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The Original General Lee to Jump the Auction Block

The Original General Lee

Barrett-Jackson

If Roscoe P. Coltrane is still trying to get those Duke boys, he may want to head to Arizona.

The original “General Lee” from “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV series is set to cross the block at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, which starts on Jan 17th.

Known as “Lee 1,” this is the car seen flying through the air during the opening credits of the show, and was used during the filming of the first episode before being wrecked as it landed the famous jump. It was the first of more than 300 cars used during the seven-year run of the program. Only a couple of dozen are still known to exist.

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The orange 1969 Dodge Charger was discovered sitting in a Georgia junk yard about a decade ago by the founder of The North American General Lee Fan Club, Travis Bell, who paid less than a grand for it, according to a report from Inside Line.

It then passed through several owners before one of them brought it back to Bell and asked him to do a complete restoration, which was completed in 2007.

A combination of original and reproduced parts, “Lee 1” is now in better condition than when Warner Brothers bought it used in 1978. The supposed converted stock car racer still featuring a roll cage, welded-shut doors, “01” numbering and Confederate battle flag on the roof.

Filmed on the campus of Oxford College in Georgia on Veterans Day, 1978, the 82-foot long jump sent “Lee 1” 16 feet into the air as it cleared a Hazzard County police car during yet another escape for the Bo and Luke.

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Barrett-Jackson doesn’t release pre-sale estimates for its lots, but a replica of the General Lee that was owned by John “Bo Duke” Schneider and featured in a Dukes of Hazzard reunion movie, sold in 2008 for $495,000. Experts say the original could fetch well over $1 million.

Too bad Sherriff Coltrane lost his pension on the show. Maybe he can just have the car confiscated.

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