15 Dec 2012

Spotted - Dodge Charger General Lee

Any petrol head of a certain age (brought up in the 70s or 80s) would love to own a General Lee.  OK it might not look as cool on the rainy roads of Reading or Runcorn as it did on the dusty highways of Hazzard County but the combination of a huge 1969 Dodge Charger with it's bright orange paint scheme, 01 on the doors, confederate flag on the roof and the 7.3 litre V8 throwing out a soundtrack to die for you can't help but look cool* - wherever you are.

One such car has come up for £55,000 on eBay.  It's a 1969 Dodge Charger 440 RT SE.  The owner bought it in California from the original owner, brought it back to the UK and spent 5 years giving it a ground up restoration.  The paintwork looks red in the photos but the seller assures us it's the 'correct bright orange'.  He also points out that the flag and numbers are painted, rather than being stickers.

This General Lee is listed as only having done 2500 miles.  Presumably that is since the restoration.

If you've £55,000 burning a hole in your pocket and have been after a mint condition American muscle car then this certainly ticks all the boxes.  You've got to be slightly deranged (and an exhibitionist) to spend that much money on a General Lee but if we had so much money it didn't matter, we all would.  Wouldn't we?

There is an issue though.  It's not a 100% faithful restoration.  The doors on this car open whereas the Dukes of Hazzard's General Lee had the doors welded shut to increase stiffness.  Tut tut

The actual text with the advert is so brief it's not worth reproducing.  Here's the link to the ad and the pictures are below.

Yeeeee haaaaaaawww!

*or a pillock, depending on your viewpoint