CC Outtake: Scout II Rallye – The Anti-Prius

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The essence of Eugene is that both of these cars are cool. But then what do you expect from a town that “embraces diversity”. Well, actually, that saying clearly has its limits too. If that was a new Suburban, it wouldn’t be nearly as cool as this old Scout. And the green Forester in the background perfectly bridges these two cars, in more ways than one. 

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I don’t have time this morning to decipher this Scout II’s grille to pin down its year, but I’m guessing mid-late 70s. Well, that’s not much of a guess, since the Scout II was only built from 1971 through 1980. I can also only guess at what’s under its hood, but I’m pretty sure it’s not a hybrid. The choices on these were IH’s 196 four (only on the first few years), the AMC 232 and 258 six, and IH’s 304 and 345 V8. And the Nissan SD-33 six cylinder diesel also was available after 1976.

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A seasoned Prius drive might be a bit confused by the two levers sticking out of the floor, but actually this one does have an automatic, so that wouldn’t present any serious obstacles. And if there are serious obstacles, the transfer case lever can be dropped into 4WD Lo. All obstacles then are reduced in size.

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I doubt this jacked-up Scout sees double-digit fuel consumption very often, if ever. But then it’s just something to be seen in while riding around in town, given how pristine and clean it always is when I see it. What other purpose would it serve in this day and age?