Steve's REAL General Lee
Charger Steve acquired his real General Lee in 2007. After the Dukes of Hazzard series ended in the mid-80’s only 17 Generals remained. These were soon sold off and 17 certificates / letters signed by Frank Mejerski of Warner Brothers accompanied each vehicle proving their authenticity.
After a few short years, Warner Brothers began working on a couple Dukes of Hazzard TV movies and several more General Lee’s were produced by WB. Steve’s General Lee was used as a hero car during the filming of these TV movies starring the original cast, including John Schneider, Tom Wopat and Catherine Bach.
After filming these movies during the 90’s, four Generals remained (one of which we believe to be John Schneider’s famous Lee that was sold at Barrett Jackson in 2008 that he referred to as “Bo’s General Lee”) and the last three sat patiently at Warner Brothers until 2003 when restoration began again.
One of these remaining three Lee’s lost its battle with cancer while hibernating and was turned into a “buck” (a non running prop used for close ups – this car was labeled #4). The remaining 2 vehicles (referred to as #2 and #3 became the start of a new fleet of more than 30 General Lee’s used in the 2005 movie.
Steve’s General was labeled car #3 and became the first ever Remote Drive Vehicle (RDV) ever built. Eventually a second remote vehicle #13 would be created, but #3 was used extensively during filming as #13 would eventually brake down mid production after accidently catching air on a bump.
These 2005 screen used General Lee’s are described in detail in the August 2005 issue of the Mopar Collector’s Guide. Detailed information on the Remote Drive Vehicles is described in the September issue as well. These amazing vehicles were designed by Warner Brothers masterminds that created a roof driven vehicle. Every aspect including steering, braking and acceleration were all controlled by a stunt driver located on the roof of these intricate and extremely expensive vehicles. These designs would prove to be the MOST EXPENSIVE SCREEN USED GENERAL LEES EVER BUILT!
Accompanying Steve’s General Lee is a certificate / letter signed by Frank Mejerski of Warner Brothers making his General Lee only the eighteenth with this claim and Steve’s General Lee is one of only 20 Generals left in the world that were used on screen by the original Dukes of Hazzard cast and crew. Steve’s #3 is one of only 2 Generals to be used by both the original cast and the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard movie cast.
THIS WAS THE FIRST REMOTE DRIVEN VEHICLE GENERAL LEE EVER CREATED!
THIS IS THE ONLY RDV GENERAL LEE IN EXISTANCE TO HAVE BEEN DRIVEN BY THE ORIGINAL DUKE BOYS!
THIS IS A RARE PIECE OF HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY!
This car has to be worth something.
Any offers? ……
Make it good….Steve is looking to pay off his mortgage!!
While not completely finished...Steve has been working hard at restoring the General back to it's likeness in the Original TV Movies. This includes an all new roof, paint and upholstery. Many said it couldn't be done...but...Duke's fans know it takes a little good ol Hazzard County Magic. (and money)
We have gone to great lengths to return all of the remote driving components that had been rerouted to the roof for the movie, back to the cockpit and good ol #3 drives again. Many parts were replaced including the steering column, brakes and transmission linkage as the old had been hacked to the point of no return.
Note: While doing considerable body work, we literally found no rust on this 69 Charger! Warner Brothers must have keep it inside all these years!
A remarkable Hollywood Fairy Tail....Just waiting for the "happily ever after part"!