What's "the most famous television car in the world"? We suppose that depends on who you ask, but to many, nothing but the General Lee could possibly hold the title. Of course, there wasn't just one General Lee. In fact, scores of orange Dodge Chargers were filmed for "The Dukes of Hazzard," and most of them never survived their first televised escapade.

Not so Lee 1, so named because it was the car that famously jumped over a Hazzard County police cruiser in the very first episode of the hit series. If you've ever seen the opening credits, you know the car we're talking about... it flew 16 feet in the air over a distance of 82 feet. And, as you may have guessed, it didn't exactly stick the landing.

No matter. Because of its notoriety, Lee 1 was saved from destruction and restored over a period of 16 months. And, due to that same famous history, we thought it might draw plenty of attention from the crowds at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson auction. In reality, bidding ended at just $110,000. That makes the final sale price a seemingly paltry $121,000.

Read more about Lee 1 and watch a video of it's auction after the break, and check out our live image gallery above.


Summary: Featured several times in the first episode of CBS hit "The Dukes of Hazzard." Fondly named "Lee 1" is the very car used to jump over a Hazzard County police cruiser in the first episode. Carefully restored over a 16 month period to pre-jump condition.

Details: Lee 1 was purchased by a California movie studio in 1978, soon to become "The most famous television car in the world." Lee 1 was featured several times in the first episode of CBS' hit television series "The Dukes of Hazzard." This episode titled "One-Armed Bandits," aired on January 26, 1979 and was filmed in the Covington, Conyers and Oxford area of Georgia. The show's opening sequence, featuring Bo and Luke Duke, included the clip of Lee1 jumping over a Hazzard County police cruiser. That jump, for which Lee 1 is most famous, was made by a stunt man on the campus of Oxford College on Saturday, November 11, 1978. Lee 1's first and only jump was 16 feet up and over the cruiser, landing 82 feet from the take off ramp. The only cast member that ever drove Lee 1 was John Schneider, who played Bo Duke. After 23 years in a junkyard, in Metro Atlanta, Lee 1 was rescued and professionally, passionately restored to pre-jump condition over a 16 month period. Lee 1 is truly an American Icon.


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      ICantDrive88
      • 2 Years Ago
      It didn't have a clean car fax!
      MissLaforce
      • 2 Years Ago
      I used to have a 68 charger ,it was about 3200.00 brand new. It was a beautiful car. I got a small pickup that i really loved and it was destroyed in a wreck , someone went to sleep and hit me head on. Don't try to posses something to much.
      MIKE
      • 2 Years Ago
      THE HIGH BIDDER ON THIS CAR WAS PGA PLAYER BUBBA WATSON
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MIKE
        You should lay off the caps lock...
          MIKE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I HATE TYPING IN LOWER CASE, I'M NOT YELLING. IF U DO NOT LIKE IT, DON'T READ IT!! SO JUST MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sick of hearing about the "General Lee" car and I was not even around when this show aired. All I know is It just gives me ideas of negative southern stereotypes and I live in the south. I love the Charger but I'm sick of hearing about the "General Lee."
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cruising
        How does it give you ideas of negative southern stereotypes? Just because it has a rebel flag? They're running moonshine? It'll only give you ideas of negative southern stereotypes if you're stuck in the days this show was around.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cruising
        Negative stereotypes? I disagree, as I think the show does the opposite. It captures the essence of the region, particularly that of rural Appalachia where the show was set, with its somewhat isolationist, libertarian message. The rebel was celebrated while the authority figure was not to be trusted. Knowing what I know about the history the region, I would say the show, and motion picture were spot on with regards to the mentality and demeanor of the two main characters. Living in Western North Carolina, the show film kind of hit home for me, even though I am not particularly a huge fan. I appreciate them for those qualities nonetheless.
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      $121 K for a Dodge charger with significant frame damage is more than enough.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 2 Years Ago
        If mankind still exists in 50 years, then I am sure people will know what 'Dukes of Hazard' is.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        1. The whole car is original minus the front end (the whole front clip is all original, including the wrinkled up frame you can see inside the engine bay). 2. It's already been 33 years, and we still know what the TV show is.
      Meman24
      • 2 Years Ago
      it should have priced higher. but oh well. that was a good ol' car, if you know what i mean.
      Believe
      • 2 Years Ago
      That car would look great at the Canton Hot Rod Show in Canton Ohio on Feb 18th & 19th, next to Tom Wopat who is signing autographs there. Lol.. No offense Tim we love your car & can't wait to see you there.
      Janine Griffin
      • 2 Years Ago
      We have a '73' charger in the process of restoring from the skeleton on up. It is really starting to look good :) We are trying to find the 'fanjet" rims that were on the original 'Dukes of Hazzard' car. Any info would be a great help. mamagriff05@yahoo.com (and thanx!!)
      N Tune GA
      • 2 Years Ago
      Come Meet The Hot Rodding Good Ole Boys & Friends from The Dukes of Hazzard at The Dukes of Hazzard Georgia Reunion Classic Car Show and Music Festival in Byron, Georgia March 8-10, 2013 For more info visit: blog.ntunega.com or www.ntunega.com
      Tim Suderow
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jordan was absolutely correct about the car the firewall,dash/VIN tag, inner fender wells,windshield,engine,transmission are the only remnants on the car off the original chassis.The original roof skin which was usable as other usable sheetmetal pieces were sold off to collectors allegedly without the owners knowledge.All the sheet metal was replaced with donor parts off another car,from the firewall back is a totally different car.So maybe 8% of this car is actually remains of the original.Apparently people did their homework and knew most of the historical value was removed and the final selling price (which was still too much IMO) was the result.
      studawg
      • 2 Years Ago
      SOLD to BUBBA WATSON!
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