Vintage Taubers of California Cafe Racer, Craigslist $75
A number of years ago I got quite into collecting vintage American-made motorcycle jackets, especially ones of the design like you see above (w/ mandarin/tab collar), often called cafe racers. I could never afford the real collectible ones by the likes of Buco, Langlitz, Beck, etc., but I did find a number of great jackets via ebay and Craigslist from brands like Vanson, Schott, Taubers, Just Leather, Brooks, etc.
Craigslist is a great resource for vintage motorcycle jackets at what can be a great price, especially if the seller is just an older guy selling off the motorcycle gear he doesn’t use anymore. He’s got no idea that his old Schott or Vanson leathers are coveted by others, and will often price his jacket as though he’s just selling an old used jacket, i.e., for under $100. It’s a resource worth checking out if you’re looking for a nice high-quality American-made vintage leather jacket, but don’t want to pay the prices you’d see in a specialty shop.