Dodge Charger General Lee Is the Most Popular 80s TV Series Car

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When trying to determine what people like the most in any field, one usually resorts to polls. But not the people from TrackDays.
TrackDays is a British organization that for the past 15 years has been providing its customers with access to a wide range of vehicles, from cars to even tanks like the Russian Gvozdika 432 or the British FV4201 Chieftain, to be driven on tracks across the country, from Brands Hatch to Lochgelly Raceway.

By being in this business, TrackDays is in the unique position of seeing what cars people like to drive the most, so instead of asking them to fill out a form, trends can be determined much more directly. This is how the organization came to the conclusion that the Shelby Mustang GT500 Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds is the movie car Brits like the most.

But how about TV series, especially those of the 1980s, when cars where more than just props, and actually played some part in each episode?

When it comes to TV series it seems American-made machines remain favorites as well. The Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard, known to the world as General Lee, claimed the top spot in the preference charts.

In second place came the Pontiac Firebird that brought AI into a car for the first time in Knight Rider, while the third place of the podium belongs to the GMC Vandura that carried the members of the A-Team from mission to mission back in the day.

“There’s no doubt that The Dukes of Hazzard was one of the best-loved Saturday night tea-time shows of the 1980s, following the exploits of Bo and Luke Duke trying the evade the corrupt Boss Hogg and Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane,” said in a statement Dan Jones, operations manager at TrackDays.

“It is perhaps no surprise that it’s the most popular TV car to drive with Brits who can imagine they are speeding through Hazzard County racing for the county line with Rosco in hot pursuit.”

TrackDays says the podium was shaped this way based on the number of bookings it received for its range of TV cars, but does not mention how many people that actually means.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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