The White Ford Bronco that transported OJ Simpson on his “slow-speed chase” along LA’s 405 Freeway is getting another TV closeup — 23 years after that infamous journey.
The Bronco’s current owner Mike Gilbert — Simpson’s former sports agent — will try to strike a deal for the car on “Pawn Stars,” the series set at the Las Vegas-based World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. The episode, “If the Pawn Don’t Fit,” airs Aug. 14 at 10 p.m. on History.
‘Not many people realize it’s for sale … and I just thought it was a really cool thing to put on the show.’
“Not many people realize it’s for sale … and I just thought it was a really cool thing to put on the show,” says “Pawn Stars” personality Rick Harrison, who co-owns World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. “I never glorify gangsters or murderers on the show … and I think OJ is a douchebag … who did some really bad things. I’m a dad with six kids and I’m trying to teach each of them a little bit of morality.
“But I felt it would be good for the show and I figured I’d give it a shot.”
There’s that and the fact that interest in Simpson is, once again, at a fever pitch, now that he’s scheduled to be released on parole as early as October after serving nine years behind bars in Nevada for participating in a 2007 armed robbery.
“I’ve been offered some OJ stuff over the years and I always tell people to go someplace else,” Harrison says. “I hate stuff like that in my store. This is one of the most conflicted episodes we’ve done.”
The 1993 Bronco was driven by Simpson pal AC Cowlings during the infamous “slow-speed chase” on June 17, 1994 — five days after the murders of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and Ron Goldman.
[Simpson owned an identical White Ford Bronco, which was given to him by Hertz, for whom he was a TV pitchman. That car was destroyed.]