Auto World Announces Newly Detailed General Lee

Apr 09, 2012 6 Comments by
Silver Screen Machines, a brand of Auto World, is proud to announce the release of the most accurate 1:18 scale General Lee die-cast model ever, paying homage to the iconic car from the classic television series “Dukes of Hazzard™.” Newly freshened and ready to roll, collectors can finally have their own authentic General Lee – right down to the “welded shut” doors!
“We’ve spent a lot of time making this car perfect,” said Auto World Brand Manager Tony Karamitsos. “We went through every detail to make sure that this replica is the best one yet, from the flag graphic on the roof to the engine details under the hood.”
The model is being released under the popular Authentics line, and is composed of well over 100 parts.  Some of the changes that were made to the tool include a revised flag on the roof with re-aligned and correctly positioned “General Lee” script, deleted headrests on the seats, a gloss-black roll bar, a lengthened rear antenna, and a chassis featuring the correct factory overspray pattern. In addition, the wheels have been correctly painted and detailed, and the correct 383 engine is in place, complete with air cleaner and decal; there is no spare tire or jack in the trunk (and the trunk’s been painted); the Charger R/T grille emblem and wheel well trim have been removed, and so has the passenger side mirror.
Karamitsos says it best when he states, ” This is as close as you’ll get to owning a General Lee just like those good ol” Duke Boys!” We’d have to agree.
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I have been a car guy since my early teens. From managing a performance center on Long Island NY to being a partner of the world’s largest traveling global car show series; my career path has taken me on an exciting journey. I have consulted for MTV, McDonalds, Turtle Wax, Dodge and other high profile companies and have been published in multiple automotive journals. Alpha Penguin Publishing recruited me to co-author “The Complete Idiots Guide to Customizing Your Ride” for which one of my cars graces the cover.My diecast addiction began about 12 years back. My girlfriend at the time knew I was saving for a Mustang Cobra. She thought it would be humorous and purchased a diecast version to hold me over for a while. What was an initial joke struck a chord because I was fascinated with how Hot Wheels could make such a cool replica for a buck. The next time we went shopping I stopped in the toy aisle and ended up purchasing additional Hot Wheels and a few Jada vehicles. Well you all know the story from here; one shelf led to a book case. The book case quickly became an apartment filled with hundreds of HotWheels, Jada and other 1:64th scale replicas. Next came my introduction to 1:24th and 1:18th scale die cast and twelve years later I am the proud owner of a collection that is displayed in a 2000sq foot facility with a current count of over 12 thousand unique pieces. My then girlfriend, now wife, has a lot of patience for my hobby and my two little girls enjoy it with us too.Today I find myself fascinated with all scales and all models of customized vehicles. From tuners to rat rods, lead sleds to pro street drag. I do have an appreciation for the well delivered OEM vehicles as well. Most of all I enjoy the hunt to complete a set or series of vehicles. I look forward to being a part of DieCast X Magazine and helping to strengthen, grow and deliver our hobby to people who do not know how rewarding it is to an individual and a family.

6 Responses to “Auto World Announces Newly Detailed General Lee”

  1. Wayne Chandley says:

    What price are we looking at for this car? Obviously the downturn and current climate is having an effect on us all.
    Be kind

  2. Blair DeBois says:

    I believe the engine should have Chrome Valve covers & Air cleaner (as in “Happy Birthday General Lee”).

  3. Ben says:

    Andy,
    is this the car Bubba Watson bought? Nice write up, and a cool collectible! Can’t wait to get this one!

    B

  4. Richard Cleary says:

    It is good that this model has been upgraded. One has to ask though, it it worth paying a hundred dollars for a duded up toy made from a very old tool that sold for less than $50 a few years ago. I for one will take my money elsewhwere (like Highway 61).

  5. Brian Conn says:

    As much as I liked the tv show { Daisy Duke is HOT, ssshwing ! } And I love all Mopars, I agree with you Richard . This diecast needs to be put to bed. Especially at what the price is. Let it go Auto World and do something else like a stock version of the Dodge Magnum.

  6. Wink1 says:

    As much as I appreciate the efforts to make these cars as authentic as possible, I refuse to keep buying into new releases of the same model because of a few details that were missed earlier. At this price point I expect to have it all in one model right from the start. All their efforts should go towards achieving this goal.

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