Classic Car Photography is justifiably proud that our images were chosen to form the basis of the Goodyear Autocare Calendar for 2014. We are particularly proud of the image for June 2014 – a glorious example of a classic Dodge Super Bee muscle car.
The Dodge Super Bee was first introduced in 1968 in response to the 1967 launch of the Plymouth budget muscle car, the Road Runner. Based on the redesigned Dodge Coronet pillared coupe the Super Bee’s standard engine was the 335 bhp four barrel 383 ci V8 that borrowed cylinder heads, camshaft and induction system from the Magnum 440. The 426 Hemi was the only engine option. A heavy duty suspension, brakes, four-speed manual transmission and red-line wide oval tires were standard. The Super Bee had bumble bee racing strips circling the tail, and a big Super Bee emblem hovering on the rear fenders. The grille was finished in black matte and the hood had a decorative power bulge. Inside, the Super Bee had door-to-door carpeting, pleated vinyl seats and door panels, and a standard bench seat.
A two door hardtop joined the existing pillared coupe for 1969. The Super Bee also received a single wider rear bumble bee stripe and a Dodge “Scat Pack” badge on the grille and trunk, plus front fender engine callouts. Also new was a new Ramcharger cold-air induction system, which was standard on Hemi cars. The Ramcharger system featured two large hood scoops, an under-hood air plenum and a switch to select between warm and cold air. But the big news for 1969 was a new optional engine in the Super Bee. MOPAR engineers took the existing 440 cid V8 and replaced the single Carter four barrel carb with three Holley two-barrel carbs on an Edelbrock Hi-Riser manifold, creating the Dodge 440 Six Pack (Plymouth called it the 440+6). A Hurst four speed manual transmission was standard. Torqueflite automatic was optional, but disc brakes, air conditioning, and cruise control were not allowed. The Super Bee Six Pack came with a lift off hood which was made of fibreglass, had a matte black finish, four NASCAR tie down pins, and a large air scoop moulded right in with “Six Pack” written on the sides.
The Dodge Super Bee was restyled for 1970, partly to differentiate it from the Dodge Coronet that it was based on. New options included a hood tacho and spoiler. The Super Bee was available in a number of wild colours, such as Plum Crazy, Sublime, and Go-Mango. Extras included the “Kruncher” and Bee-Liever” performance options. This was the last year that the Super Bee was based on the Coronet.
The Super Bee switched over to the Charger platform for 1971 but still represented a low-cost, high performance package. The Dodge Charger Super Bee included a 383 ci Magnum V8 with a single four barrel carb rated at 300 bhp (down 35 bhp from the year before due to detuning), three speed floor shift, power bulge hood (black finished), tape stripes, bee decals, and a Charger 500 interior, except with a standard bench seat. The Super Bee also came with a heavy duty suspension, fat F70-14 tires, and a long list of optional equipment. Still optional was the 440 Six Pack and the mighty 426 Hemi, rated at 385 bhp (down 5 bhp) and 425 bhp respectively.
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