The Dodge Super Bee

The Super Bee is a muscle car marketed by Dodge, that was produced for the 1968 to 1971 model years.

The Super Bee was resurrected for the 2007 to 2013 Dodge Charger Super Bee models.

Super Bee
'69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee (Cruisin' At The Boardwalk '10).jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Chrysler Corporation (1968–1980)
DaimlerChrysler (2007)
Chrysler LLC (2008–09)
Production 1968–1971
1970–1980 (Mexico only)
2007–2009
2012–2013
Body and chassis
Class Muscle car
Layout FR layout

 

1968–1970 Super Bee

1968–1970
'70 Dodge Coronet Super Bee (Cruisin' At The Boardwalk '10).jpg
Overview
Production 1968–1970
Assembly Newark, Delaware, United States
Body and chassis
Platform B-body
Related Dodge Coronet
Plymouth Satellite
Dodge Charger
Plymouth Road Runner
Plymouth GTX
Plymouth Belvedere
Powertrain
Engine 383 cu in (6.3 L) V8
426 cu in (7.0 L) V8
440 cu in (7.2 L) V8
Transmission 4-speed manual
3-speed Torqueflite automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 117.0 in (2,972 mm)

The Dodge Super Bee was based on the Dodge Coronet two-door coupe, and was produced from 1968 until 1970. It was Dodge’s low-priced powerful muscle car and a rebadged version of the Plymouth Road Runner.

Plymouth’s Road Runner sales were enough to have Dodge Division General Manager, Robert McCurry, request a similar model from the Dodge Styling office. Senior designer, Harvey J. Winn, won a “contest” with the name “Super Bee” and a new logo design based on the Dodge “Scat Pack” Bee medallion. The design of the first Super Bee was influenced by the 1968 Coronet convertible and the show car’s interior was built by the Alexander Brothers.

Although the two cars are similar in external appearance, the Super Bee was slightly heavier (approx. 65 lb (29 kg)) and rode on a 117-inch (3,000 mm) wheelbase compared to the Road Runner’s 116 in (290 cm) wheelbase. In addition to minor external differences, such as larger rear wheel openings, the bumblebee tailstripe and fancier grille, and the taillight ornamentation, the Super Bee also used actual diecast chrome-plated “Bee” medallions. These three-dimensional medallions were prominently mounted in a raised position in the grille/hood area and the trunklid/taillight area of the car throughout the first three years of production.

The Super Bee used dash from the Dodge Charger, while the four-speed manual cars received a Hurst Competition-Plus shifter; this shifter compared to the Road Runner’s less expensive Inland shifter and linkage.  Due to the higher-quality accessories attached to the Super Bee, the car was sold at a higher price in comparison to the Plymouth version and this had a negative effect on sales.

The Super Bee was available with the Hemi engine. This option raised the price by 33%, and only 125 were sold. The 1968 model was only sold as a two-door coupe, with two engine options, the base 335 hp (250 kW) 383 Magnum, and the 426 Hemi, rated at 425 hp (317 kW).

The Super Bee included a heavy-duty suspension, an optional Mopar A-833 four-speed manual transmission, and high-performance tires. Outside, a stripe (with the bee logo) was wrapped around the tail.

A hardtop version joined the existing pillared coupe body in 1969 and a new optional twin-scooped air induction hood, the “Ramcharger”, became available. This particular option was coded N-96 and was the counterpart to the Plymouth Road Runner’s “Coyote Duster” air induction hood. The “Ramcharger” hood featured forward-facing scoops.

A “six-pack”  version of Dodge’s 440 cubic-inch engine was added to the offering list mid-year. The option code for this was A12, which changed the 5th digit of the VIN to M. These special order 1969 1/2 Dodge Super Bees are known as A12 M-code cars. The A12 package also equipped the cars with a Dana 60 axle with a 4:10 gear ratio, heavy duty automatic or a 4-speed transmission, and a ‘lift off’ flat black scooped hood. Other components to the A12 package included heavy duty internal engine parts, black steel rims with high performance G-70 15″ tires, and heavy duty 11″ drum brakes. Only 1,907 A12 M-code 440 Six Pack 1969 1/2 Dodge Super Bees were produced. This option fell half-way between the standard engine and the Hemi as a USD463 option. The 1969 model year included the base 383 Magnum, 440 Six Pack, and the 426 Hemi. The 440 Magnum (4bbl) was reserved for the Coronet R/T.

For the 1970 model, the Super Bee received a redesign and a new front-end that consisted of a twin-looped front bumper that Dodge Public Relations referred to as “bumble bee wings”. Sales fell for the year from 15,506 in 1970 to 5,054 in 1971—because of, or in spite of, this new look, with another sales pressure coming from higher insurance rates for performance cars; the similar Plymouth Road Runner and Plymouth Duster both experienced similar sales issues.[18] In addition to the new looks, engine choices and “ramcharger” hood carried over from 1969, the 1970 cars from Dodge featured several new or improved options. For example, a “C- stripe” variant of the bumble stripe was offered, in addition to new high-back bucket seats, a steering column-mounted ignition and a “pistol-grip” Hurst shifter on four-speed models.

