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Vehicle: Dodge Super Bee
Years Produced: Dodge Super Bee
Number Produced:15, (), 1, ( Six Pack)
Original List Price:$3,
SCM Valuation:$32, (plus 15%–25% for 4-speed)
Tune Up Cost:$ (with Six Pack)
Distributor Caps:$25
Chassis Number Location:Driver’s side dash under windshield
Engine Number Location:Passenger’s side of block by oil pan
Club Info:The Super Bee Registry
Website:http://www.superbeeregistry.com
Alternatives:–70 Plymouth Road Runner, –70 Dodge Coronet R/T, –70 Dodge Charger
Investment Grade:B

This car, Lot , sold for $39,, including buyer’s premium, at The Finest Collector Car Auction in Boca Raton, FL, on February 11, It was offered without reserve.

In , the Super Bee was offered as a pillared coupe or hard top and could be had with three different engine choices. Buyers could opt for a , Six Pack or the thundering Hemi. Our subject car came with a V as the fifth VIN digit, which denotes the Six Pack engine. The package put out horses.

The Hemi only ratcheted up the ponies to , so the cost per horsepower for that engine was disproportional. As such, a total of 1, Super Bee V-codes were ordered in versus 42 Hemi cars. Total Super Bee production came to 15, units, so the V-code option represents just over 8% of production.

I’ve seen this BEEfore

This is my second swat at this particular Dodge Super Bee. I first profiled this car in ACC’s sister publication, Sports Car Market, in the July issue. This gives us a great opportunity to chase this Bee around for a second spin.

Dodge Super Bees (and Plymouth Road Runners) are not all that difficult to find. They were built in big numbers, and most of the larger muscle sales will include at least one — and oftentimes far more than that. The difficult part is finding a great example. The models (the base model) are rather common. There’s nothing wrong with that, as they are affordable muscle cars that are also affordable to own. As you dig deeper into the hive, they become a bit scarcer. Obviously, the Queen Bees of the model run are the Hemi cars, which are the rarest of the bunch.

Our subject car is one of those 1, “V-code” Six Pack Super Bees. While that may sound like a healthy number, many have been lost to age attrition, meaning rust, wrecks and lead-foot disease. The V-code machines are sought after — many a Mopar guy would rather own the triple-deuce than a finicky Hemi (if he actually wants to drive it). Plus, the cool factor of three 2-bbls lined up over the potent is a killer setup.

Tracking value

Our subject car appears three times in the ACC Premium Auction Database. It first shows up in at a Mecum sale, where it failed to sell with a high bid of only $13, (ACC# ) with 75, miles on the clock. In the next outing, VIN sold for $38, at a Worldwide sale in with the mileage creeping up to 80, (ACC# ). And, finally, our last sighting was at the Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach sale in , where I first looked over the car. That’s our highest sale to date at $48, (ACC# ). The mileage between the Barrett-Jackson sale and The Finest sale has just about remained unchanged at approximately 85, from to

The intrinsic value of using the ACC data points is great. Tossing out the sale (before the explosion of muscle car values), we can follow our subject Super Bee from through The car has likely changed little since the Worldwide sale in — and less than 5, miles have been put on the car over the past seven years.

If anything, the probability that the restoration has mellowed from static storage is relatively high. By the numerous and very high-quality photos displayed at The Finest’s website, you can see that the car remains in very nice condition. The Six-Pack workhorse was also reported to be the original engine, and for the most part, the car is exactly as seen by yours truly at the Barrett-Jackson sale in West Palm Beach. It’s a very nice driver-level example — one that you can buzz around in and not feel like you’re squishing the value of the car into the pavement.

To Bee or not to Bee

When I wrote about this car in , I concluded that the value in the car was solid — but not to expect a bunch of appreciation.

By my observations, the muscle car market has been showing signs of some sideways movement lately. Sellers need to work harder to make a great first impression. Buyers appear to be more cautious before opening their checkbooks — which is a good thing. Also, the rush to purchase just any muscle car is waning. Don’t get me wrong — great cars that are rare and airtight are still bringing strong interest — but I think the buyers are being more vigilant.

While the car may have changed hands since and this sale, the easy math shows an $8, hit from sale to sale. This does not account for carrying costs such as insurance and simple maintenance costs — and the big one: auction fees. One would also have to suggest that there was some transportation expense from one sale to another. Even without hiring a disheveled math professor, you’re at a $10, loss from to I’d chalk that up partially to the aformentioned sideways market.

