Not many of these International Travelettes appear at the Cohort, or elsewhere. So let’s briefly highlight this find by William Oliver; a workhorse in running condition, apparently sitting in some kind of vintage car lot. It has faded paint, a rather straight body, and a few odd mods that are bearable. Just the kind of find we cherish at CC.
As told in a previous CC, the Travelette was the ‘proto double cab pickup,’ way before that was fashionable. Introduced in 1957, the Travelette had a long first run before getting a makeover in 1969 with the rest of International’s Light Duty trucks.
Mechanically, the Travelette shared much company hardware, particularly with the Travelall, International’s proto SUV. Engine-wise, choices were a 238 CID 6-cyl., and an option of a 304 CID, 345 CID, or 392 CID V-8. Power ranged from 136 hp to 178 hp in the V-8s. The model would remain in production with minor updates until 1975.
International’s production had been wavering throughout the ’60s, and the ’70s would be the final decade for its line of light-duty trucks. It’s been almost 50 years since that date, and I still see a few of International’s old products working to this day. A testament to their quality and straightforward nature? Or the work of devoted owners?