“Did you know that the original script for The Dukes of Hazzard had the General Lee painted grey for the confederacy? It did. Rumor has it that George Barris commented that it would be very hard to see the car in the Georgia woods if it were grey. He suggested that it be painted a very common color that is found in every auto shop in the country– Engine block orange. That, my friends is how the orange car was born!” –John Schneider (Bo luke)
A trailer load of General Lees ready for “Dukes of Hazzard” disposal. Seeing all these beauties in person must have been incredible. Makes me so pissed they were destroyed.
Fresh General Lee Dodge Chargers loaded on a car carrier going to work…
The Dukes of Hazzard stockpile of 1969 Dodge Chargers and other show cars…
John Schneider and crew filming on the set of The Dukes of Hazzard.
“This is how the General Lees often landed. Which is also why Warner Brothers never net me actually jump the darned thing! Thank you WB!” – John Schneider (Bo Luke)
Estimates say well over 200 1969 Chargers were destroyed in jump scenes and stunts on the show. John Schneider puts the estimate at over 300 (329 he said)! When the network pulled the plug on Dukes, Warner Brothers contacted Wayne Wooten in Keysville Virginia, the President of the Dodge Charger Registry and offered 17 remaining General Lees for purchase by his members for the cost of $3000 each, regardless of condition.
Each member had to sign a contract agreeing never to use the cars in any advertising. Wayne was presented with the last close up General Lee by the studio as he had been in constant contact with them and they appreciated his dedication to the show, and interest in preserving what was left of arguably the most famous car in the world at that time.
Wayne later also obtained a 2nd original General Lee that had been jumped in the show, and then hung on a billboard in the Hollywood area to advertise the show. The cars were purchased by members of the Registry as far away as Australia.