Evel Knievel's Jumpsuit

More than a daredevil, Evel Knievel combined athletic ability and showmanship to reach worldwide fame and popularity. Making his motorcycle soar over rows of vehicles was far more dangerous than previous motorcycle stunts and required greater skill. Television carried his visually stunning, suspenseful performances to audiences everywhere. For his costumes, Knievel chose custom-made jumpsuits with patriotic designs and white leather to contrast with black leather jackets. He always wore a helmet for safety. Knievel’s jumping career lasted from 1965 to 1976; he wore this jumpsuit at the height of his career in the early 1970s.
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date made
early 1970s
worn by
Knievel, Evel
overall: 66 in x 28 in; 167.64 cm x 71.12 cm
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Clothing & Accessories
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Robert C. Knievel, a.k.a. Evel Knievel
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Visitor Comments

3/23/2015 4:25:08 PM
Matthew Connell
I love the costume! Evel's estate representative(s) should seriously consider marketing tee shirt styles that echo the legacy of this most interesting American stuntman.
4/7/2016 5:50:33 PM
I'd like to know who designed his suits was it bill belew the same designer of Elvis jumpsuits.
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