1960s Beck 999 Motorcycle Jacket Size 44

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    Up for sale is a vintage Motorcycle Jacket by Beck. 1960s era Model 999 as seen in the Rin Tanaka book. Black Leather with black quilted lining; rear waist area is lowered with three belt loops. Nice tea core patina showing at edges, and the sort of creasing that only comes with decades of love.

    Features the usual zippers for a double rider bike jacket, including two hip pockets, one chest pocket and sleeve cuffs, with a large heavy duty Talon main zipper. Chrome snaps on the lower lapel and front coin pocket. One inner chest pocket. Pocket bags are all in excellent shape, nice soft white flannel.

    Condition is very good. Notable signs of wear include:
    • Numerous small scuffs at neck and cuff areas, normal moderate wear for jacket of this vintage.
    • Tiny signs of tears on inner sleeve lining at cuff edges.
    • Missing teeth on one sleeve cuff zipper; zipper still functions.
    • One side pocket zipper is missing its pull (the chain pull is off the zipper but I have it and will include with the jacket).
    • Original lapel stars are missing (obviously, replacements are widely available).
    There is no size label, but I have an identical Beck 999 labeled clearly size 42 and this one is much roomier. I would say it fits true to size for a 44; although it does have a slight vintage style fit, nice roomy shoulders, then narrowing at the chest and staying more straight down through the waist, rather than a "V" taper.

    Thanks to the adjustable side laces I can zip this jacket easily, with just a little snugness around the armpit area. The shoulder vents work wonderfully when reaching forward. Given this and the shorter front & longer rear, I think this jacket would work superbly on a motorcycle.

    I would say this jacket is a true 44 but the sleeves are on the long side imo. Perfect if you'll be riding a bike, or if you are tall and usually opt for a 44 Long. The sleeves are way too long for me; since I'm not riding currently and found a 42 that fits me a little better (vertically, anyway - my stomach is another story!) I figured this one should go to someone taller or on a bike who will enjoy it.

    Please see measurements below (in Inches/mm):

    Chest, pit-to-pit, zipped: 23.5/600
    Waist (laces loose): 20/510
    Shoulder-to-Shoulder seams, at top across back: 20.5/525
    Sleeve, straight down outside, from top center shoulder seam to cuff: 25.75/655
    Sleeve from center of neck (like dress shirt): 36/918
    Hem (without Collar): 26/660

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    More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/44195255@N04/albums/72157709125151402 - for reference, I am 172 cm (Just under 5'8"), weight around 220 lbs/100 kg. I normally take a 42 jacket and my dress shirts are neck size 17, exact sleeve size is 34. I'm typically between a Medium and Large in tops.

    Price is $400 plus shipping.
     
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