After all these years, it looks like the General Lee finally came up a little short.
The first car ever used in “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV series, which can be seen jumping over a police car during the opening credits of the long-running show, pulled a disappointing high bid of just $110,000 over the weekend at the Barrett-Jackson auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“Lee 1” spent most of its life in a junkyard after being wrecked filming its famous flight through the Georgia sky. It still had a trunk full of cement ballast when it was purchased by the president of the North American General Lee fan club for less than $1,000 about a decade ago. Since then it has been fully restored to the original, imperfect condition the 1969 Dodge Charger was in when it was brought to Oxford College on Veteran’s Day in 1978 to film the iconic scene. Over 300 more General Lees would follow it during the seven-year run of the program.
Cars are offered at Barrett-Jackson with no reserve and no official pre-sale estimate, but a replica of the General Lee that was built for John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the show, sold at the auction in 2008 for $450,000, setting a high bar for the original.
This time around, it couldn’t clear it.