The bonus on this Super Bee is the obvious big plus: the V in the VIN. On the other hand, you’ve got a muscle car with an automatic on the column and a bench seat in a coupe configuration (rather than a hard top). That’s never going to wind up a bunch of muscle car buyers. I know plenty of very thoughtful collectors who simply won’t buy a column-shift automatic muscle car — even if the deal is well into the plus column. It just doesn’t push the right buttons for many buyers. There’s another strike.

Of course, the real value with any classic car is in the experience of owning it. So if a Banana Yellow Six-Pack Super Bee is the honey in your tea, then by all means, have at it. This one appears to be a fine example, provided you can live with the column-shift automatic.

However, if your quest is to seek out an asset with the potential of appreciation down the road, I stand by my comments: It’s still a solid buy — and more so this time around — but with limited upside.

(Introductory description courtesy of The Finest.)

Sours: https://www.americancarcollector.com/profile/dodge-super-bee

Dodge Super Bee

Motor vehicle

The Dodge Super Bee is a mid-sized muscle car marketed by Dodge, that was produced for the through model years.[1]

In Mexico, the Super Bee was based on a compact-sized Chrysler platform and marketed from to

The Super Bee model name was resurrected for the , , , , and Dodge Charger Super Bee models.[2][3][4]

– Chrysler B platform[edit]

Motor vehicle

The original Dodge Super Bee was based on the Dodge Coronet two-door coupe, and was produced from until [5] It was Dodge's low-priced muscle car and rebranded and mildly distinguished from the Plymouth Road Runner. The origin of the name, "Super Bee", has its basis in the "B" Body designation pertinent to Chrysler's mid-sized cars, including the Road Runner and Charger.[6]

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Plymouth's Road Runner sales were enough to have Dodge Division General Manager, Robert McCurry, request a similar model from the Dodge Styling office. Senior designer, Harvey J. Winn, won a "contest" with the name "Super Bee" and a new logo design based on the Dodge "Scat Pack" Bee medallion.[7] The design of the first Super Bee was influenced by the Coronet convertible and the show car's interior was built by the Alexander Brothers. The show car was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show.[8]

Although the two cars are similar in external appearance, the Super Bee was slightly heavier (approx. 65&#;lb (29&#;kg)) and rode on a inch (3,&#;mm) wheelbase compared to the Road Runner's &#;in (2,&#;mm) wheelbase.[9][10] In addition to minor external differences, such as larger rear wheel openings, the bumblebee tailstripe and fancier grille, and the taillight ornamentation, the Super Bee also used actual diecast chrome-plated "Bee" medallions. These three-dimensional medallions were prominently mounted in a raised position in the grille/hood area and the trunklid/taillight area of the car throughout the first three years of production.[11]

The Super Bee used a dash cluster from the Dodge Charger, while the 4-speed manual transmission cars received a Hurst Competition-Plus shifter with Hurst linkage;[6] this shifter compared to the Road Runner's less expensive Inland shifter and linkage.[12] Due to the higher-quality accessories attached to the Super Bee, the car was sold at a higher price in comparison to the Plymouth version and this had a negative effect on sales.[6]

The Super Bee was available with the Hemi engine.[13] This option raised the price by 33%, and were sold. The model was available only as a two-door coupe, with two engine options, the base &#;hp (&#;kW) Magnum, and the Hemi, rated at &#;hp (&#;kW).[6]

The Super Bee included a heavy-duty suspension, an optional MoparA 4-speed manual transmission, and high-performance tires.[14] Outside, a stripe (with the bee logo) was wrapped around the tail.[15]

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A hardtop version joined the existing pillared coupe body in and a new optional twin-scooped air induction hood, the "Ramcharger", became available.[16] This particular option was coded N96 and was the counterpart to the Plymouth Road Runner's "Coyote Duster" air induction hood. The "Ramcharger" hood featured forward-facing scoops.

Dodge Coronet Super Bee A12 "Six-Pack"

A "six-pack" (three two-barrel Holleycarburetors) version of Dodge's &#;cu&#;in (&#;L) engine was added to the offering list mid-year rated at &#;bhp (&#;PS; &#;kW) @ rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) @ rpm of torque.[17][18] The option code for this was A12, which changed the 5th digit of the VIN to M. These special order 1/2 Dodge Super Bees are known as A12 M-code cars. The A12 package also equipped the cars with a Dana 60axle with a gear-ratio, heavy duty automatic transmission or a 4-speed manual, and a 'lift off' flat black scooped hood. Other components to the A12 package included heavy duty internal engine parts, black steel wheels with performance G70x15 tires, and heavy-duty inch drum brakes. A total of 1, A12 M-code Six Pack 1/2 Dodge Super Bees were produced. This option fell half-way between the standard engine and the Hemi as a USD option. The model year included the base Magnum, Six Pack, and the Hemi. The Magnum (4bbl) was reserved for the Coronet R/T.

