Questions! Questions! Questions! Everywhere we go we always get questions about the General Lee. Even though it is the most popular and recognizable car on the planet - it still seems to have quite a "mystery" surrounding it. We hope to clear up some of the confusion by addressing some of the top questions we get during personal appearances. For more information about the General Lee specifically please refer to www.cglfc.com

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Typically rear brake lights or taillights are never seen on either the General Lee or Rosco's Patrol Car on the tv series. For stunt driving purposes wiring in the trunk area posed a potential fire hazard - as fuel was stored in the trunk in a fuel cell. So - more often than not all trunk wiring was removed, even from the taillights!

WANT TO KNOW HOW TO TELL 68, 69 and 70 Dodge Chargers apart?

While all have the same body style there are many differences. The 1968 Charger had a straight grill, pleated lowback seats and round taillights. The side reflectors were also round. The dash itself featured a ribbed texture as well as the console top. A black 1968 Charger was used in the movie "Blade".

The 1969 featured a split grill, long rectangle taillights and square marker lights. The headlights were vacuum operated like the 68s. The 69 had a obviously different texture on the dash panel. The seated featured buttons instead of pleats and headrests appeared on some models. The General Lee was a 1969.

The 1970 Dodge Charger was almost identical to a 69 from the doors back. The 70 incorporated a completely different front end - complete with a chrome ring around the front of the nose. The headlight doors were driven by electric motors instead of vacuum. A 70 model Charger is featured in the movie "Fast & Furious".

 

1. What year and type car is the General Lee? The General Lee is portrayed by a 1969 Dodge Charger, often without references to "Dodge" onscreen - as the name badges were generally removed from on-screen vehicles. On the show, both 1968 and 1969 Chargers were used - with no record of a 1970 Charger used during the filming of the television series. Since the 68s were converted to look like 69s by changing the grill and taillights, it is difficult to tell the differences on-screen. Do you really want to know how to tell? Easy - the 68 Dodge Charger dashpad came to a point in the middle of the dash, while 69s are straight across. The dashpads were not changed on the show - its too much labor! Watch as Bo and Luke climb out of the car - the dash pads are clearly visible in front angled shots.

2. How many cars were used on the Dukes show? The most agreed upon number seems to hover around 309 vehicles, with 17 leaving Warner Brothers in 1991 complete with Certificates of Authenticity thanks to Wayne Wooten, founder of the Dodge Charger Registry. Up until 2005 two original close-up cars were in storage at Warner Brothers in California, along with the jump car from the "Hazzard in Hollywood" reunion film. The Valuzets of Melody Ranch built 229 of the original cars - and maintain a small museum in California with some remaining parts of screen used GLs. Watch for a close-up car as Cooter works on the General - many of them had distinctive chromed hood spring.

LEE ONE, as it is known, is the original General Lee built by Warner Brothers. It is seen on many of the Dukes Toys packages - as it is the only car that ever wore the chrome rocker panel moldings along it's side. It also sported cross flags behind the backglass (one a rebel flag and one a checkered race flag) - a feature that would disappear from the GL in the future.

3. What color is the General Lee? Often a hot topic among true Dukes fans. Most would agree it was not a factory Hemi Orange paint color - which would seem most natural considering it is a Mopar. Of all things a GM color seems to be the most popular considered screen accurate color called 1975 Corvette Flame Red (Code 70). Others include Hugger Orange and Big Bad Orange.

4. What CB is in the General Lee? The tv show's General Lee featured a Cobra 78x CB Radio and a Radio Shack Teardrop Base Antenna - both long out of production. Later in the series an Avanti antenna can be seen and is easily recognizable by its square base.

5. What is the license plate on the General Lee? Hazzard County CNH 320

6. What wheels were used on the General Lee? The General Lee had several size variations of a wheel made by American Racing until the early 80s known as the Vector Wheel. Featuring 10 distinct spokes - the wheel was typically used in a 14x7 size for close-ups and 15x7 for stunt cars. Early season episodes featured unique centercaps. The TV General Lee featured specific tires called "Winston Winners" - which, we understand, are still commercially available.

