‘Dukes of Hazzard’ General Lee Goes Up to Auction, Own a Piece of TV History

by Shelby Scott

Luke and Bo Duke are famous for getting in out of trouble with the beloved General Lee throughout TV history. Now, “Dukes of Hazzard” fans can own one of many Dodge Chargers famed as the General Lee throughout the hit series.

The licensed Warner Bros. vehicle recently went up for auction to promote the “Dukes of Hazzard” television series. Series fans should know that this particular version of the General Lee boasts signatures from the television several series stars. They include John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach, James Best, and Ben Jones, among other famous cast members. The charger up at auction comes from a collection of 12 vehicles licensed by the studio between 1980 to 1985. According to John Kruse, Principal and Auctioneer for Worldwide Auctions, “The car has spent most of the last twenty years in a museum-like setting, used only occasionally for special events.”

This General Lee didn’t actually feature in any of the “Dukes of Hazzard” television runs. Although, that’s most likely a good thing for whoever comes to own the vehicle. The hit show interred incredible roughness on the hundreds of ’69 Dodge Chargers it used in creating the “Dukes of Hazzard” series. It’s said that as many as 300 General Lees were demolished in the making of the hit show. To put it in perspective, there are only 147 episodes, therefore equating to about 2 Dodge Chargers totaled per episode.

‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ General Lee May Suffer a Decreased Value at Auction

The General Lee stands as a beloved icon of the nationally renowned “Dukes of Hazzard” television series. The car later debuted in an early 2000s spin-off, “The Dukes of Hazzard” movie. The spin-off film featured Johnny Knoxville, Jessica Simpson, and Burt Reynolds.

In reference, however, to the vehicles themselves, Kruse said the General Lee “is one of the most instantly recognizable celebrity vehicles, seen by millions across the nation.”

The General Lee’s prevalence in the television series represents a trademark era of rural American values.

Nevertheless, the vehicle’s Confederate-era name and the flag displayed prominently across the roof are more recently included in modern humanistic debates. The news outlet said the car has unavoidable links to one of the darkest time periods in American history. There’s been a recent debate over the use of the Confederate flag in pop culture.

Therefore, it is questionable whether or not its historic link will affect the overall value of the car. Nevertheless rolls into auction Saturday, September 4th. Profits from the vehicle’s sale go toward the J Kruse Educational Center and Career Coaching Academy. CARSCOOPS shared the nonprofit aspires to assist individuals in finding professional passions and setting them on a path toward their careers.