Tampa Mayor Literally Buys Pimpmobile

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
DANIEL WALLACE | Times TP_343062_WALL_mayor_1 (08/25/2011 Tampa) Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is driving a black 2005 GMC Yukon Denali that may have to belonged to an accused pimp. The truck is sitting in his parking spot outside Tampa City Hall. [DANIEL WALLACE, Times]

Bob Buckhorn, the mayor of Tampa, Florida needed a safe, reliable vehicle for his family, and did what many cost-concious car buyers do – he looked for a vehicle seized by the police.

While most people have to attend an auction to purchase such a car, Buckhorn decided on a police forfeit since it meant that the city wouldn’t have to pay a dime to get him a vehicle. Buckhorn opted for a 2005 GMC Yukon Denali, and the car in question has what many classic car auction houses would call “provenance”.

Buckhorn’s Denali was formerly owned by Charles Melvin Fox, who was convicted of sex trafficking. Authorities allege that Fox’s Denali was used to transport prostitutes across state lines, making Buckhorn’s new car a pimpmobile in every sense of the word – the vehicle even had spinner rims installed, but they were eventually removed before Buckhorn took delivery. Buckhorn described the car as “a product of ill-gotten gains is being put to good use.”

[Source: Tampabay.com]

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