The very first 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee from "The Dukes of Hazzard" is headed under the gavel at Barret-Jackson. The vehicle was created specifically for the show's intro and made just one jump before being retired.

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.

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      were is daisy and her shorts, shorts
      • 3 Years Ago
      My kids used to love the show. i always liked watching the end of the jump where you could actually see the front wheels coming up through the front fenders and then in the next scean it was driving away and not even dirty. I would say the one the actors drove (that was never jumped or wrecked) is the REAL first Gen. Lee.
      • 3 Years Ago
      you went through all the trouble of researching and writing this insightful article and you couldn't include the auction dates?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car has so many misconceptions that surrounds it. First and foremost is the fact that it ISN'T the first Lee ever built, only the first GL to be labeled upon arriving for filming in Georgia. It was one of 3 originally built in California then shipped to GA for filming. The true 1st GL was labeled "LEE 3" and survived shooting in GA only to die in a jump in the episode "The Meeting" back in California. Second of all, The only original part on this car left is the firewall and windshield. The rest has cut up, sold, and replaced by Travis Bell. It's a real shame but true. It's basically no more than a VIN swap. If you really want to know more about how this car was "restored" all you need to do is read through this thread... Please check out CGLFC.COM and if you're interested in purchasing this car. Do some research and you will find out all you need to know on this subject.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Must have been some restoration.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Normally anything Dukes of Hazzard-related would get a huge yawn from me, but since this is the first General Lee, it would be worth something. Watch the end of that intro - the front clip definitely bends upward on landing. Ouch.
      chief two belly
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bid one dollar
      • 3 Years Ago
      I heard that there were hundreds of these cars built for the show because they all were wrecked with the stunts.So now they are saying that this was the first one and it never got destroyed?Sounds fishy to me
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is probably beat to death and a real dent-mobile.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A coo coo
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...what's original ..the glove box, cigarette lighter and distributor cap ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      There were 100s of these cars. This being number one should not make it worth any more cash. I would think the cars used as filming cars are worth more. The others were just for smashing and most used just once till they realized model toys worked just as well and were a lot cheaper to use.
    • Load More Comments