Dodge Charger General Lee 1969

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According to Ben Jones (“Cooter” in the show), as well as builders involved with the show, 309 General Lees were used to film the series. Approximately twenty-three still exist in various states of repair. Among survivors is the very first General Lee, known as Lee1. This car is seen in the debut episode and jumping a police cruiser at the end of the opening credits of every episode with John Schneider and Tom Wopat. On average, more than one General Lee was used up per show. When filming a jump, anywhere from 500 to 1,000 pounds of lead or concrete ballast was placed in the trunk to prevent the car from nosing over. Later in the series the mechanics would raise the front end of the car to keep it from scraping against the ramp causing it to lose speed, doing this also provided a cushion for the driver upon landing. Stunt drivers report enjoying the flights but hating the landings. Despite the ballast, the landing attitude of the car was somewhat unpredictable, resulting in moderate to extremely violent forces, depending on how it landed. (On a DVD player, using slower settings will reveal that on many of the jumps the cars literally bent upon impact.) All cars used in large jumps were immediately retired due to structural damage. From 1979 to 1985, Chargers of 1968 and 1969 vintage were sourced and converted to General Lee specifications. Despite popular belief, and according to all builders involved over the years, as well as the VIN list supplied to Wayne Wooten of all Chargers used on the show, no 1970 models were ever used.[citation needed] Obtaining cars was not an issue until later years. By that time, the car was the star of the show and Warner Bros. moved building of the cars in-house to keep the cars consistent in appearance. Late in the show’s run, when it got too hard and/or expensive to continue procuring more Chargers, the producers started using jump footage from previous episodes (something that had been done occasionally previously, but not to such an extent).1969-dodge-charger-general-lee-jump-police-cars-copy.jpg

Episodes 1-5 were filmed in Georgia November and December of 1978. Georgia episode cars consisted of 6 Dodge Chargers. The first General Lees were built by Warner Bros and shipped to Georgia where John Marendi (picture car coordinator) labeled the first 3 cars LEE 1, LEE 2, and LEE 3 in no particular order for film editing purposes. Lee1[1], was a 2nd unit car with a full roll-cage. Originally a 383 V8-powered 1969 Charger equipped with air conditioning(A/C), gold body with tan interior, 3 speaker dash, and chrome rocker trim. The car is the only General Lee to have appeared in every episode. After the car had run its course, it was retired to a junkyard in Georgia, but later bought and restored. “LEE 2″ was also a 2nd unit car with a full roll-cage and black interior. “LEE 3″ was the closeup car. This car is the one seen in early promos with the doors open and no numbers on the doors. This car was a Charger R/T SE. It was powered by a 440 Magnum V8 and also had A/C with power windows. This car also had a tan interior and a removable roll bar that allowed installation of a camera for in-car shots. After the first 3 General Lees started to get badly damaged the crew had to start making more. The first General Lee built in Georgia was a 1968 Charger originally red in color and was converted to look like a 1969. The tail light panel, front grill, and front seats were taken from the wreckage of “LEE 1″ (after the famous jump over Rosco P. Coltrane at the end of the opening credits). The paint on these cars was 1975 Corvette Flame Red. Interiors not originally tan were sprayed with SEM brand “Saddle tan” vinyl dye. All of the 6 Georgia Lees had a set of crossed flags (a Confederate flag and checkered flag) on the panel between the rear window and trunk lid. The 3 surviving cars went back to California and had the crossed flags removed upon reconditioning. The wheels were 14×7 inch American Racing brand “Vectors” throughout the show and were mounted on P235/70R14 B.F. Goodrich Radial T/A tires with the blackwall side facing out.

Andre and Renaud Valuzet built General Lees for Warner Bros. from the start of the 2nd season into the 4th season. Viewers can also see two Georgia cars used often up into the early second season. Lee3 and a specially caged car never appearing (but built) in Georgia were used heavily in early California episodes. The Valuzets were very inconsistent in how they built cars, so this is when the most variations are found. Color tends to be 1975 Corvette Flame Red, just like Georgia cars, but there does appear to be some variance here: interiors were rather consistently dyed a brown color and sometimes SEM Saddle Tan. It has been said the Valuzet’s charged Warner Bros. $250 a week per car for rental and a lump sum of $2000-3000 upon destruction of the vehicles. This included police cars as well. Warner Bros. mechanics had to maintain the cars at company expense.

