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SCREEN-USED “GENERAL LEE” CAR FROM THE ORIGINAL HIT TELEVISION SHOW “THE DUKES OF HAZZARD” TO BE OFFERED BY PROFILES IN HISTORY AS PART OF THEIR 3-DAY, MULTIMILLION DOLLAR AUCTION, SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1, 2015
An ultra-rare opportunity to own one of the most recognizable cars in television history—and a star of the show in its own right
Calabasas, CA—September 10, 2015—An original, screen-used Dodge Charger, used as a “General Lee” car, replete with Confederate Flag emblem on the roof and “01” number on the doors, will be offered by Profiles in History, the world’s largest auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia, as part of their highly anticipated Hollywood Auction 74, September 29 through October 1, 2015.
Although there were over 300 General Lee cars used during the series, only a few survived the production, as most were destroyed during filming of the show’s obligatory stunt scenes. This is one of just three cars of its kind thought to have survived. The car, one of the most recognizable in television history, has a clear title, and is accompanied with a letter of authenticity from Warner Bros. stating that it was used as a “General Lee” picture vehicle during the filming of the series. The car remains in good running condition and is completely street legal and drivable.
Also included with the car is a very rare original production Hazzard County license plate for the General Lee with license number “CNH 320” (not original to this car, but used on another General Lee on the series).
While other so called “General Lee” cars have been offered for sale through various means—many with questionable lineage and provenance—this authentic vehicle from the original hit television show is an ultra-rare commodity.
“The ‘General Lee’ was the real star of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ and remains one of the most iconic cars in television/pop culture history. This example, with direct studio documentation, is worthy of inclusion in the finest collections.”
Joe Maddalena, President/CEO, Profiles in History
Qualified bidders can participate in person, by telephone, fax, submit absentee bids or participate online in real time from anywhere with Internet access across the globe. For more information, please visit www.profilesinhistory.com.
Lot 1074. “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard. (CBS-TV, 1979-85) From the classic TV series that spawned any number of modern day good ol’ boys – as well as a fashion tsunami of Daisy Duke cut-off blue jean shorts – is this original screen-used Dodge Charger, used as a “General Lee” car replete with Confederate Flag emblem on the roof and “01” number on the doors. Although there were over 300 General Lee cars used during the series, only a few survived the production, as most were destroyed during filming of the show’s obligatory stunt scenes, in which it seemed that every week Bo and Luke Duke would launch their car off of an impossible jump. So many cars were destroyed, in fact, that the production crew had difficulty finding similar Dodge Chargers, scouring the country for vehicles that they would quickly convert to new “General Lees” for the stunt scenes. (Similarly, over 450 police cars were wrecked during the series run, thanks of course to the crime-fighting ineptitude of Enos, Sherriff Roscoe P. Coltrane and Boss Hogg!) This car has all the hallmarks of a studio “hero” car: the inside door panel hardware (door lock and handles) were removed by the production crew to enable the actors to easily slide in and out of the car through the door windows, and a custom front center seat was installed so that an additional actor could ride in the front – most often this was Katharine Bach, who played “Daisy”. The car was originally blue, and the interior of the trunk and engine compartment still retains this color scheme, as this car was most certainly acquired by the crew in some of the later seasons and painted in the “General Lee” paint scheme. The wheels are original, and the interior has been re-upholstered. Some exterior paint touch-ups have been done in the years since the production ended, and the decals on either side of the Confederate flag have been refreshed. Though the turn signals are not currently working, the car remains in good running condition and is completely street legal and drivable. The car has a clear title, and is accompanied with a letter of authenticity from Warner Bros. stating that this car was used as a “General Lee” picture vehicle during the filming of the series. Also included with the car is an original production Hazzard County license plate for the General Lee with license number “CNH 320” (not original to this car, but used on another General Lee on the series). These license plates are extremely rare, as most were removed and subsequently lost after the production wrapped; only three are believed to have survived. A rare opportunity to own an original, screen-used General Lee – one of the most recognizable cars in television history.
$100,000 – $150,000
Day 1: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:00am Pacific Time—Lots 1-631:
Day 2: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:00am Pacific Time—Lots 632-1264
Day 3: Thursday, October 1, 2015 11:00am Pacific Time—Lots 1265-1905
Location: Profiles in History Offices
26662 Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; Phone: 310-859-7701
For updates and details on the auction: www.profilesinhistory.com
About Profiles In History
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. www.profilesinhistory.com.