November 11, 1978 – The Dukes of Hazzard films iconic jump

When a 1969 Dodge Charger launched over a police car on this day in 1978 it was the beginning of a TV series full of evading the local law, short shorts and action packed car chases. “The Dukes of Hazzard” team filed the iconic jump, which was 16 feet high and 82 feet long, that takes place in the opening credits on this day, which totaled the car. As this jump was featured in every episode, it means this Charger is the only one to play a role in each episode, as more than 300 of the cars were used throughout the series. The General Lee, as the car was known, was bright orange and featured the number “01” on its sides and a confederate flag on top. The Luke boys used the car to get out of trouble often, running from the sheriff and county commissioner Boss Hood. The car became an icon for the show which ran on CBS from 1979 until 1985. The stunt coordinator for the show bought as many of the cars as he could find, but there was no shortage at the time as Chrysler sold about 85,000 of them. The cars were customized for the show and included roll bars, heavy duty suspension, altered brakes for the 180 degree turns to be easier and cars that went airborne often received trunks full of concrete to prevent them from flipping. In 2006 the original General Lee, known as  “Lee 1,” was rescued from an Atlanta area junkyard where it had sat for 23 years. It was restored to its pre-jump condition by Travis Bell in 2006 and taken back to the site of the original jump on the campus of Oxford College. In 2012 the vehicle was auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, bringing in $121,000.  The “General Lee” on public display, one of several Dodge Charger automobiles used in the filming of the American television series, “The Dukes of Hazzard”, 1979-1985. – The original uploader was Schmendrick at English Wikipedia –

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