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International Harvester Travelette

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International Harvester Travelette
1965 D-1000 Travelette
ManufacturerInternational Harvester
Also calledTravelette
Body and chassis
Body style3-door crew cab pickup truck (1957–1960)
4-door crew cab pickup truck (1961–1975)
RelatedInternational Travelall
International Light Line
International A/B series
International C/D series
Length237.2 inches (6.02 m)[1]
Width78.8 inches (2.00 m)
Height72.8 inches (1.85 m)

The Travelette is a sub-model of the International Harvester series of light-duty pickup trucks that was produced from 1957 to 1975.[2] The Travelette was the first factory-production, 6 passenger, crew-cab pickup truck,[3] made by any United States manufacturer.

The Travelette was available in 2 or 4 wheel drive. A 3-door version was available starting in 1957. A 4-door version was available starting in 1961.

Following the 1975 model year, International withdrew its Light Line pickup trucks, ending production of the Travelette.[1] From 1976 to 1980, it produced the Scout II Terra pickup truck, offered only as a two-door vehicle.


3-door cab (A/B series)

1958 A-120 Travelette 4x4 (showing three-door cab)
1958 A-120 Travelette 4x4 (showing three-door cab)

International introduced the Travelette for 1957 production. Based on the newly introduced A-Series pickup truck,[4] the Travelette added a rear seat to the cab by using the body structure of the Travelall wagon (analogous to the full-size SUVs of today), including its second passenger-side door.[5] To allow for a full-size pickup truck bed, the wheelbase of the Travelette was extended to 126 inches (3.2 m).[6] As with the standard International pickup truck and the Travelall wagon, the Travelette was offered with both rear-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive.[7] Alongside the Travelall wagon, the Travelette crew cab followed the development of International light-duty pickup trucks, with International introducing the lightly updated B-Series pickups for 1959.

4-door cab (C/D series, Light Line)

C-120 Travelette
C-120 Travelette
1966 Travelette in its original design
1966 Travelette in its original design

For 1961, International introduced the redesigned C-series pickups. While the cab shared its structure with the A/B series, in a major design change, a driver-side rear door was added, giving the Travelette four sedan-style doors.[8][9] While marketed under the Travelette name, the official model designation would change multiple times through the mid-1960s.

For 1969, the Travelette underwent a redesign, as International introduced its Light Line pickups. Offered in 149-inch (3.8 m) and 164-inch (4.2 m) wheelbases (dependent on pickup bed length),[10] the Light Line Travelette received an all-new cab design (the first complete redesign of the cab since 1957). For 1974, the four-wheel drive configuration was discontinued and the front suspension was redesigned.[1]


Marketed primarily as a work vehicle, the model line struggled to compete against the more widely available pickup trucks from Dodge, Ford, and General Motors. Following the 1973 fuel crisis, sales of International light-duty vehicles collapsed, as the Light Line (pickup, Travelall, Travelette) trucks were far heavier and less fuel-efficient than its "Big Three" counterparts. Shifting its light-duty resources entirely towards the more competitive International Scout off-road vehicle, International ended sales of all three Light Line vehicles after the 1975 model year, ending sales of non-commercial automobiles entirely after the 1980 model year.

After the 1980 discontinuation of the Scout II Terra, International exited light-duty pickup production entirely to focus on medium and heavy-duty trucks. From 2004 to 2008, International Harvester's successor company Navistar produced the XT series pickup trucks. (By far) the largest pickup truck ever sold for retail sale in the United States, the CXT and RXT was derived from the medium-duty 7000 and 4000 series (today the HV and MV) and were sold nearly exclusively in a crew-cab configuration.

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International C series

International C series

The International C series and its succeeding models is a series of pickup trucks that were built by International Harvester from 1961 to 1968. They succeeded the earlier B-series range.

International Light Line pickup

International Light Line pickup

The International Light Line pickups replaced the C-Series as International's Light Line range of pickup trucks in early 1969, for a shortened model year. The name started out as a simple continuation of the previous A-, B-, and C-series trucks. It was largely a rebodied version of its predecessors, with a square-rigged look very similar to the period Scout utility vehicle. The Travelall underwent parallel changes to the Light Line trucks. The light line of trucks was marked by a larger range of transmission and wheelbase options than any of its competitors, and in general the lineup aimed to maximize adaptability. The Light Line was also available as a bare chassis, for special purpose applications. Production ended in late April 1975, as a hard-pressed International chose to focus on the Scout and on heavier machinery.

1973 oil crisis

1973 oil crisis

The 1973 oil crisis or first oil crisis began in October 1973 when the members of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), led by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, proclaimed an oil embargo. The embargo was targeted at nations that had supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War. The initial nations targeted were Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States, though the embargo also later extended to Portugal, Rhodesia and South Africa. By the end of the embargo in March 1974, the price of oil had risen nearly 300%, from US$3 per barrel ($19/m3) to nearly $12 per barrel ($75/m3) globally; US prices were significantly higher. The embargo caused an oil crisis, or "shock", with many short- and long-term effects on global politics and the global economy. It was later called the "first oil shock", followed by the 1979 oil crisis, termed the "second oil shock".

International Harvester Scout

International Harvester Scout

The International Harvester Scout is an off-road vehicle produced by International Harvester from 1961 to 1980. A precursor of more sophisticated SUVs to come, it was created as a competitor to the Jeep, and it initially featured a fold-down windshield. The Scout and second-generation Scout II were produced in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as two-door trucks with a removable hard top with options of a full-length roof, half-cab pickup, and/or soft top.

International XT

International XT

The International Extreme Truck Series is a range of pickup trucks produced by Navistar International from 2004 to 2008. The first vehicle marketed by International to consumers since the discontinuation of the Scout in 1980, the XT trucks marked the return of International to pickup truck production since the discontinuation of the 100-series pickups in 1975. Two vehicles were based on the International medium-duty truck range, while another was derived from a military tactical vehicle produced by Navistar.


1967 Travelette 1200B 4x4
1967 Travelette 1200B 4x4

Designed effectively as a hybrid of the International light-duty pickup truck and its Travelall wagon (SUV), the Travelette was the first factory-produced pickup truck with two rows of seating, later becoming the first pickup truck with four sedan-style doors.[9] The design was adopted by competitive manufacturers, as Dodge and Ford introduced their own crew-cab pickups in 1963 and 1965, respectively.[11] General Motors followed suit in 1973; in a fashion similar to International, their crew-cab pickup design was derived from a truck-based wagon (today, SUV). During the late 1970s, Japanese manufacturers would introduce crew-cab pickup trucks of their own (trading shortened bed length for a four-door cab); while popular in markets around the world, four-door compact pickup trucks would not be introduced in North America until the late 1990s.

The original 1957-1960 three-door Travelette became a precursor of an additional type of pickup truck design feature. During the 1970s, American manufacturers introduced two-door extended-cab pickup trucks, sized between two-door standard-cab and four-door crew cab pickup trucks. In contrast to work-oriented crew cab trucks, extended cab trucks were marketed for both work and personal use; a rear folding seat was available for extra seating or for storage, accessed by folding the front seats forward. The Light Line was never developed as an extended cab, but Dodge and Ford would introduce the Club Cab and Super Cab in 1973 and 1974, respectively (GM would do so in 1988). In the late 1990s, rear passenger doors made their returns on extended-cab pickups; initially introduced as rear-hinged doors, front-hinged doors were introduced during the 2010s (effectively creating a shorter-length crew cab).

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