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« on: February 16, 2017, 02:57:37 PM »

Can anyone tell me who was the manufacturer that made the helmets that Shelby/Autosport rebranded and sold through the Shelby catalog?








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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2017, 03:32:32 PM »

   Brian,
       It looks like a Bell. Simpson was not in business. Buco or Grant would be the only "other" local helmet makers . Autosport did not make their own and "imports" weren't invented yet. Strangely, Edelbrock also offered helmets back then as it seemed popular to offer them. I had one myself.  What does the label, sticker on the inside say?
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2017, 03:41:20 PM »

If I remember correctly, they were manufactured by Snell  Chug a Lug

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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2017, 04:13:17 PM »

They look an awful lot like McHal helmets as well. If your looking for one online, that search usually brings up ones without the sticker. The give away is the ear circle on the side-

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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2017, 05:17:28 PM »

That's what I was hoping to find.  You are right, the vent in the ear area gives it away as being a Shelby Helmet.  The one I have has a sticker inside with the name Snell, but I always thought that was just a governing body or foundation which was in place for safety reasons.





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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2017, 05:26:30 PM »

You are correct; Snell is not a manufacturer, but they set the standards to which the helmet is manufactured to.  The Snell sticker is roughly an equivalent of an underwriters laboratory certification.  Over time the standard has evolved; neat to see one marked to such an early version.

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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2017, 05:45:12 PM »

Dang thats cool.  I really want one!

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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2017, 06:16:14 PM »

Dang thats cool.  I really want one!

+1 added to hunt, very cool   Chug a Lug

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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2017, 08:18:17 AM »

You are correct; Snell is not a manufacturer, but they set the standards to which the helmet is manufactured to.  The Snell sticker is roughly an equivalent of an underwriters laboratory certification.  Over time the standard has evolved; neat to see one marked to such an early version.

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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2017, 08:25:48 AM »

The only problem is it's a pretty small size.  It fits my wife, but my big head makes for a pretty uncomfortable fit.  Oh, and never mind the smell, 50 years of racing sweat!

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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2017, 09:57:27 AM »

They came cheap....



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« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2017, 10:00:59 AM »

.... and in different colors-



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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2017, 09:27:38 PM »

I found 2 Shelby helments  & one went to steve J. & the one I got still in box with a plastic bag with Shelby cobra  snake logo on plastic bag so I can see whats on the box

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