Vintage motorcycle jacket

Buco J-31

Buco Leather Jacket model J-31

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!

Enjoy!

-Matt

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BUCO LEATHER JACKET MODEL J-82

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BUCO ENGINEER BOOTS IN ELK

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Buco J-31 in beautiful horsehide

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Bujo J-31 close

Love the patina on this leather

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Missing the one spot on the front

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Buco J-31 back.

Love the map pockets on the back of the jacket

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Excellent plaid flannel interior

Buco J-31 Prentice Zipper

Original Prentice zipper still existed and was functional

Buco J-31 pocket

Missing pocket zipper pull

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Conmar zips at sleeves

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Buco J-31 brown horsehide label

Brown Buco horsehide label used from the late 1940’s to the early 50’s

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Buco Leather Jacket model J-82

I don’t remember where I found this Buco leather jacket. It was a Buco model J-82 and it’s a classic American made leather jacket. It’s also a great example of the level of quality coming out of Detroit in the 1950’s. …do you remember Detroit in it’s hay day?

This piece still proudly displays it’s silver bar spot work throughout the jacket, all zippers were original and functioned properly. The condition was amazing. It was certainly well cared for. The label is Buco’s third “steer hide” label and it was produced sometime in the late 1950’s. The main zipper was the “Hershey Bar” Talon. All pocket and sleeve zippers were Talons as well – all but one still possessed it’s attached leather pull. In the 1940’s and 50’s the Joseph Buegeleisen Co. was producing pieces made to last a lifetime. In 1957, this jacket retailed for $29.95 and came in sizes 34 to 48.

“Buco Steer-hide jacket. For the World’s Smartest Riders!”

-Matt

SEE THE BUCO HORSEHIDE J-31 JACKET HERE

SEE THE BUCO ENGINEER BOOTS IN ELK HERE

 

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