* Trivia: The money generated by building General Lees financed the Valuzet family project of restoring Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch. This ranch is where many classic Westerns were shot as well as Gunsmoke. It burned down in the 1960s. Today, it is a fully-functional movie ranch where shows like HBO’s Deadwood are filmed.

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By 1983, Warner Bros. turned total control of building General Lees to a man named Ken Fritz because the Valuzets were caught selling back wrecked cars that had been somewhat fixed-up and tagged with forged VINs. Fritz didn’t have the job long before he too was fired and at this point Warner Bros. moved full production in-house. The General Lee was now the highlight of the series. Warner Bros. was receiving an enormous amount of fan mail that nit-picked the inconsistencies of the cars. Because the General Lee was now so famous, WB had their staff mechanics build the cars to a strict appearance, even on the underside. All graphics had to meet specifications, all side markers and undercarriage chrome was to be removed, and all roll bars and push bars had to match. However, some changes were made before the specifications were laid-out: the push bar became wider, the interior became a light beige color, and the roll bars were covered in a black foam padding. During this period, the only true way for fans to distinguish the 1968 conversions from the 1969 originals is by the shape of the dashpad. As the WB era rolled on, finding the cars became an issue: Piper Cubs were hired to search out 1968 and 1969 Chargers amongst the populace; the jumped cars were now no longer scrapped after one jump if deemed salvageable, and were patched up and used until they could no longer function; and, as part of a last resort, miniature models were also brought in toward the end of the series, replacing most of the big stunts, thereby saving more cars. Taking full control also saved some money as now WB had the ability to buy cars, recondition them, and use them without paying daily rental fees. Considering that there were often a dozen General Lees on the premises, this was far more economical than renting.

At the beginning of the movie, the General was a faded orange with a hand-painted “01″ on the doors, black steel wheels, standard front bumper, and no Confederate flag. Midway through the film, Cooter repairs the General after it’s vandalized by Boss Hogg’s hirelings. He repaints it a bright orange and adds the well-known trademarks (American Racing “Vector” 10-spoke “turbine” wheels, octagonal “01″, black grille guard, Confederate flag on the roof, “Dixie” horn, and “General Lee” above the door window openings). In an era of Political Correctness, the Confederate flag on the roof is made an object of conflict in the movie plot on two occasions when drivers passing by make remarks alternating between cheering the south and condemning racist rednecks, and when local African American youth are about to give them a physical opinion of their roof graphics and driving in blackface. The movie General not only flies and makes controlled landings, but in the age of The Fast and the Furious, also drifts with the aid of professional drifter Rhys Millen. During jump scenes, some stunt cars were jumped under their own power by stunt drivers; others had their engines and transmissions removed. The engineless Chargers were then launched without drivers by a gas-driven catapult similar in principle to those used on aircraft carriers. Approximately twenty-four 1968 to 1970 Chargers were used in the film.

Unlike the TV show era Lees, the movie cars used aftermarket graphic kits. Originally, die-hard fans shunned these decal kits for their inaccuracy. The movie gave them new credibility and are no longer considered to be an inaccurate choice. Otherwise, except for the white letters on the Goodrich Radial T/A tires, the exterior of the movie’s “close-up” General Lees varied little from the TV show style cars. The body paint was Big Bad Orange rather than Corvette Flame Red, the interior ceiling was blacked out rather than the tan headliner, a different style roll bar was used; a 3-spoke Grant wood steering wheel replaced the standard wheel, an AM/FM stereo radio with Compact Disc player was installed in the dashboard; and the interiors were a custom color vinyl fabric made to look like the dye/paint used in the later eras of the TV show. One still can differentiate the ’68 Chargers by looking at the dash pad, but now 1970 Chargers were thrown in the mix. Overall the cars resembled an average General Lee clone car from the late 90′s to early 2000s, but the heart of The General Lee is still obvious.

Eleven of the cars used for the movie had been purchased from the Luedtke Auto Group. Many of the cars needed extensive restoration and most had been cut up to allow for inside camera views.

Two of the General Lees (one a 1969 R/T SE and one a 1970 made to look like a ’69) were temporarily sold to Warner Brothers by Everett “J.R.” Barton of Wichita, Kansas. The 1970 Charger was used to make the freeway jump, his car jumped the longest and is in fact the one that appears on screen during the movie and in the “outtakes”. It is not the one that lands perfect, but veers off toward the guard rail. This Particular General Lee is up and running again it still wears it battle scars and can move decently under its own power, and can be seen at most mopar shows in the Midwest.

