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Judge Bars Sale of Bronco in Simpson Chase, But It’s Already Sold

January 14, 1995 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ O.J. Simpson’s friend Al Cowlings can’t sell his famous white Bronco until a dispute is resolved over who had first dibs, a judge ruled Friday.

Cowlings’ lawyer said the vehicle was sold Dec. 7 to three California men for $200,000. However, the Bronco is still in Cowlings name, state records show, meaning that he can’t transfer ownership until the dispute is resolved.

Minnesota-based Startifacts Inc. sued Cowlings last month, claiming he reneged on a deal to sell the Bronco for $75,000.

Cowlings drove Simpson in the Bronco as they fled police June 17, the day authorities announced Simpson would be charged in the slayings of his ex-wife and her friend. Cowlings was not prosecuted for his role in he pursuit.

Cowlings lawyer Steven Stone said his client never signed a contract with Startifacts.

``Mr. Cowlings had negotiations with a lot of people,″ Stone said. ``It had no value to him. He couldn’t drive it any longer″ because of the publicity.

Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien issued the preliminary injunction pending a trial or settlement.