1978 Gilles Villeneuve Race Used Ferrari F1 Suit
This incredibly rare Gilles Villeneuve Linea Sport Nomex race suit, used by the popular French Canadian in his first full season driving for Ferrari in Formula 1. In 1978 Gilles won his first Grand Prix at Montreal, a circuit that would later bear his name in commemoration of the accomplishment.
Unlike today in the late 70’s, drivers only had a few suits per year and were heavily used until they were well worn and needed to be changed, as is this suit. Also most drivers would remove the sponsorship patches that were on the worn out suit to put on to the next one used. Gilles removed all the patches from this suit at the end of the season to sew onto his suit for the next season. This suit shows all of the patch and stitch marks where the patches used to be, most noticeably the oval shaped Labatt’s beer patches to the top left shoulder and the top of the back that have imprinted themselves into the suit due to heavy wear (Please see all pictures).
This suit has been photo matched to being used in at least two races in 1978, Gilles third place finish at the Austrian Grand Prix. Where he can be seen wearing it on the podium. Also it was worn at the Belgian Grand Prix all pictures below show suit before patches were removed.
This is a very rare opportunity to own a suit used by an Icon of Formula 1, thought by many to be one of the top ten drivers in the history of the sport.
Suit comes with a full Certificate of Authenticity