For Sale on AutoTrader: An Original General Lee
If you watch the intro sequence to the original Dukes of Hazzard TV show, you'll see that Tom Wopat and John Schneider are the top billed actors. But, anyone who has seen even a single episode will tell you the real star of the show was the orange Dodge Charger known as the General Lee...or possibly Daisy Duke's jean shorts.
For Sale on AutoTrader Classics is one of the famous 1969 Dodge Chargers that was used in the filming of The Dukes of Hazzard.
It's hard to measure the impact the General Lee had on pop culture. The car is an icon; it even has its own theme song performed by Johnny Cash. For six years, the Duke boys brought hillbilly humor, outlaw lifestyle and wild car chases to American viewers as they out-smarted and out-drove the law in their famous Dodge Charger.
Hundreds of Chargers were used to make the show, and because of the massive jumps and demanding stunts the cars were subjected to, the turnover rate for the orange muscle cars was pretty high.
This particular car is said to be one of the last four ever used on the show before it ended in 1985.
The car used to be owned by NBA player Jalen Rose. Rose became a major name in the sport playing for the University of Michigan, where he was part of the Wolverines' 'Fab Five,' considered to be one of the best teams in NCAA history.
Rose played for six teams in the NBA and has acquired over 13,000 points in his career. Now, he's a commentator for ESPN.
Rose bought the General Lee in 1999, and recently put it up for sale in a charity auction benefiting the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a charter school in Detroit that aims to help kids prepare for college.
The car had a starting price of $45,000 and when bidding ended, the eBay auction topped out at $100,000. The car is now listed on AutoTrader Classics at one dollar less than the winning eBay bid and again the proceeds are set to go to Rose's JRLA charity.
Rose customized the car a little while he owned it. The Confederate flag was removed from the roof for obvious reasons, the 01 number on the side had been replaced by Rose's 05 jersey number and the 'General Lee' script above the windows was replaced with Rose's nickname 'Longboy'. Today, the General has been restored to its former self.
The inside of the trunk lid has been also signed by Jalen Rose and John Schneider, who played Bo Duke in the show.
With its historical significance and high price tag, the car is almost sure to be destined for a large car collection or possibly a museum, or you could pick it up for yourself and go get into some trouble of your own. We know what we'd do.