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For the model, the Super Bee received a redesign and a new front-end that consisted of a twin-looped front bumper that Dodge Public Relations referred to as "bumble bee wings".[19] Sales fell for the year from 15, in to 5, in —because of, or in spite of, this new look, with another sales pressure coming from higher insurance rates for performance cars; the similar Plymouth Road Runner and Plymouth Duster both experienced similar sales issues.[20] In addition to the new looks, engine choices and "ramcharger" hood carried over from , the cars from Dodge featured several new or improved options.For example, a "C- stripe" variant of the bumble stripe was offered, in addition to new high-back bucket seats, a steering column-mounted ignition and a "pistol grip" Hurst shifter on four-speed models.[citation needed]

Engines:

Production:

7,–7, (), ( Hemi)
27,–25, (), 1, ( Six Pack), ( Hemi)
15,

Chrysler B platform[edit]

Motor vehicle

The Coronet line were built in four-door sedan and station wagon body versions, the Super Bee model was moved to the platform used by the Charger. Since an R/T muscle car version of the Charger already existed, the Super Bee was promoted as the low-priced model in the line, selling at USD$3, Production numbers of the Super Bee reached 5,, including 22 with the Hemi engine.[citation needed]

was the first and only year that a small block engine ( 4-bbl) became available in the Super Bee.[21]

Engines:

  • &#;in³ (&#;L) Small-BlockV8, &#;hp (&#;kW)
  • &#;in³ (&#;L) Big-BlockV8, &#;hp (&#;kW)
  • &#;in³ (&#;L) Big-BlockV8, &#;hp (&#;kW)
  • &#;in³ (&#;L) Big-BlockV8, &#;hp (&#;kW)
  • &#;in³ (&#;L) HemiV8, &#;hp (&#;kW)
  • &#;in³ (&#;L) Big-BlockV8, HP (4,rpm,&#;ft-lbs torque 3, rpm)

The moniker was discontinued in the domestic market until the Super Bee, the LX platform based Charger SRT

Mexican Valiant Super Bee[edit]

Motor vehicle

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In , Chrysler of Mexico introduced the new Dodge Super Bee as a replacement for the company's previous sports car product, the Plymouth Barracuda. As the production and sale costs of the third-generation Barracuda in Mexico were too high, Dodge adapted the semi-fastback A-Body platform and introduced the Super Bee at the beginning.

The Super Bee was only available with the V8 engine (&#;hp) and either a four-speed or three-speed manual transmission. The model was virtually identical to the Plymouth Duster (known in Mexico as the "Valiant Duster"), with side stripes and the Super Bee decals.[22]

In , Dodge differentiated the Super Bee from the Duster, by using the grille from the American Dodge Demon. The model's body was modified on one further occasion, in , and, by , the front of the Dodge Dart became the standard design for the entire A Body line-up; the Duster, Super Bee, Valiant, and Dart all consisted of the same front grille, with the rear tail lights constituting the only difference between the Super Bee and the Valiant. However, in , the final year for the A body cars, the front grille of the Plymouth model became the standard design.

The Valiant Super Bee was equipped with the V8 engine, with &#;hp, from to ; from to , it contained the V8 engine, with &#;hp—these engines had more power in Mexico than in the US, as Mexican anti-pollution laws were less strict in comparison to the US. Over the years, these models only received minor changes, such as new grilles, rear panels, and tail lights. The first generation was produced from to ; during the fall of , Chrysler introduced the new F Body cars: the Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare (as models), while the Aspen R/T and Volare Road Runner were released as the sports versions.[23]

Motor vehicle

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Chrysler de México continued to use old model names after they were dropped in the U.S. marketplace. The Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare were sold in Mexico as the Dodge Dart and the Valiant Volare, and the sports version was named the Valiant Super Bee. The Mexican Dodge Dart consisted of the front of the US Plymouth Volare and the rear of the Dodge Aspen, while the Mexican Valiant Volare and the Dodge Super Bee consisted of the front of the Dodge Aspen and the rear of the US Plymouth Volare.

The Super Bee was equipped with the V8 engine and &#;hp, the three-speed Torque Flite automatic transmission (or the four-speed manual transmission), sports wide wheels, front spoiler, and a rear spoiler-style Trans Am with the Super Bee spelling (with an optional blind in the rear window). The federal highway patrol used Super Bee as a squad car. For the model year, the Super Bee received a new front with rectangular headlamps.

For the model year, the Dodge Diplomat was introduced in Mexico, under the name of Dodge Dart (replacing the Dodge Aspen), and was considered a luxury car. A new sports version of the Dodge Dart replaced the Valiant Super Bee and is now called the Dodge Magnum—the version consisted of the V8 engine and &#;hp, with variations in transmissions: The three-speed automatic and the four-speed manual.

