Is it really them?
Between chases, jumps and various stunts in the imaginary Georgia county countryside, it is estimated that 309 cars had been used and destroyed during the shooting, on average a couple per episode. Only 17 Chargers are still in existence, because you save for quieter scenes. They reached crazy prices: in 2012, golfer Bubba Watson bought the very first General Lee found in a wrecker for $ 110,000. This explains why for decades, enthusiasts have searched in vain for stunt cars. Are the ones piled up in Georgia really them, or imitations placed on purpose? According to Rotting Classics, at least one of the General Lee revived is an authentic Charger R / T (Road / Track) from 1969 identical to those used in filming. Note that, by dint of devastating landings in landings, the MY 1969 available at the time also began to run low. So in the first five series it was thought to disguise the previous series Chargers and even some AMC Ambassadors. And this despite the destroyed General Lee being transported and repaired in record time in a body shop close to the filming locations, a bit like the fake Porsche 917
and Ferrari of the “24 Hours of Le Mans” with Steve McQueen
. Starting from the sixth series, the 1: 8 scale models were even filmed for the jumps.
Damn Duke! Authentic or not, the conditions of the “General Lee” found to rot in the open are a heartbreaking sight. They vary from the rusty body to the semi-complete specimen, all equipped with protective cages, internal parts reduced to bone and welded doors, that is, the modifications adopted for the “Hazzard” Chargers. They are accompanied by some white AMC Matador, Dodge Monaco and Plimouth Fury of the Hazzard police, equally destroyed after the “Duke treatment”. The producers had bought them at the LAPD car park auction in Los Angeles and the California Highway Patrol.