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After the 2007 movie, the car was sent to auction along with many other cars and parts from the movies. The car was purchased and then quickly sold to a car collector in Branson, MO. That buyer kept the car for a short time before selling it to a gentleman in Vermont.
In Vermont, the car finally received the proper "semi-restoration" by it's new owner. The owner located a 1970 Plymouth to donate the front structure for the General Lee. The front clip was properly grafted in by a local professional body shop.
Authentic screen used General Lee parts from the movie were located for the built. The damage was left in the body panels so that it looked "movie-correct" and not to look like an every day run-of-the-mill General Lee. The car is now powered by a small block with an automatic transmission.
In the fall of 2004 GL#008 arrived to the JEM FX shop to begin it's transformation into a General Lee. Just like GL#007, GL#008 showed up to the shop as a nice black 1970 Dodge Charger. It was questioned that the two cars may have been used in one of the Fast and Furious movies, but there is no further evidence of this.
While at the shop in California, everything forward of the firewall was cut off the car. The car would be used as a "Post-Cooter" Tilt Buck. Through most of the filming in Louisiana, the car sat on the production without seeing much use at all. In Dec 2004, the FX Department built a tilting mechanism for the shell. The body sat on top of the rig with hydraulics and air tanks installed. The whole setup was moved over to the transportation department where the crew all new Legendary tan interior and General Lee graphics.
On Jan. 18, 2005, the FX crew removed GL#007 from the Go-Mobile and mounted GL#008 in it's place. With the tilting mechanism mounted under the body, this car was built for one purpose only. When you see Bo and Luke inside the car while it is tilted up on two wheels, that is this car. Cameras were mounted in front of the car to film the faces of Bo and Luke during this scene.
On the first week of February, the car was removed from the Go-Mobile and was being prepped for shipment back to California and was shipped out on Feb. 4, 2005.