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Dodge Charger – Dukes of Hazzard

Published: 20 October 2008

Ranking: 18       

Year of release: 1964.

The car: Dodge Charger.

Why it’s special: General Lee and the Duke cousins brought back to life on the big screen in the best modern-day car chase.

Best bit: Bo Duke (as he drifts the General Lee endlessly around a roundabout): ‘What’s the purpose of this circle?’

Pub fact: Nearly 30 Dodge Chargers were used in the movie but over 300 for the television series – most were wrecked. 

Plot overview: Makin’ their way the only way they know how (that’s just a little bit more than the law will allow) the irrepressible Duke Boys (Knoxville and Scott), aided and abetted by Cousin Daisy (Simpson) and Uncle Jessie (Willy Nelson), run predictable rings around Boss Hogg (Reynolds) and his hapless cronies

For: Three amazing chase sequences and Jessica’s Simpson’s hotpants.

Against: You either love or hate the General Lee’s horn.

CAR verdict: The big screen adaptation of the Dukes of Hazzard made a new generation of men want to weld up their car’s doors – for that reason alone we love it.

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By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy