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.