Historic General Lee Sells For $121,000

Expectations for “LEE 1” were high at Barrett-Jackson as the famous 1969 Dodge Charger went up for auction. After weeks of hype, the first screen-jumped General Lee was expected to bring in as much as 1 million dollars in bidding.

But the price leap fell short, landing far shy of the expected sum. It went for a mere $110,000, plus buyer’s commission, for a total sale of $121,000.  Details about the purchaser are not yet available.

The lower sales price doesn’t reflect anything negative on The Dukes of Hazzard, or on the General Lee itself.  LEE 1 stands apart from other screen-used General Lees, for better or worse, due to the extensive time spent in abandonment and derelict condition upon discovery. The percentage of the car that can be claimed as “original” is up for debate.  Ironically, LEE 1 may have been worth just as much today without any restoration efforts at all.

The saga of LEE 1 is far from over. While we await further details about the new owner, we sincerely hope that this historic General Lee has gained a home with a true Dukes fan, rather than an investor seeking a quick turnaround in a year or two. LEE 1, after all it has been through, deserves better.

Coy Duke’s General Lee is For Sale!

General Lee replicas come and go on the market, but it isn’t often that a cast-owned General Lee becomes available! Byron Cherry, who was “Coy Duke” during the 5th season of The Dukes of Hazzard, is parting with his General Lee. This 1969 Dodge Charger has 71,075 original miles on it and is a numbers-matching car.

This General Lee replica was used for Byron’s promotional purposes. It’s best described as a collector’s item on wheels; there are numerous Dukes of Hazzard cast signatures on the car, and autographs by other celebrities. Byron is also throwing in a variety of Dukes collectibles as part of the deal.  As an added bonus, the purchaser will be treated to dinner. 

Buyers who are concerned about replica accuracy should note that this car needs a few cosmetic details to be show-ready as a General. See the lettering of “General Lee” in this photo for an example. This car is not being represented as an accurate replia; it was Byron’s own car for his use and has distinctions in this respect.

You can be the next owner on the title after Byron Cherry for $150,000.  For details, see the ebay listing. Serious buyers are welcome to make an offer!

“LEE 1” Draws Media Buzz at Auction

We’ve been speculating about the original parts, if any, that remain on LEE 1.  Looks like we have an answer, if this media broadcast  contains any accuracy. But can a cracked windshield be a point of authenticity, when so much of this car has been replaced…er, restored?

Watch the video broadcast below and then decide for yourself.  LEE 1 is expected to sell for a crazy amount of money, despite the debates that surround it.

Update on Screen Used General Lee #13

screen used general leeSome of you may be wondering what happened to Screen Used General Lee #13 that was slated for auction on December 15th. We noticed that all information regarding it mysteriously disappeared from the catalog and auction site and we never heard anything about a final sales price. Well, we got in touch with the good folks at Profiles In History. They let us know that it was pulled from the auction when information arose that cast doubt on its authenticity. It’s a shame that the car couldn’t be definitively authenticated as a screen used General Lee, but we applaud the Profiles In History crew for their integrity.

The December 15th auction wasn’t without a little bit of Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia, however. A Hazzard County Jail sign, complete with mispelling of Sheriff Rosco’s name, fetched $1500. Score one for the Hazzard County Sheriff’s Department.

Dukes Cast Member Appearances Coming Up!

Dukes of Hazzard Bo, Luke, and RoscoLooking for a chance to see your favorite Dukes of Hazzard cast member in person? Then mark your calendar with these upcoming events!

Feb 4 & 5, James Best, known to us all as Rosco P. Coltrane, will be at the Mount Dora Art Festival in Mount Dora, FL.  While this isn’t a Dukes event, it’s a good chance to see Jimmie and check out his paintings.

Feb 17, 18 & 19, Tom Wopat, alias “Luke Duke” will be at the Canton Hot Rod Show at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in…you guessed it, Canton OH!  A General Lee is scheduled to be with him at the show. See the official website for show hours and admission fees. Note, Tom doesn’t do a lot of Dukes-themed shindigs, so this is a rare chance for a meet & greet.  If you are interested in Tom’s vocal performances, check out the upcoming show dates on his website.

March 23, 24 & 25, Ben Jones, a/k/a Cooter Davenport, will be at the International Auto Showcase at the New York State Fairgrounds. This huge indoor car show will feature classic and custom cars with an emphasis on old-school muscle. Cooter is always a crowd-pleaser, stop by and say howdy!

And don’t forget, tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan 13 at noon for the Tom Wopat & John Schneider concert on April 12 & 13! Last year’s gig at this venue completely sold out, so we’ve been alerting y’all about this as much as we can.

Us Dukes of Hazzard fans have it good, don’t we? Stay tuned for more Dukes of Hazzard news as it comes!

Dukes of Hazzard Bucket o’ News!

Has being on the lam kept you out of the loop? We got ya covered! Here’s all the latest Dukes of Hazzard news, in no particular order, because we’re lazy like that. Here we go!

Tickets for the Tom Wopat and John Schneider concert at the Fallsview Casino Resort go on sale January 13!  The casino doesn’t have it listed yet but Tom himself released this information. The shows are April 12 & 13 in Ontario, Canada, just on the other side of Niagra Falls. You’ll need a passport, but you got plenty of time to get that together. Your local post office can give you the passport application and explain what’s required.

Next, if you’ve got a million dollars in your pocket, why not blow it on LEE 1? Yes, the most famous, and also infamous, first General Lee is up for a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, starting January 15. The car is famous for being the very first jumped General Lee in the first Dukes of Hazzard episode, “One-Armed Bandits.”  It later appeared in the episode “Repo Men” , repainted green, posing as a wrecked stock car.

