While Luke and Bo were the stars of the series, the show wouldn’t have lived without a little bit of help. And this help came from where some least expected it: the cars the Dukes and all the other characters drove.
As a bit of trivia information, the General Lee received quite a few (to say the least) fan letters over the course of the years. If I would give an average number, then this would be around 35 thousand per month. You do the math and see how many letters a car received.
Obviously, General Lee (a 1969 Dodge Charger) wasn’t the only car featured in the Dukes of Hazzard. Dixie was another famous car driven by Daisy Duke. A 1980 Jeep CJ-7, the car had a golden eagle emblem on the hood and the word Dixie written on both sides of the car (thus its name). Of course, just like in the case of General Lee, more than one 1980 Jeep CJ-7 was used during the entire series.
But Daisy didn’t start with this car, since in the first 5 episodes of the first season she drove a Plymouth Road Runner. The car was yellow and had black stripes and was dropped after these 5 episodes. However, in the ending of the first season, a Plymouth Satellite (with the same stripes) was sent off a cliff by the brothers. The scene was repeated at the end of the second season.
Uncle Jesse drove in the beginning of Dukes of Hazzard a Ford Flareside, while later on in the show he switched to a sixth generation F100 Styleside. This Ford found on several occasions Bo, Luke and Daisy behind the wheel.
Boss Hogg drove a white 1970 Cadillac de Ville, completed with bull horns on the hood. A convertible, it had behind the wheel (especially in the first seasons) a chauffeur. The car can be seen with its top up only in two episodes (Daisy’s Song and Witness for the Persecution).
The police from Dukes of Hazzard drove mainly 1975 AMC Matador models. However, the pilot of the show also features a 1972 Dodge Polara and a 1974 Dodge Monaco. Starting from the 2nd season, the Monaco model was used more often, while starting from the 4th season 1978 Plymouth Fury models began being used.
Of course, among the cars, the General Lee was the star. Up to 220 cars were destroyed during the 7 seasons of the Dukes of Hazzard, the end of the show being survived only by 18 models. Obviously, after 5 years the studio decided to sell 17 of them to private collectors.