Engines in the TV show General Lees were all sorts: 318, 383,and 440 V8s were all used. The special purpose built “Ski Car” (the car that drives on the two-side wheels) had a 318, as it was lighter weight. Most of the workhorse stunt cars had 383s and 440s. The stunt drivers tended to prefer 440s (a higher performance engine) for jumps, which were often saved for the higher and longer jumps. Also, though early sound effects led many people to believe otherwise, only a handful of Chargers had manual transmissions; most had 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmissions.

The General Lee, except in the beginning of the movie, does not have opening doors. In the TV series, it is explained that racing cars have their doors welded shut. In the movie, the car has been repaired after being trashed, but the doors could not be fixed fast enough. The driver and passenger must slide in the window (as in NASCAR). For a running entry, Bo and Luke also slide over the hood rather than walk around the front of the car.

Exhaust systems were basic: some had glasspacks, but most had standard exhausts with the pipe cut just before the rear end. The sounds that can be heard in most of the California-era Lees is a glasspack/cherry bomb sound; the sounds came from the “close-up” Lees. However, the sounds were dubbed in after the scene was filmed.

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THE STORY:

The Sixties was a Decade of Change. The First President born in the 20th Century, John F. Kennedy, called American’s to action as soon as he made his Inaugural Speech, January 1961. Young people were asked to join The Peace Corp. Others joined the Armed Services and went to War. Black American’s continued their struggle for Civil Rights while the term “Generation Gap” was used to describe the differences in political views between Young and Old American’s. Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first minute of their rematch while Vince Lombardi led the Packers to victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. Berry Gordy borrowed $800 from his family and started MoTown Records, while London based model “Twiggy” wowed the fashion world with the first seen short (mini ) skirts. Alan Shephard would be the First American in the Space Race and American Car Manufacturers would compete in their own race for horsepower with bigger and better motors offered in many models.

For my money, I would bet the Most Popular Car Of All Time would be the 1967 Shelby GT-500 in “Gone In 60 Sec’s” or the 1977 TransAm Pontiac driven by Burt Reynold’s in “Smokey And The Bandit” , or even the 390 powered 1968 Mustang Fastback driven by Steve McQueen in “Bullit”… But, it turns out a National Survey, by Haggerty Insurance and CNN, shows that John Schneider and Tom Wopat’s 1969 Dodge Charger “General Lee” beat out the competition – hands down. It is the most Popular (Star) Car Ever ! *

Now everyone knows America is the First Nation to find Heaven on the Highways and this story is no exception, as it found this mechanical star racing the back roads of this rural adventure in Hazzard County, Georgia. The series was dubbed ” The Dukes of Hazzard” and it ran, according to E! Entertainment to CBS’s “loathe and dismay”, from 1979 to 1985. In fact, it was originally panned so badly when introduced that even Cecil Smith of the Los Angeles Times said, ” After seeing this (show), the South may secede again !”. It replaced “The Incredible Hulk” on CBS Friday, Jan.26,1979, and it was powered by three handsome players, a bumbling Sheriff (JAMES BEST), a kindly Deputy ( SONNY SHROYER: AKA: ‘ENOS’), who previously appeared as a motorcycle Highway Patrolman in “Smokey & The Bandit”). But, one of the chief reasons for it’s popularity was the feature player….. A Big Block Powerplant from the Golden Age of American Muscle Cars…… a 1969 Dodge Charger. Despite the banter from Warner Bros. (see below): some 1970 Charger’s were modified but, the base car indeed used was a 1969 Dodge Charger with a 383 cubic inch motor. Several cars with the 318 and 440 block (especially for high jumps) were utilized but, all had one thing in common, they were painted “Hemi Orange” ( not Hugger Orange as reported on at least 2 websites and one mis-informed book). All had a Confederate Flag on the roof and Racing Numbers on the door. Legend has it: “0″ (Zero) was used “because they started out with nothin”; and “1″ (One) because: “they were going all the way”. Some carried a special horn, which played the 12 notes of the Southern Classic “Dixie” (the balance had the horn ‘dubbed in’). It also carried a CB Radio as, if you remember, Citizen’s Band radio’s were ‘the big rage’ in the late Seventies ( actually the precursor to Internet Chat rooms). C.B.’s were a Hot Rod Pop Culture fixture…in fact, even First Lady, Betty Ford had a ‘handle’: “First Mama”. History has it: The original “General Lee” was a black, dented hulk found in a Capitol City junkyard when discovered by the shows stars: ‘Lucas Tray’ and ‘Beauregard Duke’ (Tom Wopat and John Schneider). They rescued it , and then put in a 440 engine with the help of scruffy-looking “Cooter”, the local Mechanic. Supposedly, the doors were welded shut for safety (they never were) and that caused the Dynamic Duo to have to jump in the window ( NASCAR STYLE) every time they headed off to an adventure. One story had Tom Wopat receiving a 4″ gash in his arm after his first jump over the hood , catching the radio antenna mount. The original General Lee was to be named “Traveler” in honor of the real General Lee’s horse but, it was changed at the last minute by the Studio. It’s also rumored the original car was intended to be a Firebird but, it received too much ‘airplay’ in “Smokey & The Bandit”. Second choice was a Mustang but, it was “not big enough” so, the Transportation Dept. mandated the final choice…a ’69 Charger. One of the first episodes saw the “General Lee” enter the Hazzard County Road Race Championship sponsored by ‘ Boss Hog’ (Sorrell Booke) and win the purse of $10,000.

