Can you guess what it is? I’ll give you a hint. It has four wheels, two doors, a Confederate flag, and is a wash in a shade of orange most people run from.
If you guessed: a version of the General Lee – a 1969 Dodge Charger, which, by all accounts, was the most famous character on the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard” – you are correct.
The iconic car fetched a winning bid on eBay of nearly $10 million Friday.
According to eBay executives, if the bidder comes through with the $9,900,500 price, the car will be the most expensive item ever sold by the online auction site.
Nine-point-nine-million dollars for a car? Is your jaw on the ground? Join the club. Even actor John Schneider, who played heartthrob Bo Duke on the show and put the car up on eBay, told news reporters he is flabbergasted by the bid . He said he expected bidding on the orange coupe, which has “01” emblazoned on the doors, 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 told reporters.
But, get this: the car was never featured in the original show. However, Schneider did reveal that all of the living original cast members and crew from the show signed their autographs under the hood of the car. In addition, the car was also featured in the movie “Dukes Go To Hollywood,” and Schneider says he raced it in The Silver State Classic Challenge in Nevada.
Still, $10 million seems like an awful lot of money for four wheels and a bit of TV history.
Ebay records aside, the 49-year-old actor is keeping the sale in perspective (he has not received the money yet). When (or if) the transaction is finalized Schneider says he will use the money to help produce a sequel to his 2006 movie “Collier & Co.”
As it stands, the sale is not official. In fact, when bidding escalated this week, customer service representatives at eBay called Schneider and recommended he restrict bids to pre-qualified eBay customers who could confirm financing. Now, Schneider must play the waiting game to see if the bidder is legit. If he or she does fork over the money, Schneider’s car will be named eBay’s most profitable sale. The current record holder is a private jet that sold for $4.9 million several years ago.