Dukes Of Hazzard General Lee was the four wheeled star car that was driven hard and put away dirty by Bo and Luke Duke in the movie Dukes of Hazzard. There were 256 Dukes Of Hazzard General Lee cars that were driven in the movie and destroyed. So how did one of the coveted authentic Chargers actually built for the show avoid winding up as property of the Warner Brothers studios, eventually disappear for more than two decades, then show up again as an authentic, unrestored TV prop with huge collector appeal ? The cars were painted orange and given a NASCAR style “01” on the doors with a Confederate flag on the roof. It wasn’t long before five more cars were built to keep up with the carnage during the Georgia filming. The story goes that the Charger developed engine problems or had them before the sale and the new owner wound up parking and storing it. Only 1,500 miles were put on the Charger from the time Schisler had it and when the Volo Museum bought the car in 2008. The Volo Museum’s car is also apparently the only authentic General Lee with original hand-painted graphics.
The car also has a tie to “Lee 1,” the first Dukes Of Hazzard General Lee used in the famous opening jump scene. That car was eventually pulled from a junk yard and restored after it had been destroyed during filming, but part of its roll bar wound up in the Volo Museum’s car.
“There was a gentleman, Larry West, he was the one handpainting all the graphics on the cars. The idea for the General Lee was developed from the bootlegger Jerry Rushing’s car, which was named for Lee’s favorite horse, Traveller. Traveller was also the name of the car in Moonrunners, the 1975 movie precursor to The Dukes of Hazzard.