Featuring its shining orange color and the “drifting and jumping” driving style of Bo and Luke Duke, General Lee quickly became an icon of its time. Seen between 1979 and 1985 in “The Dukes of Hazzard” television series, General Lee (often simply referred as “the General”) is a modified 1969 Dodge Charger which features a Confederate flag on its roof (symbol of the indomable spirit of indipendence of many southern US States), welded shut doors (which forced the Duke cousins to jump in and out through the windows), American Racing Vector 8×15” or 8.5×15” alloy rims, and a horn which plays the first twelve notes of the song “Dixie”, an anthem for the Southern United States.
The original Dodge Charger was one of Chrysler Group Dodge’s most famous “muscle cars”, first appeared in 1964. It is considered a sort of answer Dodge had to give to the market, after Pontiac introduced its GTO, one of the first muscle cars, in 1964. Other examples of cars which entered the market during the same period are Buick Gran Sport and Oldsmobile 442. Also, Dodge had to create a car which could match the performance of Barracuda, produced by Plymouth, another Chrysler division. So we can assume competition was one of the factors which made Dodge engineers willing to enter the market with their “Mustang-type” muscle car.
After a couple of years of testing and concept presentations, Dodge Charger entered the market in 1966 and started a legacy wich is still alive today. Today’s Charger versions are considered subcompact hatchbacks, full-sized sedans and personal luxury coupes.