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Many old school truckers are fond of old International trucks. The first big truck I ever drove, was an International.

 In the '60's and '70's, the International brand, captured a large portion of the Class 8 highway truck market. They were known as a good, reliable truck for a reasonable price.

However, International lost more and more popularity over the years to the point that they would offer huge fleet sale deals to the big trucking companies such as J.B. Hunt and Schneider National.

Those fleet sales became the backbone of their market share. When J.B. Hunt decided to  cut back on it's fleet purchases from them, in favour of shipping by rail, then the company was once again in trouble.

International Truck Trivia

  • The Transtar II, was one of the most well-known cabovers on the road, years ago.
  • One of the first to offer a swivel driver's seat, spinning backward to help the driver step into the bunk.
  • Cab fit and finish have always been good... the interiors quite pleasant and functional
  • International having at one time built huge hoods on models like their 4300 model, were one of the first to come out with a drop nose configuration for fuel economy and maneuverability
  • Recent attempts to re-establish a dominance in sales presence have been dismal at best.
  • International may have contributed to their own death  by refusing to recognize the technology needed to meet the latest emissions standards, sticking with SGR technology alone until it was too late, just recently giving up on their own engine technology in favour of going back to Cummins for engines to meet emissions requirements.
  • Their current dealer network is virtually non-existent which further reduces their odds of re-establishing a highway presence.
  • Sadly, bad press and a high rate of mechanical failures may have damaged their reputation beyond repair. 


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Picture Collection Internationals: Old Semi Trucks 

1964 International Emeryville1964 International Emeryville
1959 International Harvester R1901959 International Harvester R190
1974 International Transtar Cabover1974 Transtar Cabover
2003 International 9900I2003 9900I
1981 International Transtar II1981 International Transtar II
Old R Model International TruckOld R Model Mack
1974 International Cabover Truck1974 Cabover
'88 International 9300 Eagle1988 International 9300 Eagle

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