Curbside Classic Capsule: 1971 International Travellall – Time Traveller

I was making a quick run to Lowes on Wednesday, and what greeted my in the parking lot? A pristine International Travelall. Wow; it looks like new! Are folks restoring these nowadays?

Probably, but this one is mostly original, thanks to only 38,000 miles on it, and having been very well looked after. The owner came along, and told me he just bought it, hence the information on it. And what does one pay for something like this? Nothing, in this case.

Well, it came “free” along with a ’49 Studebaker truck the new owner was really after. Must have been a mighty nice truck to warrant a “free” Travelall as a spiff. I didn’t pry any further, but just took in this boxy baby.

I think he said it was a ’71, but he might have said “73”. Is there a difference? These were made from 1969 through 1975, and the changes were very minimal.

This is a 1210, which denotes the HD version (3/4 ton), which the full-floating rear axle confirms as well as the big wheels and tires. And it’s got an “Eight”. Most likely the big 392, although if it is a ’73, it could be the AMC 401, which IH bought in ’72 and ’73 as they couldn’t make their own 392 in enough quantities for those two years.

So is this a filler cap for an auxiliary fuel tank on the front fender? Hmm.

This is one clean truck inside; it’s a time warp to another era, when SUVs were anything bu luxurious and plush inside. This truck has the world’s biggest folding front arm rest, as in one third of the seat back. And it’s got an automatic; a Borg-Warner  3 speed. And an under-dash tach. It appears that this Travelall was bought to be a trailer-hauler, as so many were back in the day. But it looks like that must have ended or petered out a bit early, although 38k miles are not bad,, if it was all or mostly recreational.

I’d venture to guess it was an elderly couple, and no one hardly ever rode in the back seat. Looks showroom fresh.

The cargo area shows a wee bit of wear and tear, but it’s still mighty pristine.

I covered the previous generation of Travelall and a history of the genre here. And one of our earliest COALs involves a 4×4 version of one of these. I’m out of time on this one, although it deserves better.

I’ll leave it to our CC International experts to fill us in on whatever I left out.