&#; Charger (LX) platform[edit]

Motor vehicle

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A new Super Bee model was introduced at the North American International Auto Show. It is based on the Dodge Charger SRT-8 and its exterior consists of special "Detonator Yellow" paint, a "Flat Black" hood and fender "decals". The production version consisted of a hood decal, rather than an entirely black hood, and the "hockey stick" stripe on the side was changed from solid black to a dashed black stripe positioned at the bottom of the exterior. The wheels are fully polished and do not contain the silver-painted areas of the "stock" SRT8 Charger. The interior is completely black, with yellow accent stitching on the seats and shift knob; this is unlike the "two-tone" interior of the standard SRT8 Charger which consists of red stitching (this is the only model that contains such an interior, as the Charger interior changed in ). The appearance of the shifter "bezel" and center console resembles that of carbon fiber, and the Super Bee logo appears in the instrument cluster during "power-up", instead of the SRT logo.

It is a limited edition car, with 1, made for the model year with build dates as early as August Each car is built in Brampton Assembly Plant, then shipped to Windsor to have decals applied and unique number plaque applied to the passenger side of the dash. The number sequence on the dash does not necessarily follow build order, as multiple "Bees" were shipped to Windsor by car carrier, and the order was not retained. It uses the same &#;bhp (&#;kW; &#;PS) HEMI Liter engine as the SRT8 versions of the Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler C.

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For the model year, the Super Bee was only made in "B5 Blue Pearl Coat" (sometimes listed as "Surf Blue Pearl"[24][25]), reminiscent of the blue used by Chrysler vehicles in the s and s. Instead of fully polished SRT8 Charger wheels, the "pockets" are painted black on the ALCOA wheels. Blue accent stitching inside replaces the yellow found on the seats and steering wheel, but the Charger's interior was changed for , so the dash and console are different than the version interior. This year also introduced touch screen navigation and an in-dash DVD player. It was based on the SRT-8 model using the &#;L engine and had a production run of 1, units.

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For the model year, the Super Bee was only made in "Hemi Orange Pearl Coat",[26] and was based on the SRT-8 model. The Super Bee used the &#;L engine, and had a production run of This year also introduced touch screen navigation and an in-dash DVD player with a hard drive. ALCOA wheels were standard this year only.

&#; Charger (LD) platform[edit]

In , the Super Bee SRT-8 returned as a model on the redesigned Dodge Charger with the HEMI engine (&#;L) in "Stinger Yellow" and "Pitch Black" colors, with additional colors being added for and This version of the Super Bee returned to the name's roots as a "budget" muscle car, devoid of most luxury items yet maintaining high performance in the form of a less expensive SRT model.[27]

References[edit]

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  3. ^Febbo, Mike (6 January ). "First Test: Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee Bee Cool: Back-to-Basics Musclecar is Smoking Hot". Motor Trend. Retrieved 21 September
  4. ^Lienert, Paul (10 November ). "Dodge Unveils Charger Super Bee and Challenger Yellow Jacket". Edmunds. Retrieved 21 September
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  10. ^" Plymouth Road Runner". Unique Cars and Parts. Retrieved 16 December
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Vehicle:1970 Dodge Super Bee
Years Produced:1970 Dodge Super Bee
Number Produced:15,506 (1970), 1,268 (1970 440 Six Pack)
Original List Price:$3,074
SCM Valuation:$32,900 (plus 15%–25% for 4-speed)
Tune Up Cost:$300 (with Six Pack)
Distributor Caps:$25
Chassis Number Location:Driver’s side dash under windshield
Engine Number Location:Passenger’s side of block by oil pan
Club Info:The Super Bee Registry
Website:http://www.superbeeregistry.com
Alternatives:1968–70 Plymouth Road Runner, 1968–70 Dodge Coronet R/T, 1968–70 Dodge Charger
Investment Grade:B

This car, Lot 104, sold for $39,600, including buyer’s premium, at The Finest Collector Car Auction in Boca Raton, FL, on February 11, 2017. It was offered without reserve.

In 1970, the Super Bee was offered as a pillared coupe or hard top and could be had with three different engine choices. Buyers could opt for a 383, 440 Six Pack or the thundering 426 Hemi. Our subject car came with a V as the fifth VIN digit, which denotes the 440 Six Pack engine. The package put out 390 horses.

The Hemi only ratcheted up the ponies to 425, so the cost per horsepower for that engine was disproportional. As such, a total of 1,268 Super Bee V-codes were ordered in 1970 versus 42 Hemi cars. Total Super Bee production came to 15,506 units, so the V-code option represents just over 8% of production.

