O.J. Simpson is the kind of famous that needs no introduction. Like M.J., Simpson’s initials can summon up every story attached to his life. Nicknamed ‘The Juice’, Simpson originally rose to fame as an impressive collegiate athlete. After graduating from college, Simpson would join the Buffalo Bills where he would run wild, quickly establishing himself as one of the top football players in the league. After, however, things changed. Simpson would become a known criminal with several high-profile criminals and multiple tragedies to his name.
The Infamous White Bronco
If you were an adult in the 90s, you probably knew where you were when O.J. Simpson went on his famous slow-speed police chase. On June 17, 1994, almost 100 million people around the world watched as Simpson slowly crawled down the Los Angeles freeways in a white 1992 Ford Bronco. The chase would become a pivotal moment in pop-culture history, if almost unbelievable due to the optics of the event. Simpson was on the run after being charged for the tragic deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
As Simpson and the Ford Bronco lumbered down the freeway with a fleet of police cars in tow, onlookers could not believe what they were seeing. Simpson hid in the backseat of the truck while the owner of the Bronco, Al Cowlings, drove the car. The chase eventually came to an end and what followed was one of the most infamous court cases in American history. After Simpson was ‘cleared’ of his charges, he would later be arrested again for the armed robbery of a hotel room in Las Vegas. Simpson would end up in prison for nine years before being released in 2017.
Getting back to the topic at hand, the 1992 Ford Bronco that appeared during the infamous chase would be purchased by Mike Gilbert, the agent for O.J. Simpson. Gilbert reportedly purchased the vehicle in order to keep it from being used for any ‘distasteful purposes’. Both Ford and Gilbert have acknowledged that the Bronco name will always be associated with the criminal chase that O.J. Simpson led police officers on.
Since purchasing the vehicle, Gilbert has attempted to keep it out of the spotlight as much as possible. However, the car would eventually find its way onto an episode of the reality series Pawn Stars. The show, which features a family of pawn professionals, would showcase the Ford Bronco and all the history associated with it. Gilbert told Rick Harrison, the leader of Pawn Stars, that he had already been offered $500,000 for the vehicle. Gilbert pressed Harrison to raise his price to $1.25 million. While Harrison admitted that the car could catch that kind of value at an auction, the prolific pawnstar had to pass on the vehicle due to the stigma attached to the vehicle. Gilbert later added that he would never sell the Bronco for a dollar less than $1 million.
The Rest of O.J.’s Famous Car Collection
When you talk about O.J. Simpson and his vehicles, the Ford Bronco will always be the lede in the story. Having said that, Simpson was a prolific collector of luxury cars during the peak of his football career. In order to steer away from discussion on the Ford Bronco, we’re going to show you a few of Simpson’s favorite vehicles that found their way into his collection before heading to prison.
As O.J. Simpson made his way into the professional football league, he had the kind of salary to command some pretty nice cars. One of the jewels of Simpson’s collection was the 1985 Ferrari Testarossa. This dark red car was never far from O.J.’s reach when he was out and about in public. Simpson always loved to show his style while flaunting his money and the 85 Testarossa was about as loud of a vehicle as you could find at the time.
Even though O.J. had rather abrasive tastes, he still knew where to get a refined and classy looking luxury vehicle. One of our favorite cars in O.J.’s collection was the 1988 Bentley Mulsanne. OJ purchased the vehicle for the explicit use of his hired driver. The glossy black Bentley looks as good as it drives and O.J. made sure to drive around often with it. Before the car was repossessed, the vehicle had 50,000 miles on it. Nowadays, if you want access to the 88 Bentley Mulsanne owned by O.J., you are going to need to fork over around $350,000. Who knew that cars could actually appraise in value!
Nowadays, you’ll find O.J. Simpson driving around a new Bentley Continental. As an homage to the Mulsanne, the Continental is a great upgrade that still reflects refined and subdued taste. The glossy finish on the car gleams under the sunlight and the interior of the car is as pretty as any model in the Bentley catalog. O.J. has been frequently spotted driving the Bentley to and from his favorite golf courses ever since his release from prison.