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Lot 804: 1969 Dodge Charger “The General Lee”

The George Barris Collection, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 May 2005)

“The General Lee” The Dukes of Hazzard, Warner Brothers, 1979-1985

A 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, 440 cu, 727 automatic transmission, hemi orange with roll bar and push bar, side decals, racing wheels.

This “General Lee” was the #1 stand-by car and used for promotion and exhibition with John Schneider, Tom Wopat (Luke Duke) and George Barris. It can also be seen in the video and DVD by Kid Rock.

One of the most famous cars in television history, “The General Lee” tore across prime time for seven years. “The General Lee” was, in fact, one of the main stars of the series, with its trademark long jumps and close and convoluted escapes from the law. Set in Georgia, the “Duke” boys were a pair of Robin Hood characters in constant conflict with ‘Boss’ Hogg and his bumbling sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane. And who can forget Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke? The Dukes of Hazzard has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity through syndication, and two, made for television movies. There are literally hundreds of websites devoted both to the show and specifically to "The General Lee.” Warner Brothers new feature film based on the series, and starring Johnny Knoxville, Sean William Scott, Jessica Simpson, Burt Reynolds and Willie Nelson is slated for release June 24, 2005 which, by the way, will roughly coincide with ‘Dukefest 2005’ a fan convention held in June in Bristol, Tennessee.

Without Reserve

Lot Details
Auction The George Barris Collection
Bonhams & Butterfields, Petersen Museum, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number804
Estimate$75000-$85000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$40000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$46000
Year1969
Condition rating0
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