I’ve seen this BEEfore

This is my second swat at this particular 1970 Dodge Super Bee. I first profiled this car in ACC’s sister publication, Sports Car Market, in the July 2011 issue. This gives us a great opportunity to chase this Bee around for a second spin.

Dodge Super Bees (and Plymouth Road Runners) are not all that difficult to find. They were built in big numbers, and most of the larger muscle sales will include at least one — and oftentimes far more than that. The difficult part is finding a great example. The 383 models (the base model) are rather common. There’s nothing wrong with that, as they are affordable muscle cars that are also affordable to own. As you dig deeper into the hive, they become a bit scarcer. Obviously, the Queen Bees of the model run are the Hemi cars, which are the rarest of the bunch.

Our subject car is one of those 1,268 “V-code” 440 Six Pack Super Bees. While that may sound like a healthy number, many have been lost to age attrition, meaning rust, wrecks and lead-foot disease. The V-code machines are sought after — many a Mopar guy would rather own the triple-deuce 440 than a finicky Hemi (if he actually wants to drive it). Plus, the cool factor of three 2-bbls lined up over the potent 440 is a killer setup.

Tracking value

Our subject car appears three times in the ACC Premium Auction Database. It first shows up in 1991 at a Mecum sale, where it failed to sell with a high bid of only $13,500 (ACC# 457) with 75,000 miles on the clock. In the next outing, VIN 145036 sold for $38,500 at a Worldwide sale in 2010 with the mileage creeping up to 80,625 (ACC# 162658). And, finally, our last sighting was at the Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach sale in 2011, where I first looked over the car. That’s our highest sale to date at $48,400 (ACC# 178134). The mileage between the Barrett-Jackson sale and The Finest sale has just about remained unchanged at approximately 85,000 from 2011 to 2017.

The intrinsic value of using the ACC data points is great. Tossing out the 1991 sale (before the explosion of muscle car values), we can follow our subject Super Bee from 2010 through 2017. The car has likely changed little since the Worldwide sale in 2010 — and less than 5,000 miles have been put on the car over the past seven years.

If anything, the probability that the restoration has mellowed from static storage is relatively high. By the numerous and very high-quality photos displayed at The Finest’s website, you can see that the car remains in very nice condition. The 440 Six-Pack workhorse was also reported to be the original engine, and for the most part, the car is exactly as seen by yours truly at the 2011 Barrett-Jackson sale in West Palm Beach. It’s a very nice driver-level example — one that you can buzz around in and not feel like you’re squishing the value of the car into the pavement.

To Bee or not to Bee

When I wrote about this car in 2011, I concluded that the value in the car was solid — but not to expect a bunch of appreciation.

By my observations, the muscle car market has been showing signs of some sideways movement lately. Sellers need to work harder to make a great first impression. Buyers appear to be more cautious before opening their checkbooks — which is a good thing. Also, the rush to purchase just any muscle car is waning. Don’t get me wrong — great cars that are rare and airtight are still bringing strong interest — but I think the buyers are being more vigilant.

While the car may have changed hands since 2011 and this sale, the easy math shows an $8,800 hit from sale to sale. This does not account for carrying costs such as insurance and simple maintenance costs — and the big one: auction fees. One would also have to suggest that there was some transportation expense from one sale to another. Even without hiring a disheveled math professor, you’re at a $10,000 loss from 2011 to 2017. I’d chalk that up partially to the aformentioned sideways market.

The bonus on this Super Bee is the obvious big plus: the V in the VIN. On the other hand, you’ve got a muscle car with an automatic on the column and a bench seat in a coupe configuration (rather than a hard top). That’s never going to wind up a bunch of muscle car buyers. I know plenty of very thoughtful collectors who simply won’t buy a column-shift automatic muscle car — even if the deal is well into the plus column. It just doesn’t push the right buttons for many buyers. There’s another strike.

Of course, the real value with any classic car is in the experience of owning it. So if a Banana Yellow 440 Six-Pack 1970 Super Bee is the honey in your tea, then by all means, have at it. This one appears to be a fine example, provided you can live with the column-shift automatic.

However, if your quest is to seek out an asset with the potential of appreciation down the road, I stand by my 2011 comments: It’s still a solid buy — and more so this time around — but with limited upside.

(Introductory description courtesy of The Finest.)

Sours: https://www.americancarcollector.com/profile/1970-dodge-super-bee
1970 Dodge Super Bee Project

Be Super Behind The Wheel Of A Dodge Super Bee

This Mopar classic needs a home.