Engines:

  • 1968–1970: 383 in³ (6.3 L) Big-Block V8, 335 hp (250 kW)
  • 1968–1970: 426 in³ (7.0 L) Hemi V8, 425 hp (317 kW)
  • 1969–1970: 440 in³ (7.2 L) Big-Block V8, 390 hp (291 kW)

Production:

1968: 7,842–7,717 (383), 125 (426 Hemi)
1969: 27,800–25,727 (383), 1,907 (440 Six Pack), 166 (426 Hemi)
1970: 15,506

1971 Super Bee

1971
1971dodgesuperbee.jpg
Overview
Production 1970–1971
Assembly United States: Detroit, Michigan
Hamtramck, Michigan
Los Angeles, California
St. Louis, Missouri
Body and chassis
Platform B-body
Related Dodge Coronet
Plymouth Satellite
Dodge Charger
Plymouth Road Runner
Plymouth GTX
Powertrain
Engine 340 cu in (5.6 L) V8
383 cu in (6.3 L) V8
426 cu in (7.0 L) V8
440 cu in (7.2 L) V8
Transmission 4-speed manual
Torqueflite automatic

The 1971 Coronet line were built in four-door sedan and station wagon body versions, the Super Bee model was moved to the platform used by the Charger. Since an R/T muscle car version of the Charger already existed, the Super Bee was promoted as the low-priced model in the line, selling at USD$3,271. Production numbers of the Super Bee reached 5,054, including 22 with the Hemi engine. The moniker was discontinued until the 2007 Super Bee, a Charger SRT-8.

1971 was the first and only year that a small block engine (340 4-bbl) became available in the Super Bee.

Engines:

  • 1971: 340 in³ (5.6 L) Small-Block V8, 275 hp (205 kW)
  • 1971: 383 in³ (6.3 L) Big-Block V8, 300 hp (224 kW)
  • 1971: 440 in³ (7.2 L) Big-Block V8, 370 hp (275 kW)
  • 1971: 440 in³ (7.2 L) Big-Block V8, 385 hp (287 kW)
  • 1971: 426 in³ (7.0 L) Hemi V8, 425 hp (317 kW)
  • 1972: 400 in³ (6.6 L) Big-Block V8, 320 HP (4,800rpm,410 ft-lbs torque 3,200 rpm)

2007-2012

Dodge Charger (LX) versions
2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee.jpg
Overview
Production 2007–2009
Assembly Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Body and chassis
Class Full size
Body style 4-door sedan
Platform Chrysler LX platform
Related Dodge Charger
Chrysler 300
Dodge Magnum
Dodge Challenger
Powertrain
Engine 6.1 L V8
Transmission 5-speed W5A580 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 304.8 cm (120.0 in)
Length 508.3 cm (200.1 in)
Width 189 cm (74.5 in)
Height 148 cm (58.2 in)

A new 2007 Super Bee model was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. This model is based on the Dodge Charger SRT-8 and its exterior consists of special “Detonator Yellow” paint, a “Flat Black” hood and fender “decals”. The production version consisted of a hood decal, rather than an entirely black hood, and the “hockey stick” stripe on the side was changed from solid black to a dashed black stripe positioned at the bottom of the exterior. The wheels are fully polished and do not contain the silver painted areas of the “stock” SRT8 Charger. The interior is completely black, with yellow accent stitching on the seats and shift knob; this is unlike the “two-tone” interior of the standard SRT8 Charger which consists of red stitching (this is the only model that contains such an interior, as the Charger interior changed in 2008). The appearance of the shifter “bezel” and center console resemble that of carbon fibre, and the Super Bee logo appears in the instrument cluster during “power up”, instead of the SRT logo.

It is a limited edition car, with only 1000 built for model year 2007, with build dates as early as August 2006. Each car is built in Brampton Assembly Plant, then shipped to Windsor to have decals applied and unique number plaque applied to the passenger side of the dash. Number sequence on dash, does not necessarily follow build order, as multiple “Bees” were shipped to Windsor by car carrier and order was not retained. It uses the same 425 bhp (317 kW; 431 PS) HEMI 6.1 Liter engine as the SRT8 versions of the Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300C.

2008

For the 2008 model year, the Super Bee was only made in “B5 Blue Pearl Coat” (sometimes listed as “Surf Blue Pearl”), reminiscent of the blue used by Chrysler vehicles in the 1960s and 1970s. Instead of fully polished SRT8 Charger wheels, the “pockets” are painted black on the ALCOA rims. Blue accent stitching inside replaces the yellow found on the seats and steering wheel, but the Charger’s interior was changed for 2008, so the dash and console are different than the 2007 version interior.This year also Introduced Touch Screen Navigation and In Dash DVD player. Again, it was based on the SRT-8 model and used the 6.1L engine, and had a limited production run of 1000.

2009

For the 2009 model year, the Super Bee was only made in “Hemi Orange Pearl Coat”, and was based on the SRT-8 model. The Super Bee used the 6.1L engine, and had a limited