If you grew up watching TV between 1979 and 1985, you are probably familiar with the Dukes of Hazzard television show. The show featured Bo and Luke Duke as a pair of good ol’ boys living in fictional Hazzard County, Georgia. The series followed the misadventures of the Duke boys as they battled the dishonest county commissioner (and wealthiest man in Hazzard county) Boss Hogg, and his underling, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. More often than not, the Duke boys were found riding around in their souped-up Dodge, evading and/or thwarting the plans of Boss Hogg.
Which brings us to another “character” in the show, one of the four-wheeled variety, the iconic General Lee. The General Lee was a 1969 Dodge Charger, painted orange and featuring an image of the Confederate flag on the roof. Famously, the car melodically sounded the first twelve notes of the song Dixie whenever the driver hit the horn. For anyone who has seen the show, the General Lee needs no introduction.
But most importantly, we are happy to have found one up for auction.
Our remarkable find is this Screen Used General Lee from the T.V. series Dukes of Hazzard:
Now there are many replica General Lees floating around out there, but the seller tells us this one is an actual, original, screen-used vehicle. From the listing:
“Here we have a Screen used General Lee Stunt car, used in the 4th season of the Television show The Dukes Of Hazzard , fully documented/with COA and recently seen on the ScFy channels “Hollywood Treasures “. It is not a 2005/2007 Movie GL.
It is running a 400 and a 727 auto , fuel cell in the trunk , in 2005 the previous owner set about restoring the paint work, some panel’s where changed out, but all stunt work damage was retained,today there is some rust present in the drivers floor board and lower left quarter and end cap.
This General lee also has 13 signatures from cast and crew , would be great display/draw card for your Museum or Business, or with a little work ,make it a every day driver .”
We couldn’t verify the claim about it being the car featured on the SyFy channel’s “Hollywood Treasures,” but the General Lee is certainly one of the items featured in the episode entitled Vampire, Swords and The Queen of the Night. We’ll need to wait until the full episode comes online to check.
So what is so special about this car? After all, the seller notes the car needs wiring work and a new suspension for it to be road worthy. Well, for one thing, this car actually survived the T.V. series. According to Wikipedia, an estimated 309 Chargers were used over the course of the filming of the series, and of those only 23 survived, “in various states of repair.” The original cars barely ever survived for more than one gut-wrenching, suspension-bending episode. The seller notes this car comes with the original suspension (not the best endorsement) and that “this is the only one left with a full ‘A.J Thrasher’ built roll cage.” This car wears its stunt work damage like a badge of honor.
At the end of the day, this General Lee is a collector’s piece, and we wish the seller well. It reportedly comes with “13 signatures from the cast and crew” of the show, which in and of itself should be enough to get some serious Hazzard-heads psyched to bid. (Oh, and in case you are wondering, there is an event, the Hazzard Homecoming, where fans gather to celebrate all things Dukes of Hazzard-related).
As the boys might exclaim: Yee-haw!