and comfort of the enormous Scout Traveler but without the size and weight of the top-of-the-line vehicle in the Scout range. The short wheelbase iteration carried over almost identical mechanicals, although purists thought the styling of the SWB iteration was less than beautiful when compared to the LWB versions. More>>