Thursday, August 13, 2020

Time Travel

The Dukes of Hazzard hit the television in 1979, and the Duke boys' famous General Lee was a 1969 Dodge Charger, then a ten-year-old model.

The Charger nameplate itself was a year in the grave when the CBS series debuted, having last been seen on a plush-bottomed Thunderbird/Monte Carlo competitor that was a badge-engineered Chrysler Cordoba (or the Cordoba was a vice versa...).*

If the series were to be launched today, the Charger would be a current production sedan and Roscoe and Enos would be driving AWD 5.7L Hemi-powered Chargers with LED light bars, while the Duke boys' ten-year-old conveyance would be a tarted-up one of these:

*For the last couple years the series was on the air, you could again walk into a Dodge dealership and buy a Charger, albeit the nameplate was now affixed to a 4-cylinder FWD hatchback built on Chrysler's L-platform. This was derived from the Simca-Talbot Horizon and also undergirded the fuel crisis inspired Plymouth Horizon/Dodge Omni econoboxes. No word if you could get one with a Tricoloure on the roof and a horn that played La Marseillaise.