An Original General Lee Goes to Auction

 

Many of you know Jalen Rose as one of basketballs greatest players. From his college days at Michigan as one of the infamous “Fab Five” to his 13-year professional NBA career with the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers. He was a natural athlete on the hardwood floors and his style would influence future players.

 

After he left the court he became an ESPN/ABC studio analyst along with hosting many NBA related shows. He also wanted to give back to the community and begun working on the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy which is slated to open in September of this year. The JRLA is a grade 9-12 college-prep charter high school in Northwest Detroit. Its mission is to provide leadership and a focused experience within a high-performing environment that engages and inspires Detroit youth.  The structure is very rigorous and its goal is to give the students the tools they need to prepare them for a college degree.

 

Jalen’s so committed to see his dream become a reality that he will auction up his prized 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee on eBay.  This is not a replica but one of the few Chargers that survived the numerous chases, jumps and crashes from the famed TV show The Dukes of Hazzard. Jalen made to some minor cosmetic tweaks to the car and removed the Confederate flag from the roof and changed the numbers on the doors to “05″ in honor of his playing number. Bo Duke himself, John Schneider and Jalen autographed the underside of the hood.

“The ‘General Lee’ is one of the most well known cars in American television history,” said Jalen. “I am proud to own such an esteemed car, but it means so much more to benefit the lives of Detroit youth with the launch of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy this coming September. Funding for schools is essential to their overall success, and I saw the auction of the General Lee as a key way to help raise money and awareness for the school.”

 

The auction will get underway on May 23rd, and the car will be listed with an opening bid of $45,000. You can get more information now by checking out the following link:  http://bit.ly/GeneralLeeAuction4JRLA. This is a no-reserve auction with the proceeds going to the JRLA. So if you want one of the few surviving General Lees and support a great cause, head over to eBay for more information on both the car and Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.

 


  • SUBLIME

    That is a nice gesture.  I hope they raise a lot of money for the Academy.  Too bad it doesn’t have a big block in it, but it is one of four.  What are all those black vacuum canisters for, the horn?  Anyway, good luck with the auction… nice looking ride and a part of history that will live forever.

  • moparman

    I agree, this is a nice gesture, and I hope he gets a good price for it. That said, He probably would have gotten mroe money for it if it was still a “general lee”.

    Now it’s a “longboy”……I’m not even gonna guess what that’s a reference too…..

    I wish people would get a clue about the flag. It’s a confederate navy jack, ie was used on navy ships. The square version was the Virginia battle flag.

    Neither of them were ever THE confederate flag.

    Not sure where you get the “one of four” thing from. There were 17 original “general lee” cars sold by Warner Brothers after the show ended. They were all sold as a group to a group of buyers, some taking one, some taking more than one. Also, one more was restored after it was found still sitting in a wrecking yard in Georgia a few years ago.

    Warner Brothers kept two additional general lee cars for their own use. So that would be 20 that I know of, although there are now rumors of another one that was purchased, but never painted and used. One of the stunt guys had or has it.

    If that car was one of the 17, ti would have been worth quite a bit in it’s original condition. With any luck, the buyer will restore it to general lee status.

  • Rick

    Great cause. I hope it sells well. Anyone who has the coin to buy it, at what I am sure is going to be huge price, will also have the money to do with it, whatever they want. One of those things I am sure would be to return it to its original factory specs or make it into a more accurate representation of the General Lee. Good for them regardless!
    I wonder if all the cars in that picture are Jalens?

  • Tony D

    yes that is correct, i believe it was the charger club, with the express intent they could not sell them
    it should be listed in an old edition of mopar collectors guide

  • NeonNites

    I believe the center section of the dash should be beige as well.  A friend of mine had a tan Charger with a tan interior and it was all tan/beige. Order a new interior from Legendary, repaint the flag and number one on it and remove the “long boy” (pretty offensive) and you will be good to go.  The steel braide on all the hoses and wiring would have to go as well.  Find a 440 or slap a HEMI crate motor in it and that would be better yet.  Oh well, it is for a good cause so I hope they get a lot of money for it.