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Dukes of Hazzard car up for auction

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The famous Dodge Charger car better known as ‘The General Lee’ from the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard is up for auction.

The Dukes of Hazzard was a well known TV series in America from 1979 until 1985; the series was based around The Duke Boys getting caught up in the middle of various storylines that was centred around their town.

The car was driven by the main characters cousins Bo and Luke with each episode showing the classic car being driven and stunts performed.

It is the last original General Lee to be around out of the 256 identical cars that were made and used for 141 episodes.

Originally it was a metallic green 383 cubic inch two – barrel carbureted car with automatic transmission but then was spotted by Warner Brothers where its transformation began.

A crew were contracted to build cars for the TV series which saw the car being changed to orange, a flag added to the roof and numbers added to the doors.

Engine work needed to be done and technical changes needed to be organised to ensure the car could do the stunts; The General Lee was then introduced to the world.

The trademark orange car comes complete with the original dents and damage from the stunts that were performed throughout the series.

A stuntman who drove the car throughout the TV series decided to buy it after the show had finished filming, the car was then was kept in his field for a number of years.

In 2000 it was finally sold to a new owner who did some restoration work to the car but decided to leave the famous bumps and dents which added to its character.

The General Lee is one of the most recognised cars in television with it performing its famous jumps for viewers to watch in each episode.

The Dukes of Hazzard inspired many spin off programmes with a film being made in 2005 of the same outline as the TV series.  

The 1969 car is to go on sale in California at the ‘Icons of Hollywood’ auction which is estimated to sell for £40,000 - £60,000.

The ‘Icons of Hollywood’ auction is to take place on Thursday 15th December and Friday 16th December 2011, along with The General Lee other iconic items will be available from famous TV shows and Films.

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By Amanda Bainbridge