John Schneider’s General Lee Dodge Charger up for auction

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Over 150 years after it was first adopted, the Confederate flag is disappearing from license plates, state-legislature flagpoles, and even toy cars across the American South. While some are ready to bury those Stars and Bars forever as a symbol of racism and slavery, others will miss them as an emblem of freedom. Regardless of where you stand, the emergence of this particular vehicle on the auction block couldn’t have come at a more poignant time.

It’s a 1969 Dodge Charger, and as you can see it’s been done up just like the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard. While it may not be one of the cars used in the original television series, it’s not without its provenance. The vehicle is the last of four that were customized by John Schneider, the actor who – long after the rebel flag ceases to fly – will forever be remembered for his portrayal of Bo Duke on that timeless television show.

It’s painted orange, emblazoned with the number 01 on the doors, the words “Bo’s General Lee” above each window, and that controversial flag on the roof. It also features signatures and messages inscribed by Schneider, as well as by Sonny Shroyer (who played Deputy Enos Strate on the show), and by sportscaster and former pro basketball player Jalen Rose who once owned the car. It appeared alongside Schneider in commercials and films, and in the pages of the Mopar Collector’s Guide. Now it’s set to be sold off to the highest bidder this weekend by Invaluable Auctions and Julien’s Auctions, where it’s expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 – assuming the latest controversies don’t hinder its chances.

[Source: Autoblog]
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