Founded in 1933 in Detroit by Joseph Buegeleisen, Buco was a manufacturer of motorcycle jackets, mostly known for its iconic J-100 café racer jacket. After contracting with the government during WWII for flight helmets, Buco specialized in the motorcycle trade. In 1966, when Buco was the countries largest manufacturers of motorcycle accessories, Joseph Buegeleisen sold the company to the American Safety Equipment Corporation.
American Safety outsourced production to Japan, Spain and England. Former Buco employees went on to start working for Brooks leather jackets, also based in Detroit. A lot of companies offer reproductions of the iconic J-100 jacket, as original jackets are highly sought after.
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