International Harvester Travelall

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International Harvester Travelall
1975 International Travelall Custom 150 (28038304086).jpg
1975 International Harvester Travelall Custom 150
ManufacturerInternational Harvester
Also calledTravelall
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size SUV
Body style(s)3/4/5-door wagon/SUV
PredecessorInternational L series

The International Harvester Travelall is a model line of vehicles that were manufactured by International Harvester; four generations were produced from 1953 to 1975. Derived from the International light truck line, the Travelall was a truck-based station wagon. One of the first competitors to the Chevrolet Suburban, the Travelall was a forerunner of modern people carriers and full-size sport utility vehicles.[1]

As International withdrew from light-truck sales, the Travelall and pickup truck lines were discontinued after the 1975 model year, followed by the Scout in 1980.


Prior to 1953, International Harvester did not produce a station wagon as part of its model range. Though traditionally derived from passenger cars, wood-bodied station wagons using International truck chassis were constructed on a third-party basis (called station wagons).[1] Moving away from woodies, following World War II, K-series panel vans served as the basis for airport people movers, adding windows and rear seats.[citation needed]

Following its introduction for the R/S light trucks, the Travelall would follow the development of the International pickup truck model line. In 1958, a third door was added, nine years before the Suburban; the fourth door came in 1961 (12 years before GM). The Travelette was a four-door crew-cab pickup, sharing its bodywork with the Travelall wagon.

First generation (1953-1957)[edit]

First generation (R/S Series)
International R-110 (1954) extensively restored.JPG
1954 R-110 Travelall
ManufacturerInternational Harvester
Model years1953-1957
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size SUV
Body style3-door wagon
RelatedIHC R/S Series
Engine220 cu in (3.6 L) Silver Diamond I6
Wheelbase115.0 in (2,921.0 mm)

International introduced the R-Series truck range in 1953, replacing the L-Series. Ranging from 12-ton trucks to heavy commercial trucks, the R-Series introduced the Travelall as a metal-bodied station wagon. Replacing the previous wood-bodied wagons, the Travelall was a windowed panel van with rear seats. In line with sedan-based wagons of the time, access to the rear seats of the R-Series Travelalls was gained by flipping up the passenger-side front seat. Two or three rear seats were offered; panel-truck "barn doors" were standard, with a wagon-style tailgate as an option.

In addition to the International name badge, a Travelall name badge was mounted on the front cowl. A few L-Series trucks were also produced with windows and seats in 1952, but whether the Travelall name was used that year is unknown.

The first-generation Travelall was offered in the R-110 series on the 115 in (2,921 mm) wheelbase. A 220 cubic-inch "Silver Diamond" I6 was rated at 100 hp.

In 1955, the R-Series was replaced by the S-Series, with the Travelall offered as the S-110 or heavier duty S-120. A BD 220 engine was similar to the R-Series. Four-wheel drive became a factory option for 1956.[1]

Second generation (1958-1960)[edit]

Second generation (A/B Series)
International B120 Travelall Geraldine.jpg
1959-1960 B120 Travelall
ManufacturerInternational Harvester
Model years1958-1960
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size SUV
Body style4-door wagon
RelatedIHC A/B Series
  • 220 cu in (3.6 L) Silver Diamond I6
  • 240 cu in (3.9 L) Silver Diamond I6
Wheelbase115.0 in (2,921.0 mm)
Length202.4 in (5,140 mm) (A-series)[2]

Introduced in 1957 for the 1958 model year, the A-series (for "Anniversary", marking fifty years of International Harvester truck production) offered a 2nd passenger side door for improved access to the rear seats. Models A-100, A-110, and A-120 all came with 113 to 154 hp (84 to 115 kW) six-cylinder engines, with four-wheel drive optional on the A-120.[2] The design changes paralleled those of the A-series pickups.

Although only lightly modified, the B-Line trucks that appeared in 1959 offered upgraded options for the Travelall. Power steering, power brakes, V-8 engines, and other comfort, convenience, and visual appeal features were introduced to make the Travelall more mainstream and less commercial.[1] The Travelall was offered in the B-100/B-110/B-112 ½-ton range only in 4x2 form. The B-120 was a ¾-ton rated model and that was the only Travelall to come in four-wheel drive in this era. A B-122 model featured uprated springs for a higher GVW. The B-Line trucks carried on into the 1961 model year, when another mild facelift transformed them again into the C-Line.[1]

Third generation (1961-1968)[edit]

