Driving The 1968 International Scout From Fast Five

by Wes Kibble on April 29, 2011

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I just don’t understand it. Originally, there was to be 12 International Scout 800’s in the Fast Five movie. The original intent was to have them driven by the Brazilian military. However, that idea was kiboshed by the production designer and instead the military guys were forced to drive VW Touaregs. WTF? Do they stop by Starbucks before they head out to battle? I thought the military drove real trucks! Vehciles that could take a beating and keep on going?

“The idea was that the Brazilian military should be driving in something that looks tough,” explains Fast Five’s Picture Car Coordinator Dennis McCarthy, “but not necessarily something you’d see every day in the U.S. So I came up with the idea of building some first-generation Scouts. When was the last time anyone had even seen one? However, the production designer absolutely hated the Scouts,” reports McCarthy. “We had already built five and were getting ready to build seven more, but he didn’t want them anywhere near the film. So they were relegated to background duty. Blink and you’ll miss them.”

The 1968 International Scout 800 in the video below was heavily modified. A 300hp 5.7 litre Chevrolet small block was coupled to a Turbo 400 transmission. A custom front bumper and grille guard make chasing the bad guys through the jungle a little easier. The custom roll cage is there just in case, as is the machine gun mount.

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err32 April 30, 2011 at 1:12 am

Man, I work in movies, and this is just a prime example of a production designer screwing up the look of a film. Not that Fast Five was ever destined to be an authentic film in any way, but I’d have rather seen some effort go in to it than a bunch of rental Touaregs with camo stickers on them…

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Lee Duplanti May 3, 2011 at 11:17 am

As a former Scout owner i can testify to the toughness of the vehicle. Reading that story changed my mind about the movie. I’ll boycott it!!

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Tom Williams June 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm

He needs to drive my race prepped scout.

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Henry August 16, 2016 at 8:59 pm

I’d really like to know the size of tire and rims used on this Scout.

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