Seller Asking $175,000 For Rare International Scout Prototype
Allegedly Sole Survivor of Three Made
When you typically think of high-priced collector cars, they’re usually European exotics or every now and then, that obscure Hemi-powered Mopar something that fetches a ridiculous amount at auction. But an International Scout? Surprisingly, a cursory scan of listings of Scouts in the Southern California area had a range of between $4,000-$20,000 for running examples in various states of condition. So, the going rate is higher than you’d think but still within the reasonable range for the average collector. However, one particular seller in the San Francisco Bay Area has what he’s claiming is an extremely rare International Scout prototype, offered for the bargain-basement price of $175,000.
The 1980 Hurst Shawnee Scout is allegedly one of three prototypes built in collaboration with Hurst Performance to study the feasibility of a Scout with a hard rear tonneau and soft doors. Price aside, the specimen is undeniably cool and unique, but even if it is the only surviving example, that seems like a stiff pricetag for an ‘80s sport-utility with a 345ci carbureted V-8. Adjusted for today’s net standards, the engine made a rousing 168 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque. Nonetheless, classic and collectible don’t always necessarily mean powerful and fast. Do you think this rare example of a now-defunct model is worth the asking price?