Posted Juerg Weidmann on June 01, 2011
These are the years that I wished that I could have experienced: the late 1960's and early 1970's. Those were the years, the years when they made the true American classic muscle car. Those were some turbulent and troubled times in America, as well. We had the Vietnam War, “Free Love”, and Richard Nixon as President. We though as a nation were thriving in industry and economically. You could say America came into her own. We took pride in designing and building our cars. We wanted nothing but speed, muscle, high performance, and enough eye candy to give anyone a pure adrenaline rush.
The best part about about custom cars, women love 'em, maybe more than the man himself.
Yes, the Super Bee. The original Super Bee was made and produced by Dodge and was based on a 1968 Coronet convertible. It was made in the year's 1968-1970.It only came as a two door coupe model in the year of 1968, which only had two engine options as well, the 383 Magnum and the 426 Hemi.
The Super Bee was the lowered priced cousin of the Plymouth Road runner. At the time the sale price for the Super Bee was $3,074. The name "Super Bee" is derived from the "B" body designation, that was given to Chrysler's line of mid sized cars. The Super Bee was very much similar to the Road Runner, both featured the high powered Hemi engine. However this option brought the price vaule up just a little more, and only a 125 were sold.
With the Hemi engine also came a heavy duty suspension, an optional Mopar A 833 four- speed manual transmission, and high performance tires. on the oustside of the body, a stripe with a "bee" logo wrapped around the tail. A hard top version joined the coupe body for the year of 1969. Also included was a new optional twin scooped air induction hood became available which was known as the "Ramcharger". The Ramcharger was coded as the N-96 and was the counter part to the Plymouth's Road Runner "Coyote Duster".
The super Bee's "Ramcharger" hood featured forward-facing scoops which werefar more effecient than the "Coyote Duster's" twin vents. In mid year of 1969 Chrysler added a "six pack" (three two barrel carburetor’s) of Dodge's 440 cubic engine. Now Crysler customer's had several options to choose from: the base 383 hp (high performance), 440 six pack, and the 426 Hemi. We don't have the options today, at least that I'm aware of. We now flash forward to today, the year 2007. It seems as though all of the car maker’s are trying to revive the cars of yesteryear.
Chrysler is no different and releases a new edition of the Super Bee. This model is based on the Dodge Charger SRT-8, and uses special “detonator yellow” paint, with flat black hood and fender decals. It is a limited edition with only one thousand built and released for 2007. There is also a limited production in 2008 with another thousand and only 425 for 2009. It comes equipped with the same Hemi 6.1 Liter engine as the Dodge Charger, Magnum, Challenger, and Chrysler 300C.
All prices are in USD.