Evel Knievel's Jumpsuit

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
early 1970s
worn by
Knievel, Evel
Measurements
overall: 66 in x 28 in; 167.64 cm x 71.12 cm
ID Number
1995.0032.01
accession number
1995.0032
catalog number
1995.0032.01
Credit Line
Gift of Robert C. Knievel, a.k.a. Evel Knievel
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Data Source
National Museum of American History