Throwback Thursday: Dodge Super Bee
Chrysler-Plymouth had a pretty good lineup of full-size muscle cars in the 60s, and today the Super Bee is one of the hardest to come by. The Super Bee was a hot-rodded version of the Coronet two-door, only around for two years; its name came from the Coronet’s B-body designation. While similar to the Plymouth Road Runner, the Super Bee featured a special graphics package and a dashboard/instrument cluster borrowed from the Dodge Charger.
The base engine for the Super Bee was the 335 horsepower 383 V8, with the 425 horsepower 426 Hemi available as an option (only 125 were sold). The Super Bee also featured a beefed-up suspension, high-performance tires and optional Mopar 4-speed transmission. One of the car’s more novel features was the “Ramcharger” hood, twin functional scoops for ram air induction.
Partway through the Super Bee’s production run, it was offered with a 440 Six-Pack engine, with three Carter two-barrel carburetors. The 440 Magnum with a four-barrel carb was not an option, and was reserved for the Coronet R/T. The Super Bee was offered in Mopar’s wild color palette, such as Vitamin C Orange, Plum Crazy Purple and In-Violet.
For the ’71 model year, the Coronet was no longer available as a two-door, so the Super Bee became a low-budget version of the new body-style Charger. It was available in ’71 with the 340, 383, 440 or 426 Hemi V8. The name was then discontinued altogether until 2007, when a Super Bee package was offered with the Charger.
The Super Bee might be a footnote to the history of 60s-era muscle cars, it’s at least an interesting footnote, and a desirable collectible due to its scarcity.