One of the most legendary classic Moparmuscle cars, the Dodge Super Bee holds a special place in the heart of many enthusiasts. One thing you have to watch out for when shopping for one is the tributes, some which are very well-done and not advertised as such. Thankfully, this ’70 Super Bee is the real deal from the factory, making it not only completely authentic but also a true collectible.

This real WM23N Super Bee comes with the ci Magnum V8 with a mighty horsepower to command. Thanks to the four-speed manual transmission, you get to row throw the gears properly, plus there’s a pistol grip for that extra cool factor. An 8 ¾ Sure Grip rear with gears helps this car to hook up and go.

Just because this is a true classic muscle car doesn’t mean driving it is a miserable experience. After all, it comes with power steering, ensuring you don’t get an upper-body workout just from cruising around town.

Adding further to the comfort factor is the pristine interior with white bend seats and matching door panels. A factory dash features OE gauges and controls, making you feel like you’ve gone back in time.

As you can clearly see, this Super Bee will turn a lot of heads. Original FJ5 Limelight paint, white fender stripes, and the Super Bee logos all look as perfect as you can expect. Twin hood scoops are a dead giveaway to those in the know what this car is all about, before anyone looks at the badging.

The budget-friendly muscle car from Dodge, the Super Bee appealed to many younger shoppers. It launched in and shared some characteristics with the Plymouth Road Runner. For the model year, Dodge redesigned the Super Bee. It was also the final year the car was based on the Coronet.

GAA Classic Car Auctions is offering this Dodge Super Bee to the public, in case you’re interested in purchasing it.

Sours: https://www.motorious.com/articles/handpicked/dodge-super-bee/

Super bee 70

Dodge Super Bee

Motor vehicle

The Dodge Super Bee is a mid-sized muscle car marketed by Dodge, that was produced for the 1968 through 1971 model years.[1]

In Mexico, the Super Bee was based on a compact-sized Chrysler platform and marketed from 1970 to 1980.

The Super Bee model name was resurrected for the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2013 Dodge Charger Super Bee models.[2][3][4]

1968–1970 Chrysler B platform[edit]

Motor vehicle

The original Dodge Super Bee was based on the Dodge Coronet two-door coupe, and was produced from 1968 until 1970.[5] It was Dodge's low-priced muscle car and rebranded and mildly distinguished from the Plymouth Road Runner. The origin of the name, "Super Bee", has its basis in the "B" Body designation pertinent to Chrysler's mid-sized cars, including the Road Runner and Charger.[6]

1968[edit]

Plymouth's Road Runner sales were enough to have Dodge Division General Manager, Robert McCurry, request a similar model from the Dodge Styling office. Senior designer, Harvey J. Winn, won a "contest" with the name "Super Bee" and a new logo design based on the Dodge "Scat Pack" Bee medallion.[7] The design of the first Super Bee was influenced by the 1968 Coronet convertible and the show car's interior was built by the Alexander Brothers. The show car was introduced at the 1968 Detroit Auto Show.[8]

Although the two cars are similar in external appearance, the Super Bee was slightly heavier (approx. 65 lb (29 kg)) and rode on a 117-inch (3,000 mm) wheelbase compared to the Road Runner's 116 in (2,900 mm) wheelbase.[9][10] In addition to minor external differences, such as larger rear wheel openings, the bumblebee tailstripe and fancier grille, and the taillight ornamentation, the Super Bee also used actual diecast chrome-plated "Bee" medallions. These three-dimensional medallions were prominently mounted in a raised position in the grille/hood area and the trunklid/taillight area of the car throughout the first three years of production.[11]

The Super Bee used a dash cluster from the Dodge Charger, while the 4-speed manual transmission cars received a Hurst Competition-Plus shifter with Hurst linkage;[6] this shifter compared to the Road Runner's less expensive Inland shifter and linkage.[12] Due to the higher-quality accessories attached to the Super Bee, the car was sold at a higher price in comparison to the Plymouth version and this had a negative effect on sales.[6]

The Super Bee was available with the Hemi engine.[13] This option raised the price by 33%, and 125 were sold. The 1968 model was available only as a two-door coupe, with two engine options, the base 335 hp (250 kW) 383 Magnum, and the 426 Hemi, rated at 425 hp (317 kW).[6]

The Super Bee included a heavy-duty suspension, an optional MoparA833 4-speed manual transmission, and high-performance tires.[14] Outside, a stripe (with the bee logo) was wrapped around the tail.[15]

1969[edit]

A hardtop version joined the existing pillared coupe body in 1969 and a new optional twin-scooped air induction hood, the "Ramcharger", became available.[16] This particular option was coded N96 and was the counterpart to the Plymouth Road Runner's "Coyote Duster" air induction hood. The "Ramcharger" hood featured forward-facing scoops.

