There are few cars as iconic as General Lee, the bright orange Dodge Charger of Bo and Luke Duke, better known as the Duke Boys from the hit television program The Dukes of Hazard. It's an often-replicated piece of TV history, but not every General Lee you see is correct. John Schnieder, who played Bo, has posted a YouTube video in his channel, in which he breaks down the five mistakes he sees in General Lee cloning by showing off his own clone.
If the video proves one, the details are crucial. One mistake that Schnieder often sees is the wrong interior color. The orange Lee never had a black interior – it was always light brown. He also saw clones with a mirror on the passenger side that the TV car did not have. This is one way to tell the difference between a 1968 and a 1969 model. Another mistake he often sees is an orange back wall around the taillights – it should be black. Another small detail that many clones misunderstand is the word "fuel" on the cap. There are many missing.
While Schnieder explores all the details to look for when reviewing a General Lee clone, he finds that there is no wrong way to create one. Even his General Lee clone lacks some details of the myriad cars used in the show. He has no roll cage because he offers rides, and navigating in a coupe to a roll-over car would be downright angry for rear passengers. His car also has the wrong steering wheel.
Schnieder also talks about the magic behind the scenes of the show. The white used for the flag on Lee's roof was not painted, but was often a white band of medical fabric that outlined the contrasting colors. The bush rod at the front grew after the first five episodes when the crew began using them during the shoot. More details came and went as the show became popular. The production had to make sure that the car was easy to duplicate, with 13 General Lee Chargers ready for their fifteen-minute celebrity from a possibly damaged death at any point during production.