When Dukes production left Georgia, LEE1 was left behind in a junkyard. It was eventually discovered in the late 90’s  and purchased  for an alleged $400 bucks.  The new owner, after much ballyhoo, turned around and auctioned the thing for some 24 grand or so, as-is, wrecked and rusted. How many times LEE1 changed hands after that, we don’t know, but it was eventually restored to be drivable and show-worthy.  In Duke circles, arguments abound about whether or not there’s enough original parts on the car to qualify it as “original”, as this was more like building the Bionic General than a normal restoration.  Yet somebody will pay a terrific price for LEE1  just for the bragging rights, if past history is any indication.

In other news, the lovely Catherine Bach has joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless”, a long-running daytime soap opera.  She will join the set Jan 10, with her first episode appearance expected around Feb 7. She will play a scheming, conniving mother of a scheming, conniving daughter, heck-bent on ruining marriages and fostering mistrust among friends. Sounds like fun!

One more quick thing, tickets for the 2012 Hazzard Homecoming are already on sale. We don’t know who’s gonna be there or what’s happening yet, but hey, it’s on! You’ll get a discount if you buy an e-ticket by March.  Swing over to Cooter’s Place for details.

That’s a wrap for now! Stay tuned to HazzardNet, we’ll have more for you soon!

Didn’t Get What You Wanted for Christmas?

No worries! If you didn’t get the “01” thing you wanted under the tree this year, you can still find a great selection of Dukes of Hazzard merchandise right here at HazzardNet!

Being lifelong Dukes fans ourselves, we can’t get enough of Dukes of Hazzard collectibles, toys, DVD’s and t-shirts and we figure you can’t either. So, no need to pout or wait ’till next year, go ahead and find yourself the perfect gift. You’ll thank yourself later.

A Christmas Tribute to Our Troops

A Special Christmas Tribute To Our Troops!

Derek and Courtney Whitis of SouthWood, Florida are the winners of the 2011 “My Lights Are Better Than Your Lights” contest on Good Morning America. Their patriotism runs deep, each of them having family members who have served, and are actively serving, our country.

What do military personnel and veterans have to do with Christmas? Well…everything! If not for their protection of our nation and our freedoms, our right to practice the faith of our choice could be lost. There are still countries today that do not have the most basic religious freedoms that we take for granted.

Imagine, being unable to celebrate Christmas. Or being unable to attend the church of your choice. Or being forced to live by the conventions of a religion that you didn’t choose, because defying it could cost your life.

It’s only right that we thank those who gave up their own family time, their own holidays, to serve our country. And that we remember, with honor, those who fell in active duty.

We should also reach out to the veterans who returned home from active duty with life-changing injuries. In this season of giving and hope, please consider the Semper Fi Fund.

http://semperfifund.org/

HazzardNet salutes Derek and Courtney Whitis for their incredible Christmas light display, which is helping to bring awareness to the needs of our wounded veterans. We’re sharing their video in honor of all those who have chosen to serve our country.  Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

Tom Wopat and John Schneider in Concert!

Photo credit: Paul Harrington

Forever known as Bo and Luke Duke to fans of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Tom Wopat and John Schneider have come a long way from Hazzard County. Their diverse careers include success in vocal recordings, Broadway performances, theatre productions, concerts, TV and movie roles, and more. They are, without doubt, consummate entertainers who know how to engage and delight an audience.

When peforming together, the audience is treated to a combined talent that is augmented by genuine camaraderie. Rare is the friendship that lasts over 30 years, rarer still a friendship that has survived the brutal pressures of Hollywood and the media.

In concert, Wopat and Schneider display an obvious ease around each other, clearly enjoying themselves and the music that unites them. They give audiences the same good time that they’re having! The only drawbacks to seeing them peform live together, is that the event is far too rare, and the evening seems to end too quickly.

So far for 2012, you have exactly two chances to catch Tom and John in concert: April 12 and April 13 at the Fallsview Casino & Resort in Niagra Falls, Ontario. Tickets will be going on sale in January 2012. Seating is limited to 1,500 in the intimate concert venue, meaning that tickets will go fast. 

At this time, we do not know exactly when tickets will become available in January. We will make every effort to post an alert when tickets are on sale.  With a total of only 3,000 tickets being available for the weekend, you’ll want to stay in the loop!

General Lee “Jump Car” Being Auctioned!

What’s more rare than a surviving General Lee stunt car? Fans with the money to buy it! But some lucky cuss will become the new owner of “Screen General Lee #13.”  This is an authentic, screen-used, second-unit stunt car, from California filming of “The Dukes of Hazzard.”  Despite bearing damage, this General is expected to fetch between $40,000 to $60,000 at auction on December 15, 2011.

This General Lee had a partial restoration about 10 years ago. Some damage was intentially left on the car in tribute to its orgin.  Here’s a summary of the remaining damage, from the auction page:

“The driver’s side quarter panel is dented, the front aprons under the hood are buckled and the cowl panel below the windshield is bent. The driveshaft is bent (but operational) and the upper control arms are damaged from stunt use.”

“SGL 13 still has the scars to prove what a battered life it led. There is some rust that has appeared in the lower rear driver’s side quarter panel and there are holes in the floor under the drivers’ seat, which appear to have been cut back when the car was converted to General duties. The hooks are still installed on the floor where the stuntmen would attach their special made vest, and the battery is still held in place by an army surplus strap.”

“SGL 13 does start and drive although it is not a daily driver. It will need some suspension pieces to make it handle better and some wiring would also need to be replaced to make the lights function.”

This General Lee is a veteran of action in the field. If you are interested in owning this rare General Lee – and you can pony up the dough –  visit the “Profiles in History/Icons of Hollywood” auction page.  Happy bidding to ya’ll with the pockets for it, and good luck!

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