- On the popular detective series THE
ROCKFORD FILES/NBC/1974-80. James Garner starred as Jim Rockford, an easy-going
but rugged Los Angeles-based ex-con turned private eye. Jim lived in a mobile
home park on the beach and traveled about the southland in a gold Firebird
Esprit [models 1975-1978]. Its license read: 853-OKG. When someone needed to
hire Jim they contacted him by telephone [213-555-2368] and left a message on
his answering machine. When Jim got the chance, he hopped into his Firebird and
started working the case.
James Garner with his Pontiac Firebird
TRIVIA NOTE: According to James Garner, the license
plate number (853-OKG) on Jim Rockford's Firebird was thought up by his agent.
It represents August of 1953 when James Garner got his first acting role and the OKG comes from his home state of Oklahoma and the first letter of his last name!
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