General Lee Jump Cars Found Rotting Away In Georgia Junkyard
This is sad to see. AutoEvolution posted photos of a junkyard in Georgia found packed to the brim with General Lees jump cars, some rusting away, and some completely gutted.
As far as TV cars, the “Dukes Of Hazzard” General Lee is probably as iconic as it gets. It’s easily a gearhead favorite so to see the vehicles used in the film sit and rust away is tough.
The cars in the movie were definitely put through the paces. It’s estimated that around 300 Dodge Chargers were destroyed while 18 were kept in good enough shape for appearances after the movie premiered. So it’s not completely surprising to find some tossed away like this.
In fact, the movie car was so popular that people who found old Charger shells started turning them into stunt cars and jumping them. So, while these appear identical, these “jump cars” don’t come from the original lot.
After some research, the cars are said to belong to stuntman Raymond Kohn and the “Northeast Ohio Dukes”. They do various reenactment stunts that lead to the destruction of such stunt cars. They also claim that the vehicles pictured are what’s left after many collectors have passed them along.
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However, there are many fans who will argue the potential value of such Chargers, even as rusty bare shells. Is taking them and putting them through stunts like this a bad call? Should they be restored and valued or loved and abused?