Bell invented the motorsports helmet in 1954 and significantly upgraded the design with the addition of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam a couple years later.
One of the first open face BELL helmets, the 500-TX, is selected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for Excellence of Design. The 500-TX was the first helmet to receive Snell approval and would set a standard for product safety.
In 1966, Bell launched the world’s first full-face motorsports helmet and quickly earned the admiration and support of the world’s top motorsport racers and enthusiasts. Many famous drivers such as Jacky Ickx, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve and many others have all worn the Bell Star to protect their head in the seventies and the Bell XFM-1 in the eighties.
Fast-forward 40-odd years and Bell is again launching the 500-TX Classic, the Star Classic and the XFM-1 Classic to the delight of true classic car enthusiasts and historic car drivers. The same shape as the famous original Bell helmets are reintroduced but produced to the latest safety standard (Snell SA2010) using the latest production techniques and high tech materials.