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  • Aug 26th 2011 at 12:31PM
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You don't have to be born in the 1960s or 1970s to be able to recognize the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard and the Pontiac Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit. These old school four-wheeled stars seem to transcend demographics thanks to the miles of film that show the orange 1969 Dodge Charger and the jet-black 1977 Pontiac Trans Am performing seemingly impossible stunts.

The folks at Hot Rod magazine are obviously hip to this fact, and they put together a fun video in tribute of the instantly recognizable duo. Hit the jump to watch on as Sam Young and James Smith replace Bo Duke and The Bandit for a bit of dirt-road shenanigans in a pair of otherwise well cared for classics. We're not so sure we'd call it the best chase scene ever, but it sure looks like a lot of fun.

More importantly, which of these two cars would you rather own? Have your say in our poll below.


Which classic Hollywood car would you rather have?
1969 Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard 4564 (56.7%)
1977 Pontiac Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit 3484 (43.3%)




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      kmanning83
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the deal will all the polls on AB recently? O They add significant content to the quality of the blog. X They are a depthless feature for generating extra page hits and are characteristic of the general decline in AB's quality since AOL took over.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kmanning83
        Seriously? You're kidding me, right? Dude, your obsession with putting down AB is getting quite pathetic. If you don't like this website, THEN LEAVE! AB isn't the only automotive news/blog on the Internet.
      A B
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who care if it's got a confederate flag on it? It's a freakin' show. People know it's from the freakin' show. Who care's about the confederate flag anyway? the CSA only existed for 4 years. The US has been committing genocide for centuries. I'm tired of all this "confederate flag is racisssss derp" crap. Let's compare the two flags and see who's done worse and how that's relevant to a freakin' car.
        A B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @A B
        hopefully any sort of reply will not harp on the spelling of "cares". Yeah, I typed it out pretty fast. Just annoying encountering people who would deface a classic car for stupid sh**
      LoneWolf
      • 3 Years Ago
      Trans Am! Better suspension and a 455, with which you can easily make some good power. And while a Charger looks good, between these two in the movie....I would take the black car!
      Marc
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I'm correct the Trans Am for 1977 had two available engines. The 6.6liter was the 403 and the TA 6.6 was the 400ci engine. If you want to see the best Trans Am cars in the world, checkout the McLaughlin Trans Am Museum just 70 miles from where I live here in WV www.transammuseum.com
      Timion Hjellum
      • 3 Years Ago
      I need a car. - A speedy car. I would take the General, hands down, without a thought. I would also never use the car doors and drive the General into a hay stack at 80 miles per hour and come through the other side unscathed.
      BLS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pass on anything adoured with the Confederate flag.
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BLS
        why is that? because slavery "legally" existed in the south longer than the north??? because general lee despised slavery and general grant owned slaves??? or is it because it represents a states right to secede??? i'm born and raised in michigan, but i'm also a man of history.. and unfortunately, the north has painted an awful image of the south.. i suppose you believe that pearl harbor was a "surprise" attack as well, don't you.. you know what the funny thing is? a harvard study revealed that racism today is more prevalent in the north... now tell me, which flag repr
          lasertekk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tkosoccer03
          tkosoccer03 said: suppose you believe that pearl harbor was a "surprise" attack as well, don't you.. Well, if you want to state the facts, we did have the Japanese code broken for months. And then there's the issue of the radar officer being told 'you don't know what you're looking at, shut up'.
          BLS
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tkosoccer03
          You are welcome to wear your Confederate flag with pride. It makes it easier for the rest of us to avoid you. FYI. The only part of Confederate flag history that I need to know is it was the flag of the side in favor of slavery therefore it isn't my flag. That is my only point.
        Raymond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BLS
        I agree because it represents treason for one and the death of more American's than any other America war and at its core was the defense of the enslavement and dehumanization of an entire people. It was not about one general but about a collective decision to erase lineage, break families and people, and devalue them as not only a citizen but a human valued even by God.
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Raymond
          "but about a collective decision to erase lineage, break families and people, and devalue them as not only a citizen but a human valued even by God." you should study southern history, because what u described in quotes is exactly what the north did to the south post-war... "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it...." - Abraham Lincoln "I am not now, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social or political equality of the white and black races." - Abraham Lincoln “If I thought this war would free the negro I would put my sword in its scabbard and go home.” - Ulysses S. Grant
        James Barrios
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BLS
        It's more badge of the "Dukes" then of the Confederate army and slavery, but I understand what your saying. I wouldn't own one myself, but man did I love watching that show when I was little!
        moderate fringe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BLS
        Cool, I'll take it.
      erhcanadian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stop living in the past. The modern interpretations of the Mustang, Camaro, and even Challenger completely out-class their 60s and 70s counterparts. Even a modern Toyota Camry will out-handle and out-brake either of these relics.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @erhcanadian
        Go drink some more Molson, friggin' Canuck.
        American
        • 3 Years Ago
        @erhcanadian
        So what, how many classic car owners keep their cars stock anyways? Many aftermarket parts can turn your "relic" into a modern handling car with the classic look. Besides performance wise many of thos old "relics" can match there modern counterparts in 0-60 and 1/4 times.
      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 3 Years Ago
      I vote for democracy... When will they ban idiots rocking the confederate flag already...
        American
        • 3 Years Ago
        @50 AKA Ferrari
        When they stop other Americans from rocking the American Flag? I mean both flags were used during America's slavery past. It's just a flag dude, the *battle flag* to be exact. Stop wearing "racism" on your sleeve.
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @American
          well said sir.. it's amazing this things people attach the the rebel flag, racism in particular. if the confederate flag is a symbol of oppression, then so is every other flag in the world...
          American
          • 3 Years Ago
          @American
          @John Blaze The problem I have with this confederate flag issue is the selective anger/hatred. The North had slavery that is a fact, under the then American flag. That flag was also on ships carrying over african americans, that is a fact. Four Upper South states--AK, VA, NC, and TN--rejected the Deep South's reasons for secession by wide margins. They didn't buy them. They saw no need to secede over issues relating to slavery. They were, in fact, quite willing to remain in the Union, and many historians have noted that unionism was on the rise in those states after their secession votes. Are you aware that even two of the Deep South secession declarations mention issues other than slavery among their reasons for secession, such as the South's long-standing economic complaints and sharp differences over the nature and scope of federal power? General Robert E. Lee (who the car is named after) opposed slavery yet fought for the Confederacy. The Civil War was fought over other things, but yes slavery was a part of it for SOME of the southren states. So if you're going to say F the Confederacy and F the Confederate flag or you also going to say the same for the American flag and the USA? It was a different time then the American flag is no more racist than the Confederate Battle flag is imo.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @American
          [blocked]
      SuperStockDodge
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 1968 Mustang from "Bullitt" tops them both!
        JR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SuperStockDodge
        Your name should be "SuperStockFord".
      Tyler
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've had the General Lee horn permanently embedded in my skull from hearing it blasted millions of times at the Woodward Dream Cruise from old farts in their Dukes of Hazzard replicas. For that reason I will forever hate that car lol
      Raymond
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone knows that the Fire Bird was one of the most powerful and one of the most popular Muscle cars of all time especially the version from Smokey and the Bandit. Really if you go by history and not buy current polling the Bird is a very clear winner.
        protovici
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Raymond
        I think Raymond is pulling everyone "chain" here??!!
        Brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Raymond
        The 77 Firebird TA was a 220 HP MAX 16 second car.........
      Leather Bear
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd vote for neither. Give me Emma Peel's Lotus Elan, the Prisoner's Lotus Seven, or Patrick Jane's Citroen DS instead.
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