This is the unique Buco Leather Jacket model “J-31″ in gorgeous horsehide.
I bought this almost a year ago in a Milwaukee suburb and was thrilled to have found it and meet the original owner of the jacket. We spent 45 minutes together on a brisk, sunny afternoon swapping stories and experiences. I enjoyed hearing his tales of classic mid western road trips in his gorgeous Buco leather jacket. It’s always a great opportunity to meet the guys and gals who purchased and owned these vintage leather jackets back in the day.
This particular piece boasts 7 of the original 8 spots across the front. The owner’s son admitted to losing the one spot when he wore the jacket to high school one day back in the 80’s. The jacket possessed the brown second Buco label and was produced between 1950 and 1953. It still possessed it’s working Prentice main zipper, all others were Conmar zips. Terrifically patina’d horsehide leather and a nearly flawless patterned flannel interior make this a piece worth the high $$$. Have a look at the high quality photographs below.
It’s finds like this Buco leather jacket that bring the thrill to the hunt – a great piece of vintage leather jacket history!
Buco J-31 in beautiful horsehide
Love the patina on this leather
Missing the one spot on the front
Love the map pockets on the back of the jacket
Excellent plaid flannel interior
Original Prentice zipper still existed and was functional
Missing pocket zipper pull
Conmar zips at sleeves
Brown Buco horsehide label used from the late 1940’s to the early 50’s