Muscle Car of the Week: 1970 Dodge Super Bee

1970 Dodge Super BeeIn 1970 the Dodge Super Bee got a nose job. The front end was fitted with a twin-looped bumper. Other than that it was the same mean machine Dodge had been pumping out since ’68. Based on the design of the Coronet, the Super Bee was a low-priced alternative to its cousin the Plymouth Road Runner. The name itself comes from the “B” Body designation assigned to Chrysler’s mid-sized cars; the Coronet, Roadrunner and Charger.

The Super Bee is an intriguing restoration project inside and out. One stock feature that made the Bee stand out was the diecast chrome plated bee-medallions mounted in raised position on the hood and trunk areas. Inside the Bee borrowed the race car–inspired and more sophisticated gauge and speedometer dash cluster from the Dodge Charger while the four-speed manual cars received a Hurst Competition-Plus shifter with Hurst linkage.

Under the hood

Under the hood the Bee boasted a 383 Magnum engine that cranked out 335hp during chassis dyno testing. A HEMI upgrade was available but at a 33% price increase only 125 were sold. The Bee can get up and go. It has a top speed of 129mph and a 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds.

Orginally the Bee went for just over $3000 but today, fully restored, you could as much as $25,000.

Whether you’re looking for a project to restore/sell or a toy to wipe down with pride in the garage the 1970 Super Bee is a helluva muscle car.

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