Published records now show that this car was chosen because the producers felt ” that Chrysler produced enough Dodge Chargers (69,100) to always provide enough donor cars” for the shoot … but, despite legend ( and fabrication) only 229 were actually used / abused (SEE FOOTNOTE) during the filming over the course of 6 years….not the thousand’s ( or even 10,000) that people want to believe. The second figure may be closer to reality for the Police Cars (600) sacrificed but, not the Chargers. The first 150 were ‘grenaded’ in the 145 episodes. The balance in Reunions and films. By 1985 (the end of filming), 210 were totally destroyed, flipped over, dumped in lakes / streams, crashed into barns, jumped over trains, crushed or burned. The sacrificial Warner Bros.1st and 2nd Unit (abused) cars were all numbered on the glass “GL01″ and up** after 1981. Some feel the highest value is in the ‘abused’ cars that were left…the nineteen (19) real, General Lee’s that survived… including the last one built, which is still owned / shown and driven by the shows star, John Schneider…. but, that matter is still open for discussion. Part of the reason for the popularity of the car is that the 1969 Dodge Charger won 22 of the 54 major stock car NASCAR Races in 1969. The Dodge Charger went on to live in infamy and be a Top Movie Car in many other movies (*see below).

In effect, the original series was nothing more than a live adaptation of a Road Runner Cartoon shot in the backwoods of Lake Sherwood, on the Disney Ranch, in the Northwest section of Los Angeles (before being asked to move to Valencia, CA. “after wiping out too many sprinkler heads”). But, the first 5 episodes were filmed in or around Covington, Georgia (not Kentucky as some websites claim). The first few Dodge Chargers that became “General Lee’s” were purchased from used car lots in Georgia. During one temporary shortage, employee’s of Warner Bros. Studios even took to leaving “Help!” notes on windshields of Charger owners in supermarket parking lots. After that, Warner Bros. hired Renaud Veluzat , who specialized in hiring / renting vehicles to studios. The highest jump recorded was Episode #85 – “The New Dukes” – 9/24/82 ( thanks to Nitrous Oxide) and the longest jump recorded was Episode 129 ( that was done utilizing a ‘tweaked’ 440 engine). The unique “Dixie” horn was heard for the first time (and copied according to legend) by two different stories: One story has it: The show’s producers, Gy Waldron and Paul Picard were out shooting a Georgia highway scene when a car passed going the opposite direction and’ tooted’ the horn. They made a “Bootlegger Turn”( which requires a rigged handbrake, over inflated tires and a competent driver) and chased the car for 3 miles before finally catching it. They paid the owner $300 for the horn, only to find it, two months later, at a local Auto Parts Store for $70. The ‘other story’ has it …that it was ‘borrowed’ from another one of Burt Reynold’s films “W.W. and The Dance Kings”. Episode 129 (“Happy Birthday General Lee” – 9/21/84) featured the origin of this great film star and, now, American Legend. Episode #3 is the only time the General Lee did not make an appearance on screen.

