The First General Lee - LEE 1



General Lee No. 1 was built by Warner Brothers in California and was transported to Covington, GA where it jumped Rosco's police car in episode No. 1, One Armed Bandits, on Saturday, November 11th, 1978 in front of Seney Hall at Oxford College, Georgia. This jump is seen in the opening credits of every episode except the Coy and Vance episodes. As this was the only General Lee to have chrome rocker panels, it's easily identifiable. Before it was jumped at Oxford College, it was seen turning into the Boar's Nest parking lot and then again having a broken slot machine loaded into the trunk and racing around Oxford College square. This jump is also featured on the front of the American Muscle 1:18 scale die-cast General Lee box, the back of the Ertl 1:24 scale die-cast General Lee box, tee-shirts, a poster, and the three newly released Ertl three-car case sets.

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This is what General Lee No. 1 looked like after landing, and within a week the car had its doors, grill, tail light panel, and trunk removed.

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It was then repainted Bluish/Green and had new doors and a trunk lid mounted back on it. Larry West applied the 71 on the doors and roof. He also put the name 'John Merinda' on the roof who was one of the original transportation directors. The sides of the car were scraped up with cinder blocks to give it the"wrecked" appearance and given stock car wheels supplied by Pete Hamilton (1970 Daytona 500 winner).  From this point, the car was used as the Richard Petty race car that was wrecked while filming a tire commercial in Hazzard County in episode No. 4, Repo Men, where it was 1 of 11 used cars for sale at Ace's Clean Used Car lot, and then being pulled by the General on a trailer with Cooter riding in it.

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While on tour with the Dukes of Hazzard Reunion Tour 2000, Gary Schneider and Travis Bell, co-presidents and founders of the North American General Lee Fan Club, locate the car in the Southern United States on October 10, 2000.  The car is identified as "LEE 1" with a lable next to the VIN on the dash. (Seen in photo No. 34) It also has half of a yellow parking sticker from a school in Los Angeles in the front window on the passenger side.

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On August 12th, 2001, Gary Schneider and Travis Bell returned to the Southern United States to rescue this car from 23 years of neglect, 8310 days after the car first jumped in front of Seney Hall. Special thanks goes to John & Michelle Parnell for assisting in the rescue. The car now resides in the Midwest and will be preserved in its present condition.

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Added some gold slot rims and cleaned out the inside.

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