It's orange, but of course, it's not that simple.
The holy trinity of famous Hollywood cars is somewhat debatable. There are a handful of vehicles that qualify, but the 1969 Dodge Charger known as the General Lee is virtually guaranteed a spot in the top three. Many would argue the orange muscle car is the most iconic Hollywood machine of them all, having dodged the law while jumping every obstacle in Georgia during its seven-season run on The Dukes of Hazzard. But is the General actually orange?
The answer is obviously yes, but not all oranges are created equal. For decades there's been debate as to the car's specific shade of orange. Being a Dodge product, many people assumed the car wore a bright coat of Hemi Orange. Folks deep in the General Lee mythology have said no, it was actually painted Flame Red, which was a General Motors color used on the mid-1970s Corvette. That shade (which is actually orange despite the name) looks the part, but a new video from VINWiki says that is wrong as well. More importantly, the video claims the actual color is TnT Express, which probably has you wondering where the heck that even comes from.
According to the video, the original trunk lid from the very first General Lee was located, still wearing its orange coat in good, unweathered condition from being stored inside. The paint was scanned to get its true tint, and the color code came back to a shade called TnT Express. Sounds pretty cut-and-dry, but that doesn't mean the car was originally painted in this specific color.
Bo Duke himself – actor John Schneider – has said the original color was simply a mishmash of paint the television studio had at the time. However, the mix just happens to match this code for TnT Express, which appears to be a shade used by a European shipping company for its fleet of trucks. How bonkers is that?
At least now, folks keen to build a General Lee replica have a specific color code they can reference for a good match.