Sure, new SUVs are cool and all, what with their advanced off-roading technology and other high-tech features. But there's just something about the classic cool of a vintage four-wheel-drive rig that no modern truck — no matter how retro-minded its styling or long its legacy may be — can match. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a cooler example of an old-school sport-utility vehicle than the restored (and slightly upgraded) 1973 International Scout currently up to be won in a raffle on Omaze.
The Scout, in case you're unfamiliar, was whipped up by International Harvester (a company mostly known for agricultural machinery) in the early 1960s as a competitor to early Jeeps — part of the same wave of truck/station wagon hybrids as the original Ford Bronco and the first Chevy Blazer that can pretty honestly claim to be the original flurry of sport-utility vehicles. This '73 has been meticulously restored by the crew at Bulletproof Restorations, a California-based restomod shop that specializes in classic off-roaders.
You won't have to worry about dealing with chokes and carburetors, as this Scout has been upgraded to use a modern GM-sourced 6.0-liter V8 that cranks out 380 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, connected (of course) to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic. Inside, it's been gorgeously reupholstered in mocha-colored leather.
And since this is an Omaze situation we're dealing with here, the money raised from the sale is going to a great cause. Specifically, it's going to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, one of the nation's leading medical institutions for taking care of kids. The Scout-generated donations will be going to their Pediatric Cancer Program, in order to support the research needed to help treat, fight and prevent cancer in children.
So, in summation: enter to win this Scout, and you'll be helping to save children's lives — and maybe taking home one of the coolest vintage off-roaders we've ever seen. Talk about a win-win, right?
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