There’s something slightly magical about seeing a cult classic movie car on Kiwi soil. Despite the distance between us and America — land of Knight Rider, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and A-Team goodness — a few of them are here.
Among them is this; a 1970 Dodge Charger fashioned into a replica of the ‘General Lee’ from Dukes of Hazzard. This one has popped up for sale at, of all
places, a Duncan & Ebbett dealership specialising in Volvo, Peugeot, and Citroen.
And, if you want it, you’ll have to part with $259,990. Yup, this slice of American old-school metal (with a new-school twist … more on that later)
is valued at new Porsche 911 or Aston Martin Vantage money.
“This particular vehicle is a replica of the original General Lee with the main differences being its doors aren’t welded shut (yet), there is no roll
cage and this vehicle has had a repower,” says the listing.
“Otherwise almost all aspects of the car are period correct including the front nudge bar, the use of BF Goodrich Radial T/A tyres, the Dixie-tune car
horn, the radio for calling Boss Hogg right down to the tan hide interior.”
The ‘repower’ in question comes in the form of a 440 cubic-inch big block, with a Trick Flow 240 CNC-milled heads and intake plenum, a Quick Fuel carburettor,
and an MSD ignition.
This set-up is a little spicier than what ‘the old Duke boys’ used to terrorise Hazzard County with. It’s a fresh build, with just 640 miles on the odometer.
While ‘General Lee’ Chargers that featured on the original show (and the movie remake) are worth fairly big money these days, it’s worth remembering that
at the time they were incredibly abundant.
It’s said that all the stunts and jumps on the television show resulted in around 300 Chargers being scrapped, with the movie killing off another 26 of
There’s plenty of curious urban legend tales out there about where the wrecked cars went after they were jumped and destroyed, including stories that there
were mass dumpings in forests and remote areas of the US.