Here Is The General Lee Story – Dukes of Hazzard And How The Car Was Born

The General Lee Story

Here Is The General Lee Story – Dukes of Hazzard And How The Car Was Born

Do you remember this episode of ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ with the birth of the General? If you didn’t have the chance to watch it or you jist forgot it, we are going to refresh your memories. ‘The General’ or ‘The General Lee’ is not a person – it’s a car and it’s orange. That’s the name that the Duke cousins Bo and Luke gave to this ’69 Dodge Charger. When they initially took the car it was black and it was damaged. They had like 3 days to get it fixed. The car became famous with it faded orange colour, there were these hand-painted ’01’ on the doors, black steel rims and no Confederate Naval Flag.

We can’t skip the signature horn of this car as well. The filming process of all ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ television series involved exactly 320 General Lee cars. In the end we have around 17 in various states of repair. The car became so popular with all the police chases, stunts and especially its long jumps. When the guys were filming a jump sand bags were added in the trunk to prevent the General from nosing over – from 500 to 1,000 pounds per jump.

If you take a closer look at the numbers, you will find out that on average more than one General Lee was used per show. The filming crew had converted only Dodge Charger cars from model-years 1968 and 1969. In the 2005 movie it was used a 1970 Charger for the first time. Now, let’s see what is hiding under the hood. There were a lot of modifications used and engines varied. 318, 383, 440 and one 511-cubic-inch engines were installed. In the TV show there is one modification that was never used – the 426 Hemi engine.

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Again in 2005 The Dukes of Hazzard features a Charger with a Chrysler 426 Hemi engine under the hood. Most of the cars were powered by a 383-cubic-inch engine. The ‘Ski car’ or the car that was used when riding on the left side or right side wheels got the 318 version as it is lighter. The General Lee doesn’t have opening doors, as the cousins welded them. The explanation is simple – racing cars have their doors welded shut, so that’s a good reason to do the same here.

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