Original Wartime Aero Leather of Scotland A2, $3,995

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  1. 2BM2K

    2BM2K Well-Known Member

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  2. Stony

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    It will be interesting to see what IMA says when they find out. They probably won't change anything.
     
  3. Ken at Aero Leather

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    Anyone thinking of bidding would we well advised to spend the extra $20 for this option......Add Certificate Of Authenticity $20.00
     
  4. Ken at Aero Leather

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    The art work would have been done in the late 1980s by Tim Rhodes of Carlisle. Great artist must have done close to a hundred backs for Aero. The jacket would have been made by Christine or myself
    The spec, incl the internal stamping would have done to order for whoever ordered the jacket, proably someone in Japan. I know it's ours by the font
    There is a watercolour done by Tim hanging in my studio depicting every car I'd owned between the mid 60s and the late 80s
    At the risk of going off topic (as is often the case)I'll take a pic tomorrow and post it. Some real rarities amongst them along with a couple of real bangers.
     
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    May be you could post some of the thrift shop photos while your at it , I may of asked this before .

    BIP
     
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  6. Ken at Aero Leather

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    As I see it the vendor knows he's got a repro

    Exhibit One.

    The text listing the info on the label omits the Contract Number, he doesn't try to do a "Goldsmith" with the number, rather kicks it into the long grass
    TYPE A-2
    DRAWING No30-1415
    AERO LEATHER CO
    PROPERTY
    AIR FORCE U.S. ARMY
    44

    Exhibit Two

    The Price. A kosher original PPM would make at least double the asking price. So many folk selling pieces with dodgy provenance go far too cheap for the piece to be original.

    Now if he'd removed the label, bust the zipper so it "lost" the 70s Talon clues and upped the price even by $1000, he MIGHT just have got away with it........not necessarily on here of course

    As it is it is no more convincing than Hitler's Diaries were.....

    " Eva and I went down to the shops today, she was trying to take my mind off zee var"

    Taken from the copy in The Thrift Shop window (circa 1983) on the day the story broke
     
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    Would the label also have Beacon NY on it if it were original .

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  8. Ken at Aero Leather

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    Yes, and the font would have been very different. Back in the 80's we weren't concerned with such nicities
    We didn't add "Beacon NY" until the late 90's and then reluctantly and led by a huge demand from our customers. I still feel it's misleading.

    BTW The burgers, or is it the buggers, in The EU wrote to us over 20 years ago telling us we couldn't put "Made In Scotland" in our jackets
    We (as politely as we could) offered them the chance to go and replicate.............haven't heard a word since
     
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  9. Ken at Aero Leather

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    I'm aware of the omission. They are still in the factory, I'll be down soon and I will get them scanned, I promise
    Most of the photos we had are in a new Japanese book "Love Aero Bible" https://books.rakuten.co.jp/rb/15731048/
    We will have some copies for sale through the Aero Website any day but the price is fairly eyewatering but the quality of the book is astounding.
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    Some others will be Issue 3 of The Aero Style Review magazine, currently being put together, scheduled for release in March
     
  10. Anthony G Ward

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    Very shady if they do indeed know and trying to skirt the issue. Embarrassing if they actually believe original

    I was researching Joseph Morris earlier when I saw the jacket. No records to confirm he ever crewed on the pistol packin mama on top of this. 390th website has him listed in the 570th squad. but thats the extent of it
     
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  11. Ken at Aero Leather

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    As promised, another piece of artwork by the artist who painted the alleged "Original" A-2 OP

    cars 005.JPG
     
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  12. Ken at Aero Leather

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    Let's make this interesting..............first person to ID every car above wins a Free Aero Enamel Mug (ideal for coffee in the garage) posted free wherever
    PM answers only please, don't want to clog up the thread
     
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    Depends how picky you might be with the several of the same type ie the Mini's! Surely Ken that last bottom right is not a Mini Metro? Given the others I can't imagine you'd fess up to owning one of those?? A Consul Classic too, what was you thinking when the Capri Mk1 was an option! Otherwise the boy did good with most but which do you wish you still had?
     
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    Bottom right, Sunbeam Alpine or Rapier ?
     
  15. Ken at Aero Leather

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    Ford Classic was bought when we started The Thrift Shop, that's when the E Type had to go
    The embarrassing car ( bottom right) was bought when we were starting Aero, Top row, 2nd from lef had to be sacrificed to fund that business

    Both periods of low on cash but high on ideas.

    Model (Minis apart) would help in the case of a tie breaker, there are several real rarities in the group, bottom right apart :oops: which was the worst car I ever owned
     
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    Top Row: MGB, MGC GT, Mk 2 Mini Cooper, Probably a Mk IV Jag of some description

    Next Row: Austin Healey 3000, Mk I Mini Cooper, MGB, MG Sprite, Mk 3 Mini Cooper

    Next Row: Mk 1 Mini, Mk 2 Jag, MGA, Austin Healey 3000

    Next Row: Series I E-type, Mk I Morris Mini, probably a Bentley VI with coachbuilt exterior, Mk 2 Jag

    Next Row: Series I Land Rover, Ford Consul, Mk 2 Jag, Mini Cooper, Mk 2 Jag

    Botton Row: Don't know but looks like some Ferrari, Aston Martin DB5, Aston Martin V8, Porsche 356, Mk 3 Mini, Renault Fuego
     
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  17. Ken at Aero Leather

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    Errors in bold

    Clue to the bottom right, it held the 1600 lap record at Brands Hatch when I bought it
     
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    Oops not a Vitesse but a Ford Consul, so I'll edit that...
     
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    I've made a couple of edits but I'll have to have a think about the top right and the "Ferrari" one as I have to take the nippers out tobogganing.
     
  20. Ken at Aero Leather

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    Financial : The Bentley
    Where I live now : The Landrover :)
    As a Car :The MkII Jag (5th row, right)
     

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