This 1968 Dodge Charger Survived The Dukes Of Hazzard Film Set And Is Ready For A Gentler Life With A New Owner
Car fans of a certain age will fondly remember the antics of cousins Bo and Luke in the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, which first aired back in January 1979,. Core to the show’s appeal was their bright orange accomplice, a 1969 Dodge Charger. Over the course of six seasons, it is estimated that over 300 Chargers met their demise, and prices of good used examples rose by such an extent that scale models ended up being used in later stunt scenes.
The Charger you see here is actually a 1968 model—many were converted to look like 1969 cars over the years—and this example was used in the 2005 feature-length Dukes of Hazzard film. It has been fitted with an Edelbrock four-barrel carb, automatic transmission, B&M ratchet shifter and rollcage. The interior is largely stripped out and it bears the scars of the rigors of filming both inside and out, the labels Pre Hero#2 and Hero Stunt#1 stuck on various body panels hint at the roles this Charger was tasked with on set.
This car will be offered in post-film condition at the upcoming RM Sotheby’s Auburn Spring Auction taking place between 29 May and 1 June. It comes with a Warner Bros Certificate of Authenticity and a California vehicle registration under Warner Bros ownership. Potential bidders wishing to recreate their favorite Dukes of Hazzard scene should note that’s estimated to sell for between $80,000 and $100,000.
Images courtesy of RM Sotheby’s