Bisio Motors


About 7 years ago I totaled my car. I had the bare minimum of insurance and the car was a write-off. There was no way I could buy a new car, and I needed one for a part-time job I had in the ‘Couv while I was going to school. My buddy Dave saw I was in a bind and sold me his 1977 International Harvester Scout for 300 bucks. It had been in a wreck, so was pretty beat up, but still drove pretty well. The Scout became my wheels for the next 3 years.

I loved that car, it was eccentric and huge and a blast to drive. Scouts are so rare now, that when you see another Scout driver on the street you honk and wave and bask in the shared IH love. On the other hand it was a huge gas hog and I felt bad about driving it around town for errands and the like. I finally sold it when I got a real job and bought a VW with good gas mileage. The VW is great and all, but I sure miss that Scout.

Whenever I had problems with the Scout I took it to Bisio Motors on Sandy Blvd. You’ve probably seen the Bisio lot and marveled at all the old Scouts and Travelalls on display. If you ever get a chance to stop in and chat with Ernie, it’s totally worth it. He is 89 years old and is a great storyteller. There’s a brief article here about the dealership (in “eccentric Portland”, ugh) and another article here that’s more about Ernie and his long and interesting life.

3 Comments so far

  1. Nolando (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    One of the finest vehicles ever produced. Anywhere. Ever. Would love to see this place continue and not get wiped out/replaced by an officespace or such…

  2. chris (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

    Nice, the scout and the bronco are related!

    My autoshop of choice is Hawthorne Auto Clinic ( ) but good to know a alternative.

  3. IH-Dan (unregistered) on December 21st, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

    I hope you don’t mind, but I referenced your blog post (and picture) at our blog.

    Thanks for posting about IH!

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