By on September 11, 2018

Image: FCA

Which is to say, not close at all. The automotive brand born of the farm equipment giant produced its last passenger vehicle — the long-in-the-tooth Scout SUV — for the 1980 model year, five years after its pickup line bit the fertile Midwestern dust. Not long after, International Harvester ceased to exist as an independent brand, shacking up with Tenneco subsidiary I.J. Case after the company hit the skids and sold off its agricultural division. Navistar International Corp. rose from the remaining IH ashes.

The truck you see above is most certainly a Ram HD, but the paint is all International Harvester. You guessed it — the bright minds at FCA have come up with another special edition. By our count, it’s the 987th of the past decade.

Available on 2019 Ram 3500 (and up) Chassis Cabs, the Harvest Edition treatment has nothing to do with Neil Young’s 1972 album and everything to do with mechanized farming heritage. Of the four colors offered, two come directly from the flanks of combines, tractors, or threshers.

Image: FCA

Those colors, IH Case Red and New Holland Blue (joined by black and white), are the product of a “direct request” from farmers in the American heartland, FCA claims. With these editions, buyers can let their agricultural allegiances fly, says Ram head Jim Morrison.

It isn’t the first time Ram’s offered a Harvest Edition, though the prior version, available on 2018 models, didn’t expand into the Chassis Cab range and called it quits at the 3500 pickup model.

FCA is quick to point out that both agricultural brands see their equipment manufactured by a subsidiary of CNH Industrial, which shares a “common ancestry” with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Sadly, there’s no green-and-yellow John Deere treatment on offer.

Debuting Tuesday at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Nebraska — site of a bizarre 1980 tornado swarm — the Harvest Edition trucks span the Chassis Cab lineup, available in every wheelbase and cab configuration. They’re well fleshed out with a standard chrome package, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, among other features. Front tow hooks and a transfer case skid plate handle the rough-and-tumble side of its persona.

Pricing starts at $43,990 (plus $1,695 destination charge) for a 3500 model, topping out at just under $51k for the 5500 truck after factoring in the charge.

We’re placing bets on the next special edition.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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21 Comments on “This Is the Closest You’ll Get to a New International Harvester Truck...”


  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    The Scout II (not the Scout) had been in production since 1971, so not that long in the tooth.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    And it’s J.I. Case, not I.J. Case.

  • avatar
    WalterRohrl

    You can (and have been able to get) those colors along with about a dozen “special” colors on any Ram Tradesman line pickup and now even on the new (but old style) Big Horn now, nothing new to see here. It’s a $400 option, just look at the online configurator. They even have Omaha Orange which I believe was the IH orange back in the day.

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      I noticed that when I was playing around with their configurator awhile back.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      IH did offer Omaha Orange back in the day, in fact that is the color of my SII Cab Top. However Omaha Orange was offered by every mfg at one point in the 60’s-70’s as it was the color Omaha came up with for their city owned vehicles and it caught on with other jurisdictions so it came off the custom color chart and on to the special order or standard order chart.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Make John Deere green available too and watch the orders roll in from agricultural equipment dealers ordering new trucks for the sales and service staff.

    • 0 avatar
      EquipmentJunkie

      Don’t hold your breath. Deere all but forbade their dealers to run Ford or International trucks through the ’50s through ’80s when both of those competitive companies were in the ag industry.

      Deere is extremely possessive with its trademarks and heritage. Deere is beginning to keep the rest of the ag industry from calling an optional paint color on a item, “John Deere green”.

    • 0 avatar
      bullnuke

      Nope, no John Deere Green. Anything painted John Deere Green is automatically 20% higher in cost to buy and will break in a way that only the tender mercies of the local John Deere dealer can repair for a similar markup.

      • 0 avatar
        indi500fan

        You speak the total truth.
        I bought a JD garden tractor (coming from a Wheel Horse) not realizing the reliability is lousy and the parts prices are outrageous. The only reliable part is the Kawasaki V-twin engine.

  • avatar
    EquipmentJunkie

    “Sadly, there’s no green-and-yellow John Deere treatment on offer.”

    Deere green & yellow has never been done well on a truck. Trucks look horrible in Deere green & yellow. I’ve seen it attempted many times, but the combo always looks terrible. That’s why you never see a Deere dealer truck painted this way…it’s always a white truck with either green & yellow decals or contruction yellow & black. Deere would do it if they could pull it off.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      My Dear Ol’ Dad has been selling John Deere tractors since roughly 1976 and roughly the time that the 4th gen C/K Chevy trucks were released (probably about 1990) his boss factory ordered from GM about 5-7 standard cab, long bed, 2wd 1500 trucks with V6 and automatic. He had them custom painted (at the factory) in John Deere Green.

      Decals and lettering were yellow (and done at the John Deere dealer after delivery.) Not bad looking overall. He ordered the tan vinyl interiors and rubber flooring.

      Certainly more attractive than the box B-body wagon that one of the guys with some body work skills tried to paint like John Deere’s NASCAR efforts.

      • 0 avatar
        EquipmentJunkie

        Interesting. I knew of only one ag dealer that did it in the Northeast. This particular C60 or C70 was not true Deere green and the wheels were silver or something like that. It looked half decent due to the very scarce use of yellow.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      Yeah there are a few JD Green and Yellow trucks around and they don’t look good. There is even a local guy with a classic VW dune buggy with the body JD green and the roll bar, wheels and other accents in JD yellow and in fact I saw it out and about within the last week.

  • avatar
    JimC31

    Oh that’s Case IH red, not International Harvester red(also known as “American Beauty Rose,”) not at all the same thing.

    During the time that Fiat owned Case and New Holland they did a cross promotion at the Canadian Grand Prix where the Ferraris were in Case IH red.

  • avatar
    Sigivald

    What, no mention of the RXT/MXT from the mid-2000s?

    (States vary, but here in Oregon you don’t need a CDL for the RXT or MXT, but the CXT’s GVWR is high enough you would.)

  • avatar
    Dilrod

    New Holland bought the Ford tractor line, hence their blue color. Some of you may remember that New Holland’s original colors were red & yellow. They only built machinery, not tractors. Ford spun off the tractor division years ago.

    Ford could snub FCA by offering that blue color on an F150. That would teach ’em!

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