The Dukes of Hazzard originally aired between 1979-1985 on CBS and
featured one of the most recognized classic American muscle cars.
The 1969 Dodge Charger R/T was named "General Lee" and owned in the
show by cousins Bo and Luke Duke. The story of the General Lee
began with the two cousins looking for a fixer-upper to enter a
local race. They found the Dodge Charger (then black in color) with
a busted front end. With the help of Cooter (the local mechanic)
and their family, the Duke boys put together an orange race car
with the doors welded shut (for safety), a confederate flag on the
roof and a big "01" painted on the doors. The boys won the race in
the Charger, a car with classic lines and world-beater
performance.Over the years, audiences found themselves getting
attached to famous vehicles that became characters on their own
rights, and one such car is General Lee: the iconic 1969 Dodge
Charger used by cousins Bo (John Schneider) and Luke (Tom Wopat)
Duke used in The Dukes of Hazzard.Using the General Lee, the Duke
boys pulled off amazing stunts that would make professional racers
envious. But in reality, a retail-bought Dodge Charger wasn't
capable of such tricks, forcing the prop masters and mechanics to
modify every Charger used for the show.Every time the General Lee
made one of hundreds of daredevil jumps, it soared in the air and
landed rear-wheels first. Realistically, this was impossible
because the bulk of a car's weight is in the front, meaning that it
would nosedive into the ground.To avoid this from happening, the
General Lee was loaded with extra mass by placing concrete ballast,
sandbags, or weight boxes in the trunk. This meant that its
heaviest side was now in the back, allowing the Charger to briefly
fly in the precise way that the directors wanted it to.The General
Lee is known for many iconic features, one of which is a horn that
plays the Confederate song "Dixie." But unlike the show's intricate
stunts and car chases, the use of the Dixie horn was the unplanned
result of pure luck.According to the show's creators, they were on
the road when they heard a passing car blare its horn to the tune
of Dixie. They chased the car down and bought the Dixie horn from
the driver for $300, thus upgrading an already iconic car to a
legendary status.The General Lee is known for making breathtaking
jumps, with its highest peak being 16ft high across a distance of
82ft before crashing down. This jump over the squad car capped the
show's premiere episode and cemented the stunt that would become
synonymous to the Duke boys.If the General Lee could be considered
to be a character in The Dukes of Hazzard, it only makes sense that
it had stuntmen. In total, the Lee had around 300 doubles (26 in
the movie) - all of which died during filming. Which caused a
shortage of Chargers for the general public!This is a 1968 Charger
that has been cloned into a 1969' General Lee. Well done clone
driven by John Schneider Also signed by cast members of the show.
Boasting a 383 bolted up 727 automatic transmission with a 8 � rear
end equipped with 3:23 rear end gears.
1968 Dodge Charger
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