Special-edition vehicles have a place in our heart, which is why we think this International Scout II is so cool. It's an ultra-rare 1979 "Midnitestar" edition with a lots of custom upgrades that make it about 37 times more interesting than your average Scout. It's . You should buy it.
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The Midnitestar was one of several star-themed special-edition Scouts offered by International. Trucks left the factory as standard Scout IIs before being sent to Goodtimes Inc, a conversion company in Arlington, Texas, to get a host of cosmetic upgrades. They include gold decals running along the sides of the car, a gold grille surround, gold wheels, a hood scoop, and Midnitestar badges on the rear quarter panels. Perhaps the coolest add-ons are the color-matched louvers mounded on the rear windows.
This particular truck has been repainted in dark blue, and comes with a few aftermarket upgrades like a winch and a luggage rack. The 345-cubic-inch V-8 and selectable all-wheel drive system reportedly work well, though the factory air-conditioning is non-operational. The odometer reads just 67,709 miles.
It's estimated around 150 examples of the Midnitestar Scout II were built, making this a pretty special find. A brown-painted example in near-perfect condition on Bring a Trailer, which lines up with . Considering how rare these things are, you might want to jump on this quickly—you may not get another chance.