The raceworn James Hunt Bell helmet, used throughout the 1976 World Championship winning Formula 1 season,
Lot 248
The raceworn James Hunt Bell helmet, used throughout the 1976 World Championship winning Formula 1 season,
Sold for £37,500 (US$ 58,808) inc. premium

Lot Details
The raceworn James Hunt Bell helmet, used throughout the 1976 World Championship winning Formula 1 season, The raceworn James Hunt Bell helmet, used throughout the 1976 World Championship winning Formula 1 season, The raceworn James Hunt Bell helmet, used throughout the 1976 World Championship winning Formula 1 season,
The raceworn James Hunt Bell helmet, used throughout the 1976 World Championship winning Formula 1 season,
1975 Snell number A463638, complete with clear visor fitted with cir-clips, painted by Lance Gibbs in black with three coloured stripes and driver's name in white with Goodyear, Marlboro and Texaco sponsors' logos, the internal padding removed from an earlier helmet for driver's comfort, some foam lining now brittle and loose, Velcro strip to outer base to take flame proof collar. Bell were experimenting with narrow apertures in the mid-1970s and Hunt enjoyed the narrow view, which makes this helmet easily recognisable in period photographs, (see page 170, Young, Hunt & Hodges: 'James Hunt, Against All Odds'). There is a hole drilled to right of chinguard fitted with metal tube for driver's water supply and a microphone mesh is also fitted inside chin guard.

Footnotes

  • See Brooks catalogue 66, Monaco 5 May 1997, lot 576.

    At the time of sale in 1997 it was described as having been consigned to the auction by the then (1976) McLaren Team Manager who had owned the helmet since 1977. It is offered for sale by the winning bidder from that auction.

Saleroom notices

  • Addendum: The metal pipe fitted to this hemet was used to supply 'medical air' in the event of an onboard fire not for water as catalogued.
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