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The Cars

General Lee

The General Lee, sometimes referred to as simply “the General” is the name given to a 1969 Dodge Charger driven by the Duke boys, Bo and Luke, along with cousins Coy and Vance (in season 5). It is known for its signature horn, its police chases, stunts—especially its long jumps—and for having its doors welded shut, leaving the Dukes to climb in and out through the windows. The car appears in every episode but one (#4 “Mary Kaye’s Baby”). The car’s name is a reference to American Civil War general Robert E. Lee. It bears a rebel flag on its roof, and also has a horn which plays the first twelve notes of the song “Dixie”.

The idea for the General Lee was developed from the bootlegger Jerry Rushing’s car, which was named for Lee’s favorite horse, Traveller. Traveller was also the name of the car in Moonrunners, the 1975 movie precursor to The Dukes of Hazzard.

Rosco’s Patrol Car

A 1974 AMC Matador was one of many different Hazzard County police cars used on the series, mostly in the first season; they had light bars and working radios. A 1970 Dodge Polara and a 1975 Dodge Monaco were used during the pilot episode “One Armed Bandits”, these were also seen in the shows title sequence. From the second season, the 1977 Dodge Monaco was mostly used. From mid season four the similar looking 1978 Plymouth Fury was used instead.

Daisy’s Roadrunner

A 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner (yellow with a black stripe) was used by Daisy Duke in the first five episodes of the first season. For the last episodes of the first season and the second season, a similarly painted 1972 Plymouth Satellite with a matching “Road Runner” stripe was used until Bo and Luke sent it off a cliff in “The Runaway” after the brakes failed. At the end of that episode, she is given her Golden Eagle Jeep “Dixie” (Due to the episodes being broadcast in a different order from that in which they were filmed, the Plymouth made several returns after it was supposedly destroyed).

Daisy’s Dixie Jeep

Dixie was the name given to Daisy Duke’s trademark white 1980 Jeep CJ-7 “Golden Eagle” which had a Golden Eagle emblem on the hood and the name “Dixie” on the sides. Like other vehicles in the show, there was actually more than one Jeep used throughout the series. Sometimes it would have an automatic transmission, and other times it would be a manual. The design of the roll-cage also varied across the seasons. When the Jeep was introduced at the end of the second season’s “The Runaway”, it was seen to have doors and a slightly different paint-job, but from thereafter the doors were removed and the paint-job was made all-white, with ‘Dixie’ painted on the sides of the hood. These Jeeps were leased to the producers of the show by American Motors Corporation in exchange for a brief mention in the closing credits of the show.

Jesse’s Pickup Truck

Uncle Jesse’s Truck, a white Ford Pickup truck, most commonly a Sixth generation (1973–1977) F100 Styleside. However, in the earliest episodes it had a Flareside bed, and varied between F100 and F250 models throughout the show’s run. Bo, Luke and Daisy also drove Jesse’s truck on occasion.

Boss Hogg’s Cadillac

Boss Hogg’s Cadillac, a white 1970 Cadillac De Ville convertible, with large bull horns for a hood ornament. While in earlier seasons a chauffeur (normally nameless, but identified on occasion as being called “Alex”; and played by several different uncredited actors) drove it, in later years, Hogg became the car’s principal driver and frequently challenged others by invoking his driving expertise from his days as a ridge-runner. Unlike other vehicles in the series, Boss Hogg’s Cadillac is typically treated with kid gloves.

 

 


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