One of the most iconic muscle cars of all-time has to be the “General Lee” from the TV show the “Dukes of Hazzard”. The 1969 Dodge Charger was the centerpiece of the comedy action TV show from 1979 to 1985. Dozens of the late-1960s era B-Body Dodges were used during the filming of the show and most of which were destroyed due to the stunt team using them for jump sequences.
While there are a lot of replicas of General Lee in the hands of private collectors, there were only 17 out of 320 of the original cars from the television show that survived after production ended. Shawn Davis from Autotopia LA, got a chance to get up close to one of the cars in particular recently. What makes this certain one so special is the fact it is the only surviving General Lee Charger R/T with a big-block 440 cubic-inch V8.
Shawn talks to his friend Bob Hartwig from Movie Machines, who owned the car for over 28 years and restored the car back in 2005 to its original specifications when it came off the Warner Bros. lot and Chris from ChromeCars.de who recently purchased the car, about the history of the General Lee television cars. So if you are a diehard B-Body Charger fan or a Dukes of Hazzard fan, then hearing the history of the car(s) is very interesting.
But not only do they get to just talk about some of the cool history of the legendary Mopar muscle car, but Shawn also gets to take the car for a spin. The Charger R/T has no problem providing big smiles from not only its “Dixie Horn” but from smoking the rear tires. In a time where the General Lee has been under fire in today’s politically correct world, there is still no doubt that the car is still a huge piece of Mopar history.