The General Lee 1969 Charger

This 1969 muscle car was used to be named as the most recognizable car in the world. Well, we believe this may be true in the USA, because it was used in famous TV series The Dukes of Hazzard [1979-1985].
The Dodge Charger was named General Lee after Confederate general Robert E. Lee and was painted in flat orange color. It had the picture of Confederate battle flag on the roof, “01? number and its name on each door. The doors were welded shut and the windows were always open – in order to perform chases and stunt jumps [in almost every episode]. It also ment that the Duke  cousins had to climb in /out through windows.  The horn sounded like anthem Dixie [Confederate States].
318, 383, 440 V8 engines varied in the show although the official one was 383 cubic. 440-cubic powered engines usually were used for the higher and longer jumps. The exhaust was basic, mostly with the pipe cut right before the rear end.

There also was The Dukes of Hazzard movie [2005] where some changes to the Charger were made. Cooter repaired General Lee after it was vandalized by Boss Hogg’s guys – he repainted it in a bright orange, replaced the engine with a Hemi, added Vector 10-spoke “turbine” wheels, redesigned the “01? number, added black grille and “General Lee” text right above the door.

The WCC guys also did a new Charger into something that’s have a lot in common with General Lee – 4-doors saloon was converted into 2-door coupe, the body was painted in orange, the roof had a flag and both doors had “01?. Nice and modern interpretation.. Just like a few more others.

John Rosatti: A Passion for the Corvette Sting Ray

sting-ray

Of all the classic Corvettes to ever hit the market, perhaps none are as recognizable as the second generation Corvette Sting Ray. Sometimes confused in name with the third generation Stingray or the earlier racer, the C2 series (’63-’67) is considered by many to be some of the greatest muscle cars in Corvette history, admired for their mighty engines and stylistic originality. Conceived by William Bill Mitchell, the Chevy Corvette Sting Ray is a true sports car in both design and performance.

Stylistically the C2 series is known for its unique features, including retractable headlamps, pointed fenders, and bulging hood, many of which were borrowed from the earlier Stingray racer. But design features were not the only thing borrowed, and as the years progressed so did the Sting Ray’s engine power and other performance modifications. 1963 gave us the first Sting Ray coupe with independent rear suspension, fuel injection system, and a split rear window, which was changed to a single pane window in ’64. In 1965, we saw 4 wheel disc brakes, side exhausts, and the 396 cid “big block” V8 offered. The 427 cid, along with specialized bulging hood to accommodate it, became available in ’66. And in ’67, the Sting Ray’s bulging hood was converted to a scooped hood with 5-louver fenders. For the C2 series, however, the ’67 L88 472 cid 560 hp V8 remains among the most prized. Built strictly for racing, only 20 were ever made.

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