November 30, 1960 – The first International Scout is completed

International Harvester Company was founded during the merger of McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, Deering Harvester Company, Milwaukee Harvesting Machine Co.,  Plano Manufacturing Co. and Warder, Bushnell, and Glessner in 1902. While the company initially focused on agricultural machinery such as large tractors, the business began truck production in 1907 at the company’s McCormick Works factory in Chicago. The business remained competitive into the second half of the 20th century, in part by offering a Jeep competitor, the International Scout. The first production model was completed on this day in 1960 for the 1961 model year. The Scout was manufactured in Fort Wayne, Indiana and featured a variety of two door body styles, including a full length roof, half cab pickup or a soft top and was available with a 4×4 drivetrain. The first Scout, the Scout 80, was replaced by the 800 in 1966, followed by the 810 in 1971. The Scout II was also introduced in 1971 and would remain in production through 1980. Pics:A 1907 International Harvester light truck, the first year International produced trucks. By Brian Corey2. An early 4×4 Scout 80 featuring a removable hardtop that has seen better days. – By Ericthered43 at en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19422451

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