Third generation (C/D Series)
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1968 1100C Travelall
ManufacturerInternational Harvester
Model years1961-1968
DesignerTed Ornas
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size SUV
Body style5-door wagon
RelatedIHC C/D Series
  • 240 cu in (3.9 L) BD 240 I6
  • 241 cu in (3.9 L) BG 241 I6
  • 264 cu in (4.3 L) BD 264 I6
  • 266 cu in (4.4 L) V8
  • 304 cu in (5.0 L) V8
  • 345 cu in (5.7 L) V8
TransmissionBorg-Warner T19 4 Speed (2 wheel drive)
Wheelbase119.0 in (3,022.6 mm)
PredecessorB series Travelall 1959-1960
SuccessorD Series Travelall 1969-1975
The initial 1961 C-series Travelall had a front and side-by-side twin headlights like this C-120 Travelette

In April 1961 the Travelall underwent the same changes as the pickup range upon which it was based. The new C-series Travelall benefitted from a whole new chassis with all new independent front torsion bar suspension.[3] Aside from the lower body, the most obvious visual difference were that the twin headlights were now mounted side-by-side, and a new grille of a concave egg-crate design. The wheelbase for the C-100/C-110 Travelall went up to 119 inches,[4] as the front wheels were mounted further forward. This adjustment increased the front clearance angle in spite of the lower body.[5]

1965 D1100 Travelall, from rear

This series was available either with a flip-down tailgate or two doors. The fold down gate had a window which wound down electrically. Development continued in a gradual fashion, becoming the D-series in 1965. A steady stream of new grilles and headlight treatments set the model years apart until a more thorough makeover took place in 1969. Until this model change, the Travelall had been considered merely a version of the related pickup truck; after the facelift the Travelall became a separate series.

Fourth generation (1969-1975)[edit]

Fourth generation
1971 International Harvester Travelall 1010.jpg
1971 Travelall 1010
ManufacturerInternational Harvester
Model years1969–1975
1973–1974 (Wagonmaster)
AssemblyUnited States: Springfield, Ohio
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size SUV
Body style5-door wagon
4-door crew-cab pickup (Wagonmaster)
RelatedInternational Travelette
  • 232 cu in (3.8 L) AMC 232 I6[6]
  • 304 cu in (5.0 L) IH V8
  • 345 cu in (5.7 L) IH V8
  • 392 cu in (6.4 L) IH V8
  • 401 cu in (6.6 L) AMC V-400 V8
  • 3-speed manual
  • 4-speed manual
  • 5-speed manual
  • 5-speed overdrive manual
  • 3-speed automatic
Wheelbase119 in (3,023 mm)
Length203.9 in (5,179 mm)
Width77.6 in (1,971 mm)
  • 1010: 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
  • 1110: 68.9 in (1,750 mm)
Curb weight
  • 1010: 4,251 lb (1,928 kg)
  • 1110: 4,231 lb (1,919 kg)
1973 International Travelall

For 1969 production, International released the fourth-generation Travelall alongside the redesigned D-series pickups. Sized roughly between the Jeep Wagoneer and the Chevrolet/GMC Suburban, the Travelall was marketed as a truck-based station wagon.[7] While still maintaining mechanical commonality with the Light Line pickup trucks, International had largely split the Travelall into a distinct model line, slotting it above the Scout.

At its 1969 introduction, the fourth-generation Travelall was offered in 1000, 1100, and 1200 payload series. As with the third generation, the 1969 Travelall was offered in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations (optional on 1100 and 1200 series).[6] In line with the Suburban, the Travelall was also offered with up to three rows of passenger seating.[8] While offered in a single trim level, the Travelall was offered in multiple interior configurations, ranging from relatively spartan to well-equipped versions sharing features in line with full-size station wagons (including exterior woodgrain trim).[9]

For 1971, the Travelall received an update of the front fascia, shared with the Light Line pickups; the model series nomenclature was changed to 1010, 1110, and 1210; for 1972, the grille was revised again. For 1974, the Travelall underwent a second nomenclature change, offering 150 and 200 series.[8] The model line adopted the chassis revisions of the pickup trucks, adopting a coil-sprung independent front suspension (replacing torsion bars).[10]

Mechanical details[edit]

Through its production, the fourth-generation Travelall was equipped with four different engines (shared between the Scout and the Light Line trucks). An AMC-supplied 232 cubic-inch inline-6 as a standard engine for the 1000 from 1969 to 1971; as an option, International offered 304, 345, and 392 cubic-inch V8s.[6] For 1973 and 1974, in response to a short supply of IHC V8 engines, the Travelall was offered with an optional AMC 401 cubic-inch V8 (named the V-400 by IHC). By 1975, following the adoption of net horsepower ratings, outputs were lowered to 141-172 hp.[10] Engines were paired with either a manual or an automatic transmission.[11]

In late 1971, International introduced a Bendix-developed anti-lock brake system, named Adaptive Braking System.[12] One of the first vehicles offered with any form of anti-lock brakes, the expensive option was rarely selected by owners.