1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee A12 "Six-Pack"

A "six-pack" (three two-barrel Holleycarburetors) version of Dodge's 440 cu in (7.2 L) engine was added to the offering list mid-year rated at 390 bhp (395 PS; 291 kW) @ 4700 rpm and 490 lb⋅ft (664 N⋅m) @ 3600 rpm of torque.[17][18] The option code for this was A12, which changed the 5th digit of the VIN to M. These special order 1969 1/2 Dodge Super Bees are known as A12 M-code cars. The A12 package also equipped the cars with a Dana 60axle with a 4:10 gear-ratio, heavy duty automatic transmission or a 4-speed manual, and a 'lift off' flat black scooped hood. Other components to the A12 package included heavy duty internal engine parts, black steel wheels with performance G70x15 tires, and heavy-duty 11-inch drum brakes. A total of 1,907 A12 M-code 440 Six Pack 1969 1/2 Dodge Super Bees were produced. This option fell half-way between the standard engine and the Hemi as a USD463 option. The 1969 model year included the base 383 Magnum, 440 Six Pack, and the 426 Hemi. The 440 Magnum (4bbl) was reserved for the Coronet R/T.

1970[edit]

For the 1970 model, the Super Bee received a redesign and a new front-end that consisted of a twin-looped front bumper that Dodge Public Relations referred to as "bumble bee wings".[19] Sales fell for the year from 15,506 in 1970 to 5,054 in 1971—because of, or in spite of, this new look, with another sales pressure coming from higher insurance rates for performance cars; the similar Plymouth Road Runner and Plymouth Duster both experienced similar sales issues.[20] In addition to the new looks, engine choices and "ramcharger" hood carried over from 1969, the 1970 cars from Dodge featured several new or improved options.For example, a "C- stripe" variant of the bumble stripe was offered, in addition to new high-back bucket seats, a steering column-mounted ignition and a "pistol grip" Hurst shifter on four-speed models.[citation needed]

Engines:

Production:

1968: 7,842–7,717 (383), 125 (426 Hemi)
1969: 27,800–25,727 (383), 1,907 (440 Six Pack), 166 (426 Hemi)
1970: 15,506

1971 Chrysler B platform[edit]

Motor vehicle

The 1971 Coronet line were built in four-door sedan and station wagon body versions, the Super Bee model was moved to the platform used by the Charger. Since an R/T muscle car version of the Charger already existed, the Super Bee was promoted as the low-priced model in the line, selling at USD$3,271. Production numbers of the Super Bee reached 5,054, including 22 with the Hemi engine.[citation needed]

1971 was the first and only year that a small block engine (340 4-bbl) became available in the Super Bee.[21]

Engines:

  • 1971: 340 in³ (5.6 L) Small-BlockV8, 275 hp (205 kW)
  • 1971: 383 in³ (6.3 L) Big-BlockV8, 300 hp (224 kW)
  • 1971: 440 in³ (7.2 L) Big-BlockV8, 370 hp (275 kW)
  • 1971: 440 in³ (7.2 L) Big-BlockV8, 385 hp (287 kW)
  • 1971: 426 in³ (7.0 L) HemiV8, 425 hp (317 kW)
  • 1972: 400 in³ (6.6 L) Big-BlockV8, 320 HP (4,800rpm,410 ft-lbs torque 3,200 rpm)

The moniker was discontinued in the domestic market until the 2007 Super Bee, the LX platform based Charger SRT-8.

Mexican Valiant Super Bee[edit]

Motor vehicle

1970–1976[edit]

In 1970, Chrysler of Mexico introduced the new Dodge Super Bee as a replacement for the company's previous sports car product, the Plymouth Barracuda. As the production and sale costs of the third-generation Barracuda in Mexico were too high, Dodge adapted the semi-fastback A-Body platform and introduced the Super Bee at the beginning.

The Super Bee was only available with the V8 318 engine (270 hp) and either a four-speed or three-speed manual transmission. The 1970 model was virtually identical to the Plymouth Duster (known in Mexico as the "Valiant Duster"), with side stripes and the Super Bee decals.[22]

In 1971, Dodge differentiated the Super Bee from the Duster, by using the grille from the American Dodge Demon. The model's body was modified on one further occasion, in 1972, and, by 1973, the front of the Dodge Dart became the standard design for the entire A Body line-up; the Duster, Super Bee, Valiant, and Dart all consisted of the same front grille, with the rear tail lights constituting the only difference between the Super Bee and the Valiant. However, in 1976, the final year for the A body cars, the front grille of the Plymouth model became the standard design.

