There are replicas, and then there are ‘exact’ replicas. An ‘exact’ replica is made by the same craftsmen, in the same way the original was made. Using the same materials, the same methods, the same tools in the exact same way. The result is a copy, an exact copy of the original, often referred to as ‘museum quality’; which this one is, having been part of the ‘Ferrari: Under the Skin’ exhibition at the Design Museum in London and around the world over the last two years.
Juan Manuel Fangio, nicknamed El Maestro (The Master), was an Argentine racing car driver. He dominated the first decade of Formula One racing, winning the World Drivers’ Championship five times, with four different teams (Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Maserati). He is regarded by many as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time and holds the highest winning percentage in Formula One – 46.15% – winning 24 of 52 Formula One races he entered.
This is an exact replica of the helmet made for Juan Manuel Fangio, by Everoak in the 1950s.
The result is stunning, because it looks and feels like the original, it even smells like the original. Reproducing Fangio’s helmet requires many man hours and skill by a master craftsman, and Bill Vero has been making helmets all his life, just the way his father and his father’s father did, so this replica is the best you will get, in the world.
Contructed from traditional leather over a classic, hand shaped, unique profile shell, hand painted and aged, hand stitched canvas and leather net, this stunning helmet will be the centre piece of any helmet collection – one of the most iconic helmets, as worn by a five-time Formula 1 World Champion.