Nothing More Classic Than the General Lee
Here at Dave Syverson Auto Center Albert Lea MN, we are big fans of Dodge and the rich history of the brand. So we’ve decided that it would be fun to take a look back at a classic Dodge vehicle every week in something that we call, “Flashback Friday”. This will be our first Flashback Friday post ever, so we wanted to cover a car that was truly unique and special. Well, there is nothing more classic then the General Lee, which is the Dodge Charger that was used in the Dukes of Hazzard television show.
The Dukes of Hazzard television series, which aired on CBS network, first began in January of 1979 and lasted until February of 1985. The show was inspired by a film that came out in the 70s called “Moonrunners”. The show is about the “Duke Boys” who live out in the country in a small fictional place called Hazzard County. The show is centered around the Duke Boys trying to outsmart and outrun the corrupt County Commissioner, Boss Hogg, in their classic Dodge Charger stock car nicknamed the General Lee.
The General Lee eventually became more of a star on the show then the actual characters. The Charger was completely custom and had a signature look that fit the personality of the Duke boys perfectly. The car was named after Civil War General Robert E. Lee and has a Confederate flag painted on the roof. The paint job is bright orange with the number “01” painted on the side in black. The car is also characterized by its signature horn that plays the first 12 notes of the song “Dixie”. It also had doors that are welded shut, so the only way to climb in was through the window, this may not have been practical, but it was damn cool.
The show became well-known for its aggressive stunt driving and jumping scenes with the General Lee. This meant that they went through a lot of Dodge Chargers during the filming of the show. No one knows exactly how many General Lee’s were used on the show. People who worked on the show and built them for the show have given estimates that range from 256 cars to 321 cars over the course of the series. The General Lee appeared in every Dukes of Hazzard episode except for one.
The television show led to a full-length Dukes of Hazzard movie that was produced by Warner Brothers that starred Johhny Knoxville and Sean William Scott. For the movie, two classic Dodge Chargers were temporarily sold to Warner Brother by Everett “J.R.” Barton for $1.00 to make the movie. Then after filming was wrapped up they were sold back to him for $1.25. Surprisingly, both of the Chargers were still in running condition when they were returned to Barton.
We hope that you have had had as much fun learning about the General Lee as we did writing about about it. Remember to stop down to Dave Syverson Auto Center Albert Lea MN the next time that you are in the market for a new or pre-owned vehicle. We have an expert staff and the largest selection in the area.