1973 SCRAMBLE VAN
The Scramble Van was release in 1973. The main structure, rear doors and wheels were made of plastic. The sides and cab were made of vinyl covered cardboard. It came with an array accessories. The smaller accessories were red and the larger accessories were brown. One way to note you have an early production Scramble Van is if the red color on the vinyl appears to be more of a pink color. Soon after the initial release Ideal did a slight update of the set. The original structure of the van was made up of two plastic pieces glued together. The roof mold now had shorter stems and the two pieces were joined with a red coupler in the middle. The color of the larger accessories were changed to blue and the red color was improved on the vinyl sides.
1974 SCRAMBLE VAN
There were two updates to the Scramble Van set in 1974. The horns on the cab roof were now gone! Most likely due to production issues, or the easily broken off horns posing a choking risk in smaller children. The red couplers were also changed to black.
1975-77 SCRAMBLE VAN
There were only two updates to the Scramble Van for 1975-77. The missing horns on the cab roof were back! But now they were molded in to the roof. The red steering wheel was updated and now black. There have been rumors that the CB Van was going to replace the Scramble Van in 1977. Wether or not this is true, I'm sure there would have been plenty of left over Scramble Vans to fill store shelves in 1977.
There were foreign versions of the Scramble Van with the most popular one being made by Axron. The only real difference was the language print on the box and instruction sheet. I have noticed some Axron Scramble Vans with gray couplers as well.
Jump Ramp(3 pieces)
Work Bench(2 pieces)
Tool Box(2 pieces)
First Aid Kit
Gasoline Can(2 pieces)
For packaging details checkout the "Scramble Van" section of the "Breaking the Seal" exhibit.