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News 1973 International Pickup Restomod Headed to Auction

1973 International Pickup Restomod Headed to Auction

This fabulous truck has a 392-cubic-inch V8 engine.


  • This restored 1973 International pickup truck will be auctioned in July.
  • Equipped with a 392-cubic-inch V8 engine.
  • The pickup line was produced from 1969 to 1975.

The Japanese automakers are having a tough time competing with the Detroit Three’s full-size pickup trucks, as evidenced by the huge sales gap between the Toyota Tundra and the Nissan Titan compared to the products sold by Ram, General Motors and Ford. However, back in the ‘70s, there was a fourth American-branded truck in the segment: the International pickup, also known as the Light Line pickups.

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One of these trucks is listed on Mecum Auctions’ website, and it will be up for grabs in July. This 1973 International 1210 Crew Cab Travelette is touted as a “mild” restomod, as it was fully restored and upgraded with more modern components. According to the description, this 1210 started life as a rust-free truck from Arizona, and wears a striking new coat of white and yellow paint, along with 1975-specification styling cues extending to the five-bar chrome grille and hood, among other things.

The International pickup was named the 1000D series in 1969 and 1970, and 1010 series from 1971 to 1973, with model numbers ranging from 1010 to 1510 based on weight ratings. The truck’s nomenclature changed to the 100 series, with 100, 150, 200 and 500 badging—hence the “200 eight” emblem we see here on the front fenders.

In addition to the regular cab International pickup, the company produced the Travelall panel version—a Chevrolet Suburban rival—and the Travelette, a crew cab variant available with two wheelbase lengths. This International 1210 Travelette is built on the latter, with an eight-foot-long bed.

Although the pickup was initially offered with four International Harvester V8 engine choices—266, 304, 345 and 392 cubic inches in displacement—and an AMC-sourced 232-cubic-inch inline-six, this 1210 is now powered by the biggest lump available, a 392 V8 with a four-barrel carburetor bolted to a New Venture Gear NV4500 five-speed manual transmission. The vehicle description also mentions a four-wheel drivetrain with a two-speed transfer case, a Dana 44 front locking axle and Dana 60 full floating rear axles, as well as disc brakes with Hydrovac power brake booster, anti-sway bars and extended rear leaf springs.

This International pickup features a tan interior with heated bucket seats, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt steering column and an AM/FM/CD player with concealed speakers. There’s also a custom centre console with integrated speakers as well. Finally, the truck is factory equipped with a Camper package and a Trailer tow package with a hidden gooseneck hitch, so it can still serve as a workhorse.

We’re anxious to see how much this rare rig will sell for when it hits the auction block. Check out the vehicle’s listing on the Mecum Auctions website.

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