The TV Series “Dukes of Hazzard” Had To Do Aerial Searches For Replacement Cars

By 1983, the General Lee — an orange 1969 Dodge Charger — had become the highlight of the WB series Dukes of Hazzard. Because of the fame of the car, WB had their staff mechanics build the cars to a specific appearance. All graphics had to meet specifications, all side markers and rocker panel chrome trim were removed, and roll bars and push bars had to meet an exact specification. As the WB era rolled on, finding replacement cars became more and more difficult. In fact, it became so hard to find Chargers that WB hired Piper Cubs to perform aerial searches for 1968 and 1969 Dodge Chargers. The cars on set were no longer scrapped after one jump if they were deemed salvageable, but were repaired and used until they could no longer function. As a last resort, miniature radio-controlled models were brought in toward the end of the series to replace most of the big jump stunts.