The most humorous part of this series was not just the great interplay between Roscoe P. Coltrane (James Best) and Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) but, the fact of how many story lines and outrageous ‘action sequences’ came to supposedly pass exclusively through Hazzard County. Let’s be serious !! Counterfeiter’s, illegal slot machines, stolen mob money, bank robber’s and even a Presidential Limousine all, somehow mysteriously pass through little old, Hazzard County. Yet, this burg only had six small buildings, a bar ( The Boar’s Nest), a crummy little house and barn (Duke Farm) , 2 goats and a couple of chicken coops. Maybe the criminal element was attracted by the inept Police Dept. and the characters “Roscoe”, “Enos” and “Cletus”….or just maybe, it was that bombshell…..Daisy?

The biggest attraction, at least for me, was not only the Dodge Charger but, the beautiful “Daisy Duke” ( It sure wasn’t “Cooter”, the cars mechanic). The character’s were metaphorically named after sexual body part’s: ‘Daisy’, ‘Cooter’ , ‘Enos’, and ‘Cletus’…. but, this well known fact just possibly escaped the censors. 25 years ago viewers were all probably too naive or innocent to sort it all out. All I know is, that the mystery of the relationship between a girl with killer legs, and a gorgeous body “in various states of undress” engaged with these two wild men was the stuff Wet Dreams were made of. After all, if you remember, in the very first Episode (“One Armed Bandits”), Bo Duke approached Daisy (from behind) at the Boar’s Nest Barbecue & Saloon , and whispered, ” If we weren’t Cousins’, I’d marry you”. Daisy eagerly replied, “That never stopped anybody in this family before”. It’s hard to deny, but in her prime, “Daisy” was ‘a major looker’. One things undeniable, Catherine Bach made Short Shorts ( or “Daisy Shorts”) a ‘household word’ in the Late Seventies and well into the Early Eighties. She was ‘supposed’ to create an outfit with a matching mini-skirt to the tablecloths from the Boar’s Nest but, instead designed her own outfit after visiting several Georgia Roadhouse Grilles. Today, almost 26 years later, Ol’ Daisy is still a ‘hottie’ as she makes personal appearances for events like “The Annual Dukefest” in Tennessee. Back then, she was every man’s ‘ dream girl ‘ : a Deputy in one series, a Champion For Women’s Rights in another , the perfect Bride, and even a NASCAR Driver in another. After all, like ‘Uncle Jesse’(now deceased) said in the Premiere Episode…”the 200 year (Duke) Family Tree ended with Daisy”.

Waylon Jennings, also deceased ( with diabetes complications), was the show’s Narrator and Song Singer / Composer ( Theme Song: “Good Ol’ Boys” ) so, if you ever met him ( I promoted two of his concerts and have two sets of Backstage Passes) it was clear by his lyrics the Duke’s roots were not exactly sophisticated. He sang:

“Just Good Ol’ Boy’s, Never Meanin’ No Harm, Beats all you ever Saw, Been in trouble with the Law, since the day they was Born, Straightenin’ the Curves, Flatenin’ the Hills, Someday the Mountain may get ‘em, but, the Law never will. Makin’ their way, the only way they know how, but that’s a little bit more than the Law will allow. Just Good Ol’ Boys, wouldn’t change if they could, Fightin’ the System, like two Modern Robin Hood’s.”

Despite their distillery business, the Dukes acquired ‘good fellow’ billing in nearly every series. Remember, ‘breaking or beating the law’ was a reoccurring theme in all “Good Ole Boys” Movies. Boss Hogg ( who wore padding to achieve his 52″ waist) would invariably add someone else’s Rag’s to his Riches, Bo and Luke would get thrown in jail trying to help, Uncle Jesse would bail them out ,The Sheriff (James Best ) would get called “dipstick” (kew-kew-kew), Bo, Luke, and Daisy would chase down the bad guys in the General Lee and / or Daisy’s Roadrunner ( also destroyed Episode #27, “The Runaway”) or Jeep, Crash a dozen Cop Cars, Foil the plot and give the profits to the local orphanage. That sums up 145 episodes: The story was weak..but, the cars, the girls, and the action were all hot !!