The Valiant Super Bee was equipped with the 318 V8 engine, with 270 hp, from 1970 to 1974; from 1975 to 1976, it contained the 360 V8 engine, with 300 hp—these engines had more power in Mexico than in the US, as Mexican anti-pollution laws were less strict in comparison to the US. Over the years, these models only received minor changes, such as new grilles, rear panels, and tail lights. The first generation was produced from 1970 to 1976; during the fall of 1975, Chrysler introduced the new F Body cars: the Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare (as 1976 models), while the Aspen R/T and Volare Road Runner were released as the sports versions.[23]

Motor vehicle

1977–1980[edit]

Chrysler de México continued to use old model names after they were dropped in the U.S. marketplace. The Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare were sold in Mexico as the Dodge Dart and the Valiant Volare, and the sports version was named the Valiant Super Bee. The Mexican Dodge Dart consisted of the front of the US Plymouth Volare and the rear of the Dodge Aspen, while the Mexican Valiant Volare and the Dodge Super Bee consisted of the front of the Dodge Aspen and the rear of the US Plymouth Volare.

The Super Bee was equipped with the 360 V8 engine and 300 hp, the three-speed Torque Flite automatic transmission (or the four-speed manual transmission), sports wide wheels, front spoiler, and a rear spoiler-style Trans Am with the Super Bee spelling (with an optional blind in the rear window). The federal highway patrol used Super Bee as a squad car. For the 1980-model year, the Super Bee received a new front with rectangular headlamps.

For the 1981-model year, the Dodge Diplomat was introduced in Mexico, under the name of Dodge Dart (replacing the Dodge Aspen), and was considered a luxury car. A new sports version of the 1981 Dodge Dart replaced the Valiant Super Bee and is now called the Dodge Magnum—the version consisted of the 360 V8 engine and 270 hp, with variations in transmissions: The three-speed automatic and the four-speed manual.

2007–2009 Charger (LX) platform[edit]

Motor vehicle

2007[edit]

A new 2007 Super Bee model was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. It is based on the Dodge Charger SRT-8 and its exterior consists of special "Detonator Yellow" paint, a "Flat Black" hood and fender "decals". The production version consisted of a hood decal, rather than an entirely black hood, and the "hockey stick" stripe on the side was changed from solid black to a dashed black stripe positioned at the bottom of the exterior. The wheels are fully polished and do not contain the silver-painted areas of the "stock" SRT8 Charger. The interior is completely black, with yellow accent stitching on the seats and shift knob; this is unlike the "two-tone" interior of the standard SRT8 Charger which consists of red stitching (this is the only model that contains such an interior, as the Charger interior changed in 2008). The appearance of the shifter "bezel" and center console resembles that of carbon fiber, and the Super Bee logo appears in the instrument cluster during "power-up", instead of the SRT logo.

It is a limited edition car, with 1,000 made for the 2007 model year with build dates as early as August 2006. Each car is built in Brampton Assembly Plant, then shipped to Windsor to have decals applied and unique number plaque applied to the passenger side of the dash. The number sequence on the dash does not necessarily follow build order, as multiple "Bees" were shipped to Windsor by car carrier, and the order was not retained. It uses the same 425 bhp (317 kW; 431 PS) HEMI 6.1 Liter engine as the SRT8 versions of the Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300C.

2008[edit]

For the 2008 model year, the Super Bee was only made in "B5 Blue Pearl Coat" (sometimes listed as "Surf Blue Pearl"[24][25]), reminiscent of the blue used by Chrysler vehicles in the 1960s and 1970s. Instead of fully polished SRT8 Charger wheels, the "pockets" are painted black on the ALCOA wheels. Blue accent stitching inside replaces the yellow found on the seats and steering wheel, but the Charger's interior was changed for 2008, so the dash and console are different than the 2007 version interior. This year also introduced touch screen navigation and an in-dash DVD player. It was based on the SRT-8 model using the 6.1 L engine and had a production run of 1,000 units.

2009[edit]

For the 2009 model year, the Super Bee was only made in "Hemi Orange Pearl Coat",[26] and was based on the SRT-8 model. The Super Bee used the 6.1 L engine, and had a production run of 425. This year also introduced touch screen navigation and an in-dash DVD player with a hard drive. ALCOA wheels were standard this year only.

2012–2014 Charger (LD) platform[edit]

In 2011, the Super Bee SRT-8 returned as a 2012 model on the redesigned Dodge Charger with the 392 HEMI engine (6.4 L) in "Stinger Yellow" and "Pitch Black" colors, with additional colors being added for 2013 and 2014. This version of the Super Bee returned to the name's roots as a "budget" muscle car, devoid of most luxury items yet maintaining high performance in the form of a less expensive SRT model.[27]

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External links[edit]

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