O.J. Simpson’s Ford Bronco is being sold on an upcoming episode of Pawn Stars.
The infamous white Ford Bronco is perhaps the most watched vehicle in history following its use in the 1994 slow-speed chase of the former NFL star. On the morning of June 17, 1994, Simpson was scheduled to turn himself in to police in connection with the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson, his wife, and Ron Goldman. He never showed, and at 2 p.m. the Los Angeles Police Department issued an all-points bulletin for Simpson.
At 5 p.m., one of Simpson’s lawyers read a letter written by the former NFL running back that seemed like a suicide note. Then, at 6:20 p.m., a passing motorist spotted O.J. in the back of a white Ford Bronco. It was being driven by his longtime friend Al Cowlings, who yelled out to a trailing police car that Simpson was in the truck, and had a gun to his own head.
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Thus began the low-speed chase of Simpson by as many as 20 police cars and more than nine helicopters. The chase lasted nearly two hours, with one helicopter actually running out of fuel and being forced to land.
Police were eventually able to contact Simpson via his cell phone and convinced him to return home. The chase ended at 8 p.m. and covered 50 miles, with news bulletins interrupting all programming to bring round the clock coverage. It was one of the most watched televised events in history.
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Following the chase, Cowlings gave the Ford Bronco to Mike Gilbert, Simpson’s former agent. It was kept safe in his possession virtually untouched for 22 years, and now, according to TMZ, it once again returns to seek its fortune on the wildly successful reality TV show Pawn Stars.
And by “seek its fortune”, it’s more like Gilbert’s fortune. The former agent contacted Rick Harrison, co-owner of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop to sell the truck, asking for half a million dollars. That would be an amount so far unseen on the show, with the nearest item being literal gold bars which sold for $128,000.00.
The episode featuring the fated Bronco airs Monday night on the History channel.
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