Nowadays, the younger generation doesn't understand, or has never even heard of, the once beloved T.V. show, The Dukes of Hazzard. With the recent societal changes we've experienced, the program ended up getting completely booted off of the networks, as well; caused by accusations of racial undertones. Regardless of whether these statements are true or not, it can't take away from the real star of the show: The General Lee.

The General Lee is as paramount to classic car culture as the Back to the Future DeLorean, Night Rider Firebird, the Gone in 60 Seconds Eleanor Shelby, and so on. However, since the show is absent from cable and is only getting older, a lot of the once die-hard fans may have forgotten a lot about what they loved, specifically the cool facts associated with The General Lee.

To bring The General Lee back into the spotlight, as well as remind everyone of its greatness, here are some things you may have let slip your mind about The Dukes of Hazzard's General Lee...

No Chargers For California

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Filming a show like The Dukes of Hazzard takes several things, chiefly courage (for the intense stunts) and pockets deeper than most millionaires. Thankfully, Hollywood has all of those things and more, but an 'economic wrench' got thrown into the works during 1970.

The outlandish racing, crashes, and jumps are awesome on-screen, however, they require a LOT of donor cars to use once another had been totaled. As you'd expect, The Dukes of Hazzard ended up going through 1969 Dodge Chargers like a smoker goes through cigarettes. Eventually, there was a shortage of Chargers available to the crew, along with the general consumer.

Whilst shooting in California, the state (at one point) was almost devoid of Chargers for sale. The number of authentic Dodge Chargers used for production are around 300 or so, with over 1,000 kit cars built, too.

Breakin' Records & Flattening Hills

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Both The Dukes of Hazzard and The General Lee managed to break countless records during their time. Though, this isn't just in terms of viewer-count, profit, or heritage, but performance records, too!

To understand how The General Lee broke the then-best vehicle jump, you first need to know what's under the hood. "Movie magic" can make slow things look fast, but that wasn't necessary for the Charger. Powered by a 440-block V8 (pumping out 370+ horsepower) and a ton of mods for the 'Special Edition,' the on-screen Chargers we're nothing to raise your nose at.

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Is It Really A Charger?

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Anybody who understands Hollywood and film production more broadly is well aware of the use of "kit cars" or "fakes." For the beauty-shots, real cars are filmed to capture their unique figure. Later, they're swapped out for cheaper lookalikes as to (1) save money and (2) have tons to use later on.

The Dukes of Hazzard, though, was in an interesting position when filming the original program. At the time, kit cars weren't much less than an actual Charger. So, naturally, the producers bought as many as they could, but the resulting shortage of models (mentioned above) was troublesome.

The solution was to do what everyone else does: use kit cars. The base was an AMC Ambassador with exterior modifications to closer replicate a '69 Dodge Charger. The use of these AMC Ambassadors ended up saving the lives of thousands of Chargers.

There's No Malice

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If you Google anything about The Dukes of Hazzard today, the first articles you'll encounter will probably reference the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag on The General Lee's roof. People are quick to jump to conclusions of racism or hatred, when, in reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

The General Lee is an icon. Not just for the simple fact of being on TV, but also that it developed a generation of car enthusiasts as a result. The only reason the Confederate flag is on their is because of the show's cannon location. The characters were southern, ergo, they would likely be proud of their heritage in some fashion. The intent was, clearly, to make a good looking sports car that gave the audience a touch of Southern life.

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