Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Bo's "General Lee" up for bid on eBay

Well, it appears that John Schneider, Bo Duke himself, is auctioning off one of his models of the General Lee, "the most famous car in television history," according to TV Land. John created the model himself and has used it over the last 10 years in races, charity events, and movies.

Go here if you'd like to bid....if you have a few bucks in the bank. It closes on May 4th at 10:02 am Pacific Time.

I can see the feedback now...."Looks like it's been in a few wrecks, the suspension is shot, and the doors don't even open!"

5/1/07: As of 11:00 pm EST, the car has 59 bids with the current price at $2,302,100.00.
5/2/07: As of 11:45 pm EST, the car has 60 bids with the current price of $2,302,300.00.
5/3/07: As of 10:00 pm EST, the car has 71 bids with the current price of $9,900,100.00.
5/4/07: As of 1:02 pm EST, the car ended with 61 bids (some were deleted for dishonest bidding) and sold for $9,900,500.00 .

‘Dukes of Hazzard’ car fetches nearly $10 mil
Version of the General Lee was sold for $9,900,500 on eBay
The Associated Press
Updated: 8:44 p.m. ET May 4, 2007

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A version of the General Lee — a 1969 Dodge Charger made famous in the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard” — fetched a winning bid of nearly $10 million Friday in an online auction.

If the bidder comes through with cash or financing for the $9,900,500 price, the car will be the most expensive item ever sold by eBay Inc., company spokeswoman Catherine England said.

Actor John Schneider, who played the blond heartthrob Bo Duke in the show, sold the car, which was not featured in the original show but carries the signatures of the cast.

Schneider, 47, said Friday that he expected bidding for the orange coupe, which has “01” on the doors and is emblazoned with the Confederate flag, to go for $3 million at most.

“In my wildest dreams, two people would get into a bidding war at about $2.5 million ... and I would have been delighted with that. However, I’m three times as delighted as that now,” he laughed.

All the living original cast members and crew from the show, which started in 1979, signed their autographs under the hood of the car. It was also featured in the movie “Dukes Go To Hollywood,” and Schneider raced it in The Silver State Classic Challenge in Nevada.

The actor said he would use the money to help produce a sequel to his 2006 movie “Collier & Co.”

“I think I’ll go on vacation first and then make the movie,” said Schneider, who after “Dukes” acted on Broadway and had roles on shows including “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” “This is really, really quite amazing.”

When bidding escalated this week, customer service representatives at San Jose, Calif.-based eBay called Schneider and recommended he take bids only from pre-qualified eBay customers who could confirm financing and provide other details. Although all eBay bids are considered a legally binding contract, the transaction isn’t official.

E-mails to the winning bidder, who uses the screen name “Fishbashr1” and beat out 60 other bids, went unanswered on Friday afternoon.

“The way it works is the money and vehicle swap hands between buyer and seller, but until we hear from buyer and seller we have no way of verifying whether the transaction happened,” England said.

The current eBay record sale is $4.9 million for a private jet several years ago.

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