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Jalen Rose Is Auctioning Off His 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee…Wait, What?

Former Michigan Wolverines Fab 5 member, star NBA player and current ESPN basketball analyst (when he’s not suspended due to a non-disclosed DUI arrest) is selling his 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee – one actually used during the production of the classic television series – on eBay Motors. The initial bid will be $45,000 when the item becomes available on May 23rd but it appears that you can buy the General Lee now for the tidy sum of $100,000.

(checks wallet, counts bills)

Man, just a bit short.

From the description:

This 1969 Dodge Charger is slated to be one of the last surviving cars from “Dukes of Hazzard”.  The vinyls have been customized to reflect Jalen Rose’s basketball number as well as his childhood nickname.  With an upgraded sound system and custom leather interior, this “General Lee” has been a part of Jalen’s private collection of premiere vehicles for the last 10 years.  Featuring a 360ci V-8 crate motor, 4 wheel disc brakes, Alpine sound system featuring trunk mounted sub-woofer, custom embroidered “Charger” floor mats, white letter BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires, and autographed rear decklid by Jalen Rose and John Schneider “Bo Duke” from the original series.  The images of each signature are attached in the photos.

There will not be bids accepted for this auction until the May 23rd start date.  It will be a “No Reserve” auction with a starting bid of $45,000.

Wait, it has John Schneider’s autograph but not Tom Wopat’s? Forget it then. What a ripoff.

Anyhoo, all proceeds from the sale benefit the “Jalen Rose Leadership Academy,” and the person who did the write-up for eBay Motors goes to great lengths to discuss Rose’s significant philanthropic deeds, to the tune of 8 paragraphs, far exceeding the amount of copy dedicated to, you know, the automobile that someone will be plunking down $45K to own. I get the point of detailing where the money is headed – to a reputable charity. In fact, it might even spur people to be willing increase their bids if they are aware that the proceeds are going to a good cause – but still. I guess we should just realize that Jalen’s just a good old boy, never meaning no harm.

But seriously. No Tom Wopat? What the fungus?

1969 Dodge Charger General Lee [eBay Motors (via Detroit Free Press)]