1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee
Anybody who was around in the early 1970s remembers the excitement when the 1971 Doge Charger Super Bee hit the scene!
If you had one, people would flock to see what it was, girls would hover around and pose for pictures. Guys couldn't wait to challenge this muscle car and customizers found it fun to work on.
Produced from 1968 through 1971, the Dodge Super Bee grabbed a lot of attention. People felt they had a car that not only was powerful and came from a line of reliable vehicles but the name and look of the car made the owner stand out among the crowd. Even now, collectors find this car a centerpiece and at car shows you'll find many an admirer telling stories of the good ol' days and the fun and excitement this Dodge model brought them.
This car was so popular that today even it's chrome ornaments are prized collectibles. That's how stylish this car is from it's bumble bee wings that consisted of added on twin looped front bumper, it's aforementioned highly prized chrome ornaments, Ramcharger hood forward facing scoops it had it's basic features that made it popular then as well today.
A Charger platform reminded fans of it's cousin the Doge Charger which also and still is a monster of a collectible to find. It had the small block engine that year. A B body, with engines that included 340ci V8, 383ci V8, 426ci V8, 440ci V8. Standard equipment came with heavy duty suspension, a wheelbase of 115 inches, height at 52.7 inches, width of 79.1 inches, length of 205.4 inches, a weight of 4,050 pounds.
It reached 0-30 mph in 2.5 seconds, 0-45 mph in 4.2 seconds, 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds, 0-75 in 7.6 seconds. Those are the stats to the Hemi engine that was included and many a story about those Hemis I can assure you. The six pack 440 boasted a wee bit slower with 0-30 mph in 2.9 seconds, 0-45 mph in 4.7 seconds, 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds, and 0-75 mph in 9.9 seconds.
The 426 ci Hemi V8 had a C.R. at 10.25:1, 425 at 5,000 rpm horsepower, and torque of 480 at 4,000 rpm.
Mind you only a small number of the Hemis were built!
The car came with a Charger 500 interior and many optional features. When buying one make sure to check out which options were included and modified over the years.
Since the car was featured as a low cost muscle car and a competitor to the Plymouth Road Runner the engine modification upgrade that turned the 383 cylinder Magnum V8 four barrel carburetor to the 426 hemi but Dodge upgraded it to the 440 six pack that cost less. It can get confusing regarding the options and modifications but this muscle car had it's hey day and is still sought after.