1969 Dodge Super Bee
The two-door coupe Super Bee was based on Dodge’s previous model, the convertible Dodge Coronet, and was in production for only two years. From 1968 until 1970, the Dodge Super Bee gained a reputation of the low-price American muscle car. At just over 3 grand, the Super Bee was one of the most affordable bangs for your buck that you could get at the time.
Stylish and fast, the 1969 Dodge Super Bee was a natural rival of the Plymouth Road Runner that was very successful. Because both Dodge and Plymouth are a sub-division of Chrysler, the two brands were competing for the title of Chrysler Performance Division. The Dodge "Scat Pack" Bee design was implemented, creating a new image for Dodge muscle cars. Based off of the 1968 Coronet, the 1968 Dodge Super Bee was first shown at the Detroit Auto Show that same year.
The Dodge Super Bee was a very well-designed, fancy vehicle with stylish bee-styled stripes, a chrome grille, and a larger wheelbase than the Coronet that it was based off of. The interior had a number of impressive features, like a sophisticated gauge, along with a speedometer dash cluster that only added on to the price of the vehicle; this wasn’t a big hike at first, but eventually negatively affected its sales over years. A 4-gear manual transmission was an optional.
All three years, the Super Bee featured a 383-cu-in. 6.3L big-block V8 engine, as well as a 426-cu-in. 7.0L Hemi V8. They were capable of producing 335 and 425 horse powers respectively. In 1970 – the Dodge Super Bee’s last year in production – a monster 390 horse power 440-cu-in. 7.2L big-block V8 was available. After 1971, the Super Bee blended with the Charger, with a smaller big-block engine. From then on, it wasn’t on the production line for 36 years until it was re-introduced in the market as the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT-8. Year 2009 marks the modern Dodge Super Bee’s 3rd year in re-emergence; this limited-edition vehicle is a rare find, as only 425 of them were made.