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real or not?i have been trying to buy this car for nearly 10 years.it has sat so long that trees are growing through the engine compartment.at one time it was told by a prior owner that he purchased it from warner bros and had the paperwork but after being passed back and forth 10 years ago between 3 owners it got lost. notice the lack of the roll bar [episode 2,daisys song? edit.... ok wont post a pic..how do i do that so you guys can look at it?

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ok here we go, I'll consult with my club see what they think. There are ways to tell if it's the real deal or not most real Lees were numbered either in the front drivers corner by the vin number like LEE 1 or Lee 22 or some were numbered in the back glass somewhere engraved. charger4.jpgcharger3.jpgcharger2.jpgcharger1.jpg

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Can't reply to that question.That's the problem it seems the person or persons who have it are reluctant on selling.The consensus from my club is it is NOT a genuine TV used General but a very old well done replica.

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I agree cooter, that just makes me cry. Mind you if I found one, i would get it. just would be hard to restore with all the parts I'd have to buy.

I don't care how rusted it is, but I want one that has all the body parts at least! :wink:

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Haven't been on here in forever but after trying without any success to buy this car it did get trade off a few year back to a friend of mine who is a diehard Mopar guy. He had been in contact with someone who was involved with the original cars regarding them looking at it but I do not think that ever happened. He did send the pictures to the guy who painted the flag and stuff on the originals who verified that the work on this car was his but as far as I know that is all that has happened.

Once again I am back to trying to purchase this car but the current owner is reluctant to price it until he has someone involved with the building of the originals look at it to either verify or deny that it is one of the original cars.

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I made a deal to purchase the car a few hours ago and will be picking it up this weekend. It is in pretty sad shape from all the years it sat in the woods and the drivers door is missing but it does have the original 01 painted passenger door back on it. I'll take some updated pictures once it is loaded on the trailer. Larry West who painted the original cars has verified with the guy I purchased it from that it was indeed one of the cars he painted the flag on as well as the doors.

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Btw in looking at my orig pics I think the first car with the doors on it was a different car as I don't recall the Lee car having either door on it when I looked at it as they had pulled them and they were in the shop. The drivers door has since vanished. The other car was all orange as well and was the reason the owner 2 owners ago purchased the Lee car to use it as a parts car for the other one. Go figure....

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Good to hear you we're finally able to buy it. :tup:

So your planning on restoring it or using parts of it? :wink:

For now it will go behind the shop and get covered up as I have a bunch of other projects going right now. I haven't looked the car over well enough yet or even looked into parts costs but after 20 years of trying to buy it I wasn't letting it get away. It is in sad shape but I have had worse fixed so I think it is definitely savable but no immediate plans for it.

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the rust at the rear makes me think it is the Charger who did the jump in the Hazzard in Hollywood movie, but I can't image that the chassis is so unbend after that jump. :(

you say someone named Larry West painted it, was he working from the Dukes at the time or something? I don't think I've heard of him.

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the rust at the rear makes me think it is the Charger who did the jump in the Hazzard in Hollywood movie, but I can't image that the chassis is so unbend after that jump. :(

you say someone named Larry West painted it, was he working from the Dukes at the time or something? I don't think I've heard of him.

This car has been in this area for over 25 years so not one of the movie cars although it does appear to either have been jumped or ran into a ditch. The factory collapse zone in the trans tunnel is buckled and the front end is up and over.

Larry West owned a sign company here in Georgia and was the one who painted the graphics on the Georgia built cars for Warner Brothers.

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Oh, so it is one of five Original Georgia General Lee's?! :o If thats the case it's pretty amazing!

That is what we are trying to establish as the word for years is that it was but there are too many versions of the story going around after 30 years. Even the information on the internet is conflicting on the "found" cars all the way to what those that worked on the cars have said versus looking at clips of the cars themselves.

I am still trying to figure out just how many Ga cars there were as one source states there were 3 brought out from Ca and 3 built in Ga which would make 6 total. Of those 3 were returned and based on them finding Lee 1 in Ga that would leave one to think that 2 of the Ca built cars and 1 Ga built car were returned leaving 2 missing Ga cars. Second hand information from Don before his passing said there were 4 cars built in Ga and he felt one of the cars that had already surfaced may have been a clone even though it has been accepted as the real thing.

I've sent messages to Ben Jones and Jon Schneider about this car to see if they will reply. One thing that I think might stand out and be remembered is that there is a "fasten seat belts" decal that looks like it has been added to the bottom of the speedometer but on the lense itself. A good friend of mine came over yesterday and looked the car over hard and he also looked Lee 1 over hard when it was at SEMA and he feels the car is real as well. He has a lot of industry contacts so he is beating the bushes as well.

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modracer - It's great that you finally got to own this General Lee.  It may very well turn out to be a real screen used car.  The fact that Larry West verified it was one of the cars he painted is a good sign it's the real deal.

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Hey do you have any update to this Lee? Is this a 69 or 68. What was the original color? Is there any sign from where a roll cage was welded to the floor? The 3 chargers that went back to Ca were Lee 3 and the 2 68s built in Ga. So if this is real its either Lee 2 or its the High Octane Lee. From the lack of crash damage to the rear, if it is authentic it has to be Lee 2.

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