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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