The International Scout was a small, usable off-road SUV with engines ranging from the 2.5-liter straight four to the 4.4-liter V8. Also, it came with a removable hardtop, which meant that every Scout was also a convertible. And better yet, it had a fold-down windshield. The first models were quite basic, so only nature lovers, hunters and forest patrols used them.
But the second generation introduced a more luxurious Scout with more options, better engines, and exterior trim. The Scout was one of the first SUVs to gain a significant increase in value since it was relatively rare compared to the Bronco or Blazer. Also, many Scouts were affected with rust issues, so examples in good condition are hard to find and expensive. However, if you are lucky, you could find a decent Scout for an affordable price.