With our recent look at nearly every jump that the famed General Lee made in the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, it’s a wonder that any of the Chargers made it off the set in one piece. Practically every major jump in the seven seasons of the series bent and twisted the cars to points of no return, causing car after car to be retired and consequentially destroyed. That’s why finding a Charger used in the filming of The Dukes of Hazzard is so difficult. But as we found out from BoldRide, at least one Charger believed to be an original General Lee is still floating around the automotive community.
It is believed that about 320 Chargers were used to portray the General Lee in the Dukes of Hazzard for the show’s seven seasons. These Chargers, ranging in model years from 1968 to 1970, were launched across just about every obstacle imaginable as the Duke boys caused havoc and ran from police in Hazzard County. Unfortunately, the number of Chargers used in the show reflects the amount of damage many of them sustained during filming, with many of them being destroyed after just one jump.
That’s why seeing this General Lee is so unique. Although there isn’t any kind of documentation proving that this Charger was actually used in the TV series, the car’s claim to fame is supported by the signatures of both John Schneider, who played Bo Duke in the series, and custom car builder George Barris on the body of car.
What makes this Charger even more special is the fact that it is actually a 1969 model. Unlike many of the cars used in The Dukes of Hazzard, this Charger actually started life as a ‘69 and did not require body modifications for the series like the 1968 and 1970 models did. Painted in traditional orange with confederate flag and “01” detailing, this Charger definitely fit’s the bill as far as aesthetics go.
Under the hood of the Charger is a 383cui V8 engine matted to a three-speed automatic transmission. This is supported by a live axel with semi-elliptic leaf springs in the rear and an independent front suspension, along with four-wheel drum brakes. In true General Lee form, the Charger also features correct alloy wheels, a five-horn system that plays the iconic first few bars of “Dixie,” and a custom push-bar meant to protect the grille during stunts.
Back in 2009, this Charger was sold by RM Auctions for just $27,500, making us question its authenticity. One would think that a legitimate General Lee car from the TV series would go for much more than that, but proof is everything when it comes to collector cars. Either way, the idea of an original General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard still being around is exciting.We just hope to see more potential survivors pop up in the future.