This 1969 Dodge Charger Will Never Jump Again


Publish date: 2015-12-21 11:46:50
1969 Dodge Charger

 

Specifications:

Name: 1969 Dodge Charger

Year(s) Produced: 1968-1970

Number Built: 89,199

Class: Sports car

Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe

Engine: Chrysler Hemi 426

Power: 425hp @ 5000 RPM

0-60mph: 5.4 seconds

Top Speed: 143 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 208 in/76.7 in/53 in

Wheelbase: 117 in.

Base Price: US$4,240

Current Value: US$48,500 (Hagerty)

When fans of the 1970s TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard” heard that one of the three surviving 1969 Dodge Charger has been auctioned last October, they released a sigh of relief. After seven seasons and more than 150 jumps with almost 300 identical chargers wherein these cars rarely survived, one “General Lee” has finally found a home. According to auction house Profiles in History (who managed the auction of this Charger) said that more than 300 of the General Lee cars were used for the series, and most were destroyed in the chase and crash scenes. The show’s crew during that time has to literally search the country to look for this particular Charger only to have them destroyed in the show’s filming.

Only three of these chargers were known to have survived the ordeal. According to the auction house’s website, “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”.

The General Lee was auctioned for more than $100,000 and will definitely no longer be allowed to jump over cliffs and bridges. However, you may still be able to relive the glory days of the General through this video. Just don’t mind the background towards the end.

 

 

Reference:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/09/18/dukes-of-hazzard-general-lee-confederate-flag/72400082/
Photo Credits:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/30999/what-happened-all-those-chargers-destroyed-dukes-hazzard

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