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General Lee

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An orange 1969 Dodge Charger from the television show "The Dukes of Hazzard." The vehicle has been controversial because it is named for a Confederate general and features a large Confederate flag on its roof.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's General Lee (car) page on 17 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The General Lee (sometimes referred to as simply "the General") is a 1969 Dodge Charger driven in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard by the Duke boys, Bo and Luke, along with cousins Coy and Vance (in season 5). It is known for its signature horn, its police chases, stunts—especially its long jumps—and for having its doors welded shut, leaving the Dukes to climb in and out through the windows. The car appears in every episode but one ("Mary Kaye's Baby"). The car's name is a reference to American Civil War general Robert E. Lee. It bears a Confederate flag (a rectangular variant of the square battle flag of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia) on its roof, and also has a horn which plays the first twelve notes of the song "Dixie".

The idea for the General Lee was developed from the bootlegger Jerry Rushing's car, which was named for Lee's favorite horse, Traveller. Traveller was also the name of the car in Moonrunners, the 1975 movie precursor to The Dukes of Hazzard.


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
2 October 2007ISCARS DASH With General Lee and DukesISCARS
15 December 2012Spotted - Dodge Charger General Lee Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
25 June 2015Could This Be the End of the General Lee? Bill Crittenden
29 June 2015The American Road #10: Goodbye General Lee Bill Crittenden
2 July 2015General Lee Dodge Charger Ripped from TV Amidst Flag Debacle Patrick Rall
4 July 2015The Duke Boys Can Ride Again Bill Crittenden
25 June 2015Height of stupidity Gus Philpott, The Woodstock Advocate


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Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Hot Wheels J3287-09161969 Dodge ChargerT-Hunt, small scale, orange #06


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