Evel Knievel’s 1970 Triumph Is Not for the Faint of Heart

Few names have become as synonymous with something as Evel Knievel with daredevil stunts. His career included many death-defying victories. It also included many near-death experiences. One such experience was his attempted jump over the fountains of Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas. Knievel crashed on the ramp after attempting the 141-foot jump (the longest of his career). Injuries from the crash included a crushed pelvis and femur; fractures to his hip, wrist, and both ankles; and a concussion that kept him hospitalized in a coma for 29 days.

The display motorcycle displayed at Ceasars Palace to commemorate the jump was recently sold at Julien’s Auctions. The bike was a 1970 Triumph T100c with a 500cc parallel twin, air-cooled, overhead valves, single carburetor engine. Painted to match Knievel’s signature style of red, white, and blue with stars and stripes, the bike came with a certificate of authenticity from Caesers.

Knievel wasn’t the only one to take on the fountains at Caesers. Thirteen years after Knievel’s jump, Gary Wells also failed in his jump, sustaining serious injury, including a broken back, two broken legs, both lungs collapsed, and his aorta being ripped from his heart (he actually survived, if you can believe it). The jump was eventually conquered by Evel’s son, Robbie Kneivel in 1989. In 2006, Mike “The Godfather” Metzger jumped the fountains, and included a back flip for good measure.

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