This great Harley jacket sold on eBay way back on April 7th. It’s rare to see a Cycle Champ in this sizing and the final sale price confirms that. From the listing:
“Selling an early 40s Harley Davidson Cycle Champ D pocket jacket that I got from the original owners family. It was given to him by harley with the purchase of his knucklehead in the 40s. The jacket is in INCREDIBLE condition for its age with original tag, lining and even leather tassels on the zippers!
The jacket actually fits unlike most tiny d pockets from back then!
All zippers and buttons function perfectly.
The sergeant strap on the shoulder has a couple stitches that have fallen out and the owner also replaced the belt loops when the others failed. The jacket measures roughly 18″ shoulder to shoulder, 22.5″ under the arm pits and 25″ arm length.
Its a jacket I will probably regret selling!”
Here are the auction details:
HARLEY DAVIDSON CYCLE CHAMP JACKET D POCKET HORSEHIDE
Seller: infernal6majesty / Santa Monica, CA
Price : $2,500
Label : Harley Davidson
Condition : “used” but great vintage condition
This gorgeous 1930’s horsehide leather car coat sold on eBay back on February 3rd for the amount of $2,281. The patina is absolutely perfect and the built in vest makes it a real rarity. All original buttons exist and function as they should. It’s my opinion that whoever landed this coat got themselves a real deal. Here’s the description from the original listing:
“PLAID WOOL LINER & BUILT IN 6 BUTTON VEST W/ 2 POCKETS & ELASTIC WAIST ON VEST
Original belt & Buckle.
Corduroy material lined collar & interior trim.
2 chest pockets 2 lower front pockets.
The leather Is in really great condition for its age. Beautiful Patina & Still supple with no cracking or dry spots
No holes, no stitching issues,perfectly patina’d leather that has grown beautiful with age.
All original buttons are present.
Lining in nice condition no cuts tears or moth bites.
This Has No tag on Jacket.
These 1930’s horsehide leather car coats were very popular before WWII and were developed and used by motorcyclists, aviator pilots and hunters before the motorcycle jackets of the 1940′s and 50′s revolutionized the jacket concept.
Almost all of these jackets were constructed from top quality horsehide leather and some were produced with the mouton collars. Almost all of them also included the wool interior liners.
The buttons found on these coats were not enough to protect the motorcycle rider and aviator pilots from the cold wind. In the late 1920′s the government was looking for a solution to the problem and discovered Talon’s zipper design.”
Stunning. See all the photos below. Here are the auction details:
ANTIQUE 1930’S HORSEHIDE LEATHER MOTORCYCLE AVIATOR JACKET PLAID WOOL LINER/VEST
Seller: 925sfairtradeinc / Asheville, NC
Condition: Absolutely perfect.
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This image comes from Shorpy. “Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “H. Addison Bowie.” A motorcycle dealer on H Street. With “Harley-Davidson” in the big window under “Distributors,” and a smaller sign upstairs.” Click it to view the HD version.
Block Bilt was producing some gorgeous leather jackets in the 1930’s and 40’s. You can see another example of this jacket here. I’ve got a hunch that the massive asking price most likely drove away some of the biggest potential buyers forcing the seller to settle on the sale price of about $1,000. That sale price is a guess because we don’t have access to the exact sale amount.
From the listing:
“Another AWESOME FIND from PortlandStation®.. You will be proud to own it! A fantastic look, and a popular style. Honestly, it looks even better than our pictures.. Be sure to review all of the crisp photos and double check your measurements with ours, provided below. Don’t miss out.. and be prepared for all the compliments!”
Here are the sale details:
D-Pocket USA Vtg BUCKLE BACK Horsehide GROMMET ZIPPER Leather MOTORCYCLE JACKET
Seller: portlandstation / Clackamas, OR
Price: Offered for $9,998.98 / Offer accepted $1,000???
Label: Block Bilt
Condition: “USA MADE – 1930s – Block Bilt – Incredible Condition for it’s age!!”
The Langlitz Columbia Leather Jacket is a classic motorcycle jacket made by Langlitz in Portland. They’ve been producing these since Ross made them by hand in the late 1940’s. As far as I’m concerned, Langlitz is the standard of high quality motorcycle apparel even today! This particular jacket sold way back in December and was made of horsehide. It looks to have all it’s original zippers – including an excellent Crown main zipper! The leather has a terrific patina and looks to be gorgeously worn. I’m consistently surprised by the value of these pieces. Not 3 years ago, this jacket would have sold for $1,100+ but now it’s selling for just under $700.
