In yet another sign of the redneck apocalypse--and an excuse for Gen Xers raised on CBS’ formidable lineup of the Dukes of Hazzard, Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk to get all sarcastically teary-eyed--one of the General Lees used in the filming of the TV series and owned by “Bo Duke,” actor John Schneider, is hitting the auction block.
Schneider’s ’69 Charger is up for grabs at January’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., and will be sold at no reserve after it had been offered online through eBay for $9.9 million, in a bidding war where (surprise!) the winner backed out. The car sports a 725-horsepower, 511-cid V-8 and carries the lot number #1321. Part of the proceeds of the auction will go to Schneider’s favorite charity, Cure Autism Now.
Schneider, billed in a press release as a “true Renaissance man,” hasn’t been seen designing futuristic flying machines or crafting works of perfectly balanced chiaroscuoro, but he has appeared in a bunch of Broadway plays, along with F/X’s Nip/Tuck, and is Billy Flynn in the current production of Chicago.
What the hell - go on over to Cooter’s place, then reminisce with Schneider about the filming of the series: