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1970 Dodge CoronetT
he Dodge Super Bee was produced from 1968 through 1971, during which time a little over 53,000 were produced. The Super Bee was based on the Coronet 440, and included improved shocks and suspension components, larger brakes and a revised hood. It featured a bee wearing a helmet. Also in the image were a stinger, fat tires, and headers.
There was an internal rivalry between the two MOPAR divisions, Dodge and Plymouth. Plymouth had produced their Road Runner, a vehicle that focused on acceleration and speed and was stripped of amenities such as carpet, radio, ac, and cruise control. Out of the two cars, the Road Runner enjoyed greater success.
When introduced in 1968, the SuperBee sold for $3,030. In comparison with the Road Runner, the Super Bee was just over $100 more expensive, about the same weight, identical engines, had interior carpeting, and closely mirrored it in performance. An optional 426 Hemi engine was available for an extra thousand dollars. Bumble bee racing strips circled the tail of the vehicle and a Super Bee emblem was placed on the rear fenders. The base 383 cubic-inch V8 produced 335 horsepower and 425 ft-lbs of torque while the 426 Hemi produced 425 horsepower. During its introductory year, 7842 examples were produced.
In 1969, Dodge placed a 'Scat Pack' emblem on the front and rear of the vehicle. A new cold-air induction, Ramcharger system became standard on the cars equipped with the Hemi engine. The 440 Six Pack V8 engine was offered and produced 390 horsepower and 490 ft-lbs of torque. Although not as powerful as the Hemi engine, it did provide an excellent alternative and cost about half as much. A two door, hardtop bodystyle was added to thel ine up. There were 7,650 coupes and 18,475 hardtops produced during the 1969 model year.
In 1970, the Super Bee received minor styling changes. A hood tachometer and spoiler was now offered as optional equipment. Sales were not as good as the prior year, selling a little more than half when compared 1969. There were 3,740 coupes and 10,614 hardtop sold for a combine total of 14,254.
In 1971, sales continued to decline. The hardtop was the only bodystyle offered. Only 5,054 examples were produced. The Super Bee was now being built on the Charger platform. For $3,271, the Super Bee came equipped with the standard 383 cubic-inch V8 and produced 300 horsepower. The three-speed manual gearbox was standard. The 440 Six Pack and 426 Hemi were still available, but had been detuned and now produced less horsepower than prior years. Increasing government safety and emission regulations was to blame. The entire muscle car arena was being 'phased out'. Fuel prices were increasing, insurance costs were becoming more expensive, and the government was implementing strict regulations for how vehicles were to be built. In order to satisfy these requirements, many muscle cars, such as the Super Bee were no longer being offered. 1971 was the final year for the Super Bee.by Daniel Vaughan | May 2009
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