One of the most covered incarnations of the Mopar icon represented by the classic Dodge Charger is the 1969 model. And quite a bit of its fame is owed to an orange example with welded doors and a habit for air time. We’re talking about both jumping and screen presence since this is the infamous ’69 Charger “General Lee” from the Dukes of Hazzard TV series. And the impact of the five-decade-old show can still be seen today, with this autographed General Lee tribute Charger being an example as good as any.
The Dukes of Hazzard originally aired between 1979 and 1985. This details the shenanigans of cousins Bo Duke (played by John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat), as well as their female cousin Daisy (Catherine Bach) and their Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle). Using their tricked-out General Lee Dodge Charger, the boys try to outrun corrupt authorities while getting into trouble, with one of their favorite moves being the said jumps.
While nobody said anything about the take-offs, it is estimated that the landings led to the destruction of over 300 Chargers, with bent frames being a natural occurrence during filming.
This is a General Lee Charger tribute signed by Bo Duke
The slab of America that brought us here might be tribute rather than an original movie car—only 18 units are believed to have remained once the CBS cameras stopped rolling—but the Dodge has plenty of elements linking it to the Dukes of Hazzard and then some.
For starters, the glove box cover bears the signature of John Schneider. His message (“Keep it between the ditches”) will probably sound familiar to fans of the series.
While delivering precious advice for the future owner of the 1969 Dodge Charger, which is currently up for grabs on Collecting Cars, the actor mentions a piece of the show’s soundtrack. You can find the track—Keep Between Them Ditches, by Doug Kershaw & The Hazzard County Boys—in the YouTube video at the bottom of the page. Note that the actual song kicks off around the 1:00 mark, while Schneider’s character is second from the right on the movie poster.
Other pieces of lore-related hardware include a Cobra NightWatch sound tracker, a rear-view mirror-mounted radio transmitter, and a siren.
This Dodge is far away from home, but reportedly in tip-top shape
The Charger’s VIN, accompanied by various documents, proves this is a 1969 model built at the Hamtramck plant in Michigan. However, the vehicle is no longer in the U.S., currently being located in the Netherlands.
The car has been recently restored, being listed as a “superb-order example” inside and out. It also packs the original 383 ci (6.3L) V8, which is mated to a three-speed automatic.
The General Lee attire is complete, meaning that, aside from the orange paint job and the “01” branding on the doors, the roof sports the Confederate flag. This has been the topic of much debate between those who label it as a symbol of racing and therefore feel it should be removed from the vehicle and the enthusiasts who consider the flag to be part of this four-wheeled pop culture symbol.
The matter even escalated back in 2012 and 2015, when the TV series was pulled off the air and General Lee merch was “adjusted” to no longer display the flag.
Other aftermarket features on the car
The Dodge talks to the road via 15-inch American Racing Special Edition wheels, shod in BF Goodrich Radial T/A tyres.
And the immaculate cabin, with its tan leather finish, sports a Mopar steering wheel and a custom pressure gauge.
Judging from what we can see in these images, there don’t seem to be any rust issues underneath the vehicle. So, if the future owner listens to John Schneider rather than Bo Duke, all should be well.