If you remember, Southern Fried Television was the Hot Lick in the Late Sixties and into the Mid-Seventies. Even Country Music Radio Stations flourished, all across the United States, with Country Rock groups like “Alabama”, “Hank Jr.” and “Tanya Tucker”. Country Music was never more popular. Before the Dukes, you had Barney Fife and Gomer Pyle on “Andy Griffith Show”, Jethro of the “Beverly Hillbillies”, “Green Acres”, “Dallas” and “HeeHaw” so, the Sheriff, Boss Hogg and the Dukes were left with the responsibility for refining the role of homespun humor and Country programming…they just took it up a notch in quality…. kind ‘a like :”Three’s Company”… with Cars. Primary influence when the series was created was said to have been not only the rebellious Biker Movies of the 50′s but, Robert Mitchum’s movie “Thunder Road”, Burt Reynold’s 1977 film ” Smokey and The Bandit” (worthy of copying since it earned $250mil Worldwide) , “In The Heat of The Night” and “White Lightening”…all of them set the tone for this hit series.

The ending may not be as predictable as you thought though…as it is rumored (according to TVGuide.com and Hollywood Reporter), that Warner Bros. has already cast a new movie for release in 2005. It is indeed funded by Warner Bros. Film release and directed by Jay Chadrasekhar (‘Super Trooper’). It stars Jessica Simpson ( Rock Vocalist & MTV’s “The Newlyweds”) as “Daisy”, while first rumor was that Ashton Kutcher ( “That 70′s Show”) and Paul Walker (“Fast & Furious”) were cast as ‘Bo’ and ‘Luke’…. with, Anna Nicole Smith as ‘Boss Hogg’ (really) but, as you must have read by now, she may be stoned but, she dropped a ton of weight. The latest news is (Rueters/Hollywood Reporter) that Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville will instead be cast as ‘Bo’ and ‘Luke’ (respectively). A recent issue of People Magazine states Burt Reynolds will be cast as ‘Boss Hogg’ ( pg.77.Sept.20.’04 issue) while AOL News announced (Oct 16) Willy Nelson was cast as ‘Uncle Jessie’. Shooting rapped up in Baton Rouge, LA. with the surprisingly news that one of the keynote players, James Best (Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane), was not even asked to be in the movie and he is not only the last surviving ‘oldsters’ from the original series but, clearly was the funniest character! Rocker / Rapper Kid Rock ( Bob Richie) even recently sought out a “General Lee” for his car collection, which only goes to exemplify his Hillbilly, Hooligan, Southern Fried Hell Fire Preacher Roots ( God Love him). Chrysler will re-introduce the new Dodge Charger 4-Door Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show in Summer 2005 (source: Auto Express: June 15, ’04, Issue). That should spike further life into the vintage Dodge Charger Market. So, just when you thought it was over Bubba…it’ aint’ over!

This language actually appeared on postcards mailed out as “Autographed” by The General Lee. Each 3 1/2″ x 5″ postcard contained a photo of the General Lee in mid-jump with a Tire Tread mark printed laterally across the bottom of the card. The back was labeled:

“The General Lee rolled off a Detroit assembly line in 1968 as a 1969 Dodge Charger, Ten Years later, Warner Bros. producers-looking for such a stock car that Bo Duke (John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat) would wheel and fly through every episode of “The Duke’s Of Hazzard” Friday nights on CBS-TV- purchased the car for the new series. Bestowing gender and rank, they named him the General Lee, changed his color to a brilliant orange, put a confederate flag on his roof and painted a distinctive “01″ on the side of both his doors. Equipped with a horn that toots the first twelve notes of “Dixie”, the General Lee is powered by a 440 cubic inch Chrysler engine with an automatic transmission, chromed headers and valve cover with a 4-barrel carburetor and an aluminum intake manifold to boost acceleration. The frame is weighted at four strategic points and has been fitted with gas-type shock absorbers to keep the car level during impact landings and 180-degree turns. The General Lee sports 30″ Glass pak mufflers and Shelby rims that hold new radial tires with special inner tubes inserted. Since finding the General , Warner Bros.’ band of mechanics have completely rebuilt him from the ground-up. Because he has become such a visible car on primetime television, with viewers writing in regularly for his picture, the General is probably the most famous automobile in America. All the actors and crew who work on “Dukes” at Warner Bros. fell affectionate toward ‘him’, as if he were a living being”. Hallmarked “Warner Bros. Television”. The front of the postcard was labeled: “A genuine autographed (Tire Track) photo of the “Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee”

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Scribbled on December 27th 2007 in Dodge, Dodge Charger
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