H ang onto your hats folks! Bo Duke’s very own version of the iconic “General Lee” that was recently placed up for sale on the popular online auction site eBay has received a record top bid of $9,900,500.
Go ahead and rub your eyes; you read the amount correctly, nearly $10 million ‘ making it one of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction. And, according to eBay spokesperson Catherine England, once the transaction has been finalized, the car would be the most expensive item ever sold on the popular auction site.
The auction closed around 1 p.m. Friday, May 4, and was viewed by more than 1 million potential bidders.
While this particular car only made a brief appearance in the television series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” the modified 1969 Dodge Charger, with the distinction of being owned by the actor who portrayed Bo Duke in the original series, was used in the 2000 TV movie “The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood.”
Far from being a stock ’69 Charger, John Schneider’s car currently has a 511-cid crate engine under its hood that produces approximately 725 hp of stump-yanking muscle, Dodge Viper brake system and a custom roll cage. True to its dust-churning image, this car was personally driven by Schneider in a number of road rallies and celebrity races.
Now, before you give up your dream of owning John Schneider’s personal copy of the “General Lee,” Ms. England cautioned that it would take a few days to confirm the winning bid.
“Right now, we are in a wait-and-see position,” said Ms. England. “Once our support team recognized the amount of attention this auction was generating, we worked with the seller to implement precautions to avoid any potential problems. But, ultimately, the transaction is between the seller and the buyer. Although, we hope to hear from the seller once the transaction has been completed to let us know that things went smoothly.”
It is unclear how long it may take to confirm the validity of the winning bid.
An attempt earlier in the week to run-up the bidding drove the price up over $6 million, forcing eBay officials to disqualify several of the bids and require future bidders to register before bidding.
According to a published interview on CNN.com, Schneider decided to sell the car to help finance production of a sequel to “Collier & Co., Hot Pursuit,” a limited-release film he directed, distributed and starred in.