TRUE OR FALSE

The General Lee did not have door handles. FALSE

All General Lees sported factory door handles - but were simply not used as the doors were welded shut according to the script. Often it was a key to a scene, as baddies would grab the handle and try to open the door without success - usually resulting in Bo or Luke kicking the pistol out of their hands while they are distracted with the non-working door handle.

The General Lee had black interior. FALSE

The General Lee started life with a dark factory saddle tan - and later had a very light buckskin interior. Compare "One Armed Bandits" with a 6th Season episode and the difference is very clear - also note the differences in the pushbar - it started out very narrow, and got considerably wider in the later episodes.

The General Lee had a Hemi in the TV show. FALSE

The original GLs had 318s, 383s and 440 Magnums. Most wore identical Holley carbs and most were 3-speed 727 Automatic transmissions. Cars set up to perform the two-wheeled "skiing-stunt" sported the popular and reliable 318 engine - because it was lighter than the others!

My cousin's brother-in-laws college roommates drinking buddy found a real General Lee in a junkyard in Southern Arkansas. FALSE - well, more than likely.

General Lees after the first season were tightly controlled. Three were originally built by Warner Brothers and shipped to Georgia to use during the first five episodes. After production moved to California, most jumped General Lees were scrapped by removing the signature doors featuring the "01s" and cutting off the roof with the flag and "General Lee" text - with the rest of the body being crushed beyond recognition. VIN numbers were kept by Warner Brothers and maintenance records were loosely kept by staff. Around 13 GLs were ready to go at any time on the set. The stunt cars were no where near show quality up close, typically they did not even have interior beyond the front seats. Jump cars featured a very elaborate cage for safety - much more elaborate than the exhaust tubing roll bars made for the "hero" cars. Many early fan made replicas have shown up in junkyards through the years - creating numerous "I know a guy that knows a guys that knows a guy that...." well you get the story.

We are not saying a real find is impossible - but highly, we mean highly, unlikely - especially outside of California. In recent years two real General Lees used on the show turned up in a movie car junkyard in California in unbelievable disrepair. One has been restored back to its original orange glory - but its actual screen-used WB number (example WB GL #132) is still unknown to this day.

All General Lees had the "Dixie Horn". FALSE

As cool as it is there was simply no reason to put Dixie horns on all the General Lees. For the most part it was simply an edited in sound effect - like many of the engine sounds you hear. We hate to break the bad news, but the lightsabers in Star Wars don't really make that "humming sound" either.

 

 

 

Ohh nooo! AN OPEN DOOR ON THE GL? Its true. General Lees doors were welded shut according to the script - but were fully functional in all reality!

It's always funny to hear the comment "That's not a real General Lee -the doors open."

OTHER FUN FACTS

* "Dukes of Hazzard" created many of the stunt gear used today out of pure necessity. The technique of suspending the driver from the roof with a jump vest started on "Dukes" and is used in most movie car jumps today.

* Al Wyatt Jr. - who drove the General Lee on the set more than anyone, used to jump the GL wearing his signature "safety shoes" - an old pair of Flip-Flops!

* The famous intro shot of the General Lee jumping a river (complete with tons of dust flying under it) was filmed at what is known as "Indian Dunes" in California. After the General Lee did it - the same jump was completed by KITT of Knight Rider fame. Look closely at the GL jump - you can clearly see the camera mounted on the passenger side.

* In 2005 American Racing re-released the Vector wheel. While not identical, it is very accurate to the screen-used ones of DOH fame. Centercaps were also re-issued.

* Chargers are difficult and expensive to restore. Key components are yet to be re-tooled in metal - including front fenders and hoods!

* The General Lee was originally set to be called "Traveller" - the name of General Robert E. Lee's horse. The reference seemed to be too vague to producers and the name was simply changed to General Lee. The Charger was picked because of its over-whelming success on the NASCAR circuit - and its torsion bar suspension was a major help when dealing with leaps!