1962 International Travelette Pickup
In 1962, International Harvester had calendar-year production of 147,285 vehicles, and their trucks made up 11.47% of the total truck market. This number was up 9.9% from 1960. To keep up with demand, the company hired 300 additional workers. This pickup has a 140-inch wheelbase with a six-foot bed. The overall weight is approximately 4,175 pounds and the original base price was $2,847.
This Travelette belonged to a gentleman who collected classic trucks. He passed away during the restoration of this vehicle, so his friends quickly finished the job and it was used as a hearse for his funeral. The vehicle was then sold to a resident of Grand Rapids, from whom Hagerty purchased it in 2009, shortly after the vehicle won “Best in Class” at the 40th annual Belle Tire AutoRama in January 2009. Prior to the purchase, this vehicle underwent a cosmetic restoration including custom glass replacement and interior restoration. Under the supervision of fleet specialist Randy Clouse, two Hagerty employees rebuilt the engine, and a new clutch was installed after purchase.
In June of 2012, this pickup was driven in the Great Race—a nine-day, 2,300-mile timed road rally—by Hagerty employees Tabetha Hammer and Kacy Smith. They finished 10th place out of 30 teams in the “Rookie” class.