The winning bidder, William Fisher, maintained that someone else placed the bids in his name after gaining access to his eBay account.
“Of course I have no plans to pay, because I didn’t place the bid,” an individual claiming to be Fisher wrote Thursday in an e-mail to CNNMoney.com. “I just want this to all blow over, which I’m sure it will.”
John Schneider, who played Bo Duke in the series and owns the car – called the General Lee on the show – told CNNMoney.com he had been in contact with Fisher and was aware of his claims.
When informed of Fisher’s claims by CNNMoney.com, an EBay spokeswoman said she was unaware of Fisher’s account being hacked. She said eBay would investigate the matter further.
During the course of the auction last week, eBay officials disqualified several bids and went so far as to contact several of the top bidders to verify their offers, an eBay spokeswoman had said earlier.
A winning bid on eBay constitutes a legally binding contract, according to a company spokesperson, although company policy allows Schneider to approach the second-highest bidder about purchasing the vehicle.
Schneider told CNNMoney.com Thursday afternoon he is considering putting his car back up for sale on eBay, but said this time bidders would be pre-qualified before the bidding started.
The vehicle is a modified Charger that appeared as the General Lee in the TV show, a role that was only slightly less central than that of the car.
The car has been further modified since and now has a 725 horsepower Hemi motor, Dodge Viper brakes and a roll cage, all of which allow it to race at more than 200 miles per hour.
I can’t imagine a car like that would be worth $10 million dollars.