Evel Knievel Scramble Van

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2015-06-26 10:56:59

The Evel Knievel Scramble Van is a vintage toy produced by the Ideal Toy Company during the 1970s.

 

Background

Evel Knievel (1938 – 2007) was an American motorcycle daredevil and an iconic cult hero. After establishing his own daredevil show in 1966, he rose to national and international fame after a series of spectacular jumps and serious injuries including those over the Ceasers palace fountain in 1967, the Idaho Snake River Canyon in 1974 and 13 buses at Wembley Stadium in London in 1975.

Knievel’s exploits led to a number of product endorsements, a hugely popular range of toys and two feature films, along with recorded albums and television shows.

The Ideal Evel Knievel Scramble Van

The Evel Knievel Scramble Van was released in 1973, and manufactured up until the late 1970s during the peak of Evel Knievel’s fame.

The van was a large plastic toy designed to hold the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle and action figures, also made by Ideal. It included a fire extinguisher and a captain’s chair, along with a toolbox, tools, cycle jack and a grease gun. It also featured a 3-piece ramp, so that the stunt cycle could be set up to jump the van itself.

The Evel Knievel action figure could sit at the driver’s wheel, or in the interior kitchen which pulled out of the back of the van.

How much is an Evel Knievel Scramble Van worth?

Due to Evel Knievel’s cult hero status, toys and memorabilia relating to him are extremely popular with collectors. However, the value of a Scramble van can vary widely depending on the condition. Boxed examples in mint or near-mint condition with all their accessories have sold on eBay for between $40 - $250, and other online auctions have seen prices of around $100.

These toys are relatively easy to find in online auctions, so the top prices of more than $100 usually apply to only the highest-condition examples. Unboxed examples can usually be found for less than $30.

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