Nobody remembers the one millionth red light they’ve stopped at, but everyone remembers the first time they got stuck in the mud in a 4×4—or how a 4×4 helped them discover new places that would’ve been practically impossible to explore on foot without a weeks-long hike. It’s the 4×4’s ability to traverse seemingly impassible barriers that makes them so memorable. Most of them, anyway.
Leaving aside the popular Jeep Wranglers and Toyota Hiluxes are some forgotten 4x4s of the past, those that sank into obscurity more through the failures of our own memories than any mechanical maladies on their part.
Today we’re digging into the depths of our minds, sifting through the broad spectrum of giant earth-movers and fly-weight hooliganism, and selecting our four favorite forgotten 4x4s.
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Richardson, Texas, 1966. A pimply faced kid (me) pulls up in an International Scout to deliver a bucket of fried chicken. Fortunately for citizens of Richardson the Chicken Delight International Scout delivery vehicle was NOT powered by a Mopar 440.
My mom had a 1982 Eagle woody wagon. My friends all laughed. Until a few "field" trips, then they thought it was the best car ever. Couldn't kill that thing either.
Great article. I was unaware of the Couple-Gear Freight Company. Cool stuff.
The Scout guy in me questioning the cubes in the Safari...correct me if I’m wrong but IH never made a 395...perhaps 345ci?
Plenty to question because plenty was incorrect regarding the IH references for Monteverdi. At 165 HP, the reference was the 2-barrel 345 CID V8 ("Comanche" parlance was for the slant 4 Scout engines, not V8's). IH also built a 392 CID variant. And the most blatant "bang your head on the keyboard" screw-up was that Scout production ended in Oct. 1980. Hagerty, you're contributors should do better research than just Google'ing "IH Scout" on their smartphone.
The large dump trucks used in ore mining today still use the Couple-Gear concept of using an internal combustion engine (from a locomotive) to drive a generator that powers electic motors at each wheel. And the braking is also provided by the regenerative capacity of the motors.
How about the Citroen 2CV Sahara? It has two engines and two gearboxes. They could be operated in tandem or independently. Loose the front or the back and you could still make it back home!