Duke Boys' first General Lee goes to Barrett-Jackson [w/video]
Why the short life span? That first leap was an impressive feat, vaulting the Charger 16 feet in the air over a distance of 82 feet as it sailed over Rosco's Monaco patrol car before crashing back down to Earth. While the vehicle made a few additional appearances as a beat-up hulk through the show's filming, it was eventually left to rot in a Georgia junk yard.
Travis Bell bought the hulk in 2001, and the Charger swapped a few owners before winding up in the hands of Marvin Murphy. Murphy then had the vehicle restored to its former glory. Now the Lee 1 is headed to Arizona with no reserve. No one's saying exactly how much the very first General Lee could be worth, but a Hemi-powered replica took home a lofty $450,000 in 2008. This particular vehicle gets its grunt from a 383.
If you'd like to see this car's fateful lone jump – or if you're just feeling the need for some Duke Boys-style nostalgia – hit the jump to see the vehicle in the show's intro.
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