For 1973 and 1974, International marketed a pickup truck version of the Travelall, named the Wagonmaster.[13][14] In contrast to the Travelette crew-cab pickup, the Wagonmaster shared its body with the Travelall wagon, removing the roof and windows of the cargo section.[13][14] The pickup truck bed (integrated into the body) was 5 feet in length (reduced from the 612 feet and 8 feet offered with the Travelette).[13]

In contrast to the Light Line pickups, the intended primary market for the Wagonmaster was owners of fifth-wheel RV trailers.[13][14] In a critical design flaw, the shared wheelbase placed the fifth-wheel bed hitch behind the rear axle, providing unfavorable handling characteristics.[13][14] Alongside decreasing demand for the Travelall, the Wagonmaster was discontinued after 1974 production; it is unknown how many were produced (ranging from 500 to under 2000).[14]

Following the discontinuation of the Wagonmaster, a half-cab version of the Scout II (the Terra) was produced from 1976 to 1980, serving as one of the first mid-size pickup trucks. The concept of the Wagonmaster was revisited in the 2000s by the Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck, deriving its body from the Suburban; the Avalanche was not marketed as a 5th-wheel tow vehicle.


Despite very high owner loyalty and satisfaction,[15] International discontinued the Travelall in May 1975 (alongside the Light Line pickup).[16] In 1974, sales of the model line collapsed in response to the 1973 oil crisis (with owners averaging 10-12 mpg[15]); the model line faced also increased competition from the Chevrolet/GMC Suburban, which added a fourth passenger door in 1973 (introduced by the Travelall 12 years previously).

After 1975, International Harvester pared down its passenger model line exclusively to the Scout II;[16] after 1980, the company exited the segment entirely.


Travelalls were also produced with raised roofs and extended wheelbases for applications such as school buses, ambulances and airport limos. Many of these modifications were performed by the Springfield Equipment Company and were marketed by International.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

In the films Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men Max Goldman drives a 1974 Travelall.[17]

In the apocalyptic novel Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Harvey Randall uses a Travelall extensively.[18]

Folk musician Greg Brown sings about a Travelall in his song Laughing River.[19]

The cinematic musical group Calexico titled an instrumental, largely improvisational 2000 album Travelall.[20]


  1. ^ a b c d e Allen, Jim (1 November 2012). "1959 International Harvester B-120 Travelall – Four Wheeler Magazine". Four Wheeler Network. Archived from the original on 2018-01-07. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  2. ^ a b "The 1958 Station Wagons". Changing Times: The Kiplinger Magazine. Washington, DC. 12 (2): 22. February 1958.
  3. ^ Sales Engineering Bulletin: C-line Travelall (PDF), International Harvester Company, April 1961, p. 10, CT-477[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Sales Engineering Bulletin: C-line Travelall[permanent dead link], p. 3
  5. ^ Sales Engineering Bulletin: C-line Travelall[permanent dead link], p. 8
  6. ^ a b c Lamm, Michael (May 1971). "She's no beauty, but owners say, "Look beneath the skin!"". Popular Mechanics. NY, NY: The Hearst Corporation. 135 (5): 135.
  7. ^ "Directory Index: IHC/1975_IHC/1975 International Recreational Vehicles". Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  8. ^ a b "Directory Index: IHC/1975_IHC/1975 International Recreational Vehicles". Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  9. ^ "Directory Index: IHC/1975_IHC/1975 International Recreational Vehicles". Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  10. ^ a b '75 International Recreational Vehicles, International Harvester, 1974, p. 12, AD-40333-C1
  11. ^ "Directory Index: IHC/1975_IHC/1975 International Recreational Vehicles". Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  12. ^ Lund, Robert (February 1971). "Detroit Listening Post". Popular Mechanics. NY, NY: The Hearst Corporation. 135 (2): 46H, 48.
  13. ^ a b c d e "International Wagonmaster - big promises, little delivery". Curbside Car Show Calendar. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  14. ^ a b c d e "This International Wagonmaster is a rare truck fallen on hard times". Hagerty Media. 2020-04-16. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  15. ^ a b Lamm (May 1971), p. 132. 92.4% of owners questioned said that they would buy another Travelall.
  16. ^ a b Marsh, Barbara (1985). A corporate tragedy : the agony of International Harvester Company. Internet Archive. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-19209-5.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2016-03-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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Further reading[edit]

  • Crismon, Fred W. (2001). International Trucks: 100 Years 1907-2007. Crestline. ISBN 978-0970056726.
  • Foster, Patrick (2015). International Harvester Trucks, The Complete History. Motorbooks. ISBN 978-0-7603-4860-4.

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