The Columbia description from the Langlitz website:
“This is our most popular jacket. It features a front zipper, two outside zippered pockets, one open inside map pocket, and zippered sleeves. It has a double-thick rear kidney panel that provides support and helps for lower back coverage. This jacket comes standard with a dress collar but may also be ordered with a cossack collar at no charge.”
Here are the auction details:
Seller: iontorpedo / Portland, Oregon
Label: Langlitz Leathers
Condition: “Excellent overall, very clean and all original.”
One of the best jackets to ever be created was the Rough Wear Type A2 Leather Jacket for the US Army Air Force pilots, navigators and bombardiers. The Rough Wear Clothing Co. of Middletown, PA was likely the most prolific war-time producer of A-2 jackets. They were contracted in the spring of 1941 and this jacket was produced during that run. Most A2’s were made of horsehide but I believe this jacket is made of goat – though I could be wrong. Either way, the painting brings it’s own history to this piece. Certainly unique and very much amazing.
From the listing:
“The Art: The rear of the jacket pictures a sickly-looking, terrified Adolf Hitler plugging his ears as a bomb drops from the sky toward his head. In yellow lettering, the phrase “No use, Adolf” appears above his head to the left. The Patches: On the left shoulder there is a beautiful bullion-on-wool Army Air Force SSI. On the front of the jacket appears a beautiful felt embroidered black cat riding a yellow bomb in front of a large red “V.” Above the cat is the pin “To Hell with Hitler.” The patch is sewn on a larger green leather disk. The disk is then sewn on the jacket. It appears the disk was sewn over four metal snaps where something was previously snapped (perhaps another patch?)”
Here are the auction details:
Seller: majortedssr / South Yarmouth, MA
Label: Rough Wear Clothing Co. / Sz. 42
Condition: “Jacket leather is soft and creamy soft – totally wearable. Zipper is in perfect working order.”
This jacket sold quite a while back, it’s been in my “get to it” pile and I have now found the time to get to it. An excellent vintage Buco J-100 leather jacket with the blue steerhide label and terrific Motorcycle Club painting. Tons of patina and plenty of life left in this piece. It’s a great example of old school leather motorcycle apparel from the Joseph Buegeleisen Co.
From the listing:
“Belonged to “Bob” number 95E. Has Bob on one sleeve and 95E on the other. Marked 95 on the back with a VERY faint E.Unable to read what the name of the club was on the front.Tag says “Buco Garment Quality Steerhide Joseph Buegeleisen Co Detroit” Has all Talon zippers and they are all functioning. Main zipper still has it’s leather pull. Does show signs of age/wear, some scruffs and scratches from use. Unlined and has 2 pocket. Leather is not brittle and flaking but is slightly stiff and definitely needs to be conditioned. Does have that “old” leather smell.”
The sale details:
Vintage 50s 60s Buco Steerhide Leather J-100 Cafe Racer Jacket Sz 38 Talon
Seller: mustluvvintage / Kingman, AZ
Label: Buco . 38
Condition: Terrific vintage find. All original zippers and plenty of wear and patina.
This vintage Peters leather jacket sold on eBay quite a while ago, I’ve just been a little skeptical of it selling for this price so I refrained from posting about it. I haven’t seen it relisted, nor have I seen it show up anywhere else, so I guess the sale was legitimate. No doubt the Peters label is super rare. In fact, I can’t remember one popping up on eBay anytime in the last several years. It was first offered up on eBay as a Buy It Now or Best Offer (BINOBO) for $8,500 and the offer price that was finally taken was near the 8 stacks price of $7,700…
It is a beautiful jacket with plenty of great patina, excellent back detailing and all the original working zippers! That Art Deco Talon zipper is gorgeous and it looks like all the o-pull rings even exist! Just missing the leather laces for the sides.
If anyone knows where this jacket went, please let me know. I’d like some better photos of it. ..and maybe to try it on.
Here are the details:
1940s SPECIAL PETERS OF SAN FRANCISCO BLACK HORSEHIDE FAN BACK MOTORCYCLE JACKET
Sale price: $7700 offer.
Seller: denimdogs / Minneapolis, MN
Label: Peter’s Tailor Made on Mission St
Condition: Excellent vintage condition. Leather looks great, original Art Deco Talon zips. Gorgeous.
Check out the photos below….