Rare Rides: An International Truck Experience With the 2008 MXT
The Rare Rides series doesn’t often venture into Tough Trucks land, but when it does, it goes all the way. Before you is the International MXT, a practical pickup from the semi truck people.
For a few decades, the International Harvester brand built road-ready trucks and sold them through agricultural equipment dealers rather than a traditional dealership network. The supply of consumer vehicles dried up in the early Eighties, when the company decided to focus its attention solely on heavy duty applications.
By the early Nineties, the International Harvester Company found itself reorganized as the Navistar International Corporation. And Navistar decided in the 2000s that a return to consumer vehicles was in the cards. But the company didn’t approach it in the standard “Let’s build an F-150 competitor!” sort of way. It went bigger.
The company’s Extreme Truck Series, called XT, hit dealer lots starting in 2004. There was a triumvirate of models on offer, rolled out between 2004 and 2007: the CXT, RXT, and MXT. Navistar targeted its Commercial Extreme Truck, Recreational Extreme Truck, and Military/Most eXtreme Truck to different customers along the spectrum of Want Lotsa Truck.
The MXT was last to debut when it arrived in 2007. The Military part of the model’s name was its primary purpose. Known as the MXT-MV, the truck is still produced to this day and is available in standard, extended, and crew cab styles. Models include armored, tactical, and all-terrain varieties.
Today’s Rare Ride is a civilian version for use by those whom enjoyed the Large Truck Lifestyle around town. Joining the MXT and MXT Hauler was an upscale version called the Limited. Military trappings were stripped away, armor and gun mounts were replaced by a monochrome painted exterior, and interior trim landed somewhere between serviceable and conversion van luxurious.
MXTs were powered by a 6.0-liter diesel V8, paired to a five-speed Allison automatic transmission. For comparison on size, the MXT pickup is 68 inches longer and more than a foot taller than a Hummer H1 pickup. It should be noted the MXT was the smallest consumer vehicle offering in International’s XT range. Production of civilian trucks wound down in 2008, which meant the MXT had the shortest time in production of the three models.
This one’s available outside of Miami, which is in the restrained and tasteful state of Florida. Yours for $79,900.
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- Kat Laneaux What's the benefits of this as opposed to the Ford or Nissan. Will the mileage be better than the 19 city, 24 hwy? Will it cost less than the average of $60,000? Will it be a hybrid?
- Johnster Minor quibble. The down-sized full-sized 1980-only Continental (which was available with Town Car and Town Coupe trims) gave up its name in 1981 and became the Town Car. The name "Town Coupe" was never used after the 1980 model year. The 1981 Lincoln Town Car was available with a 2-door body style, but the 2-door Lincoln Town Car was discontinued and not offered for the 1982 model year and never returned to the Lincoln lineup.
- Zipper69 Some discreet dwebadging and this will pass for a $95k Lucid Air...
- Zipper69 Does it REALLY have to be a four door?Surely a truly compact vehicle could stick with the half-door access with jump seats for short term passengers.
- ToolGuy See kids, you can keep your old car in good condition.
Yay! It has the horrible engine that made became so infamous. Just the thing for someone who spends $80k on a used truck, because they probably have the significant amount of money needed to keep repairing the engine.
Yeah there's definitely a market for pickups bigger that 1-tons, duallys, Class III, etc. But these aren't it. It started with commercial F-450 cab-n-chassis' converted with pickup beds, some were home built, and it's an obvious, natural evolution. Then upfitters moved up to "F-550" conversion pickups as soon as they arrived in '99. No way International/Navistar could ignore the "need" for too long, especially since they built the engines in many of these "custom" pickups. Except the "conversion" pickups are not oversize, overweight monstrosities getting no better than 6 MPG, like the International "pickups". Conversions look and fit in like normal dually pickups. At a glance, you'd think you were looking at an ordinary F-350. Perhaps the best of both worlds? Another thing is the medium-duty industrial trucks with adapted pickup beds can't possibly be as well built or reliable as the "super" pickups. The Class 4/5 KodiaK/Top Kicks were a complete disaster, with or without pickup beds. Shoddy builds, electrical gremlins, etc. Then came the Ford "F-450 Pickup" in 2007. Only they didn't require luxury, nor aimed at a handful of attention whores, including celebrities and ballers.