I’m going to continue with the Spectacular Weekend with this: It is an International Scout II equipped with a Diesel, that was upgraded by the Midas Van Conversion people in Elkhart, Indiana (which was the center of the Universe for similar Van Conversion companies). This is a total blast from the past, and that’s what makes it so Spectacular…
According to the listing:
We are very pleased to offer this 1980 International Scout II Diesel Midas Edition 4×4. This rare precursor to the modern SUV is not found in this condition often.
International for only 4 years contracted with the Midas Van Conversion Company (Elkhart, Indiana) to build special luxury models offered at dealers. The Midas Van Conversion Company makes this off-road beast have a luxury feel to it. The shag carpeting, digital roof mounted clock, deluxe striped paint, spare tire cover, ceiling lights, swivel front bucket seats, & rear reclining bucket seats w/arm rests are all part of the Midas Package upgrade.
International, at the time, didn’t make a Diesel engine small enough to fit in the Scouts so they used Nissan for this. This vehicle is equipped with the SD33T four cycle turbo diesel inline 6-cylinder. It’s a four-speed manual that is very smooth, and delivers much better than expected mileage.
Comes with original line setting ticket, and dealership sale details shipped to Seattle. This Scout is truly a collector’s dream.
With over seven days to go until this auction comes to a close, the bidding so far has topped $12,000, with no reserve. This is a time capsule, with a durable Nissan Diesel, and only 77,000 miles on the odometer. It’s not perfect, but it is damned close. See the listing here: [sc:ebay itemid=”171081773405″ linktext=”1980 International Scout II Diesel Midas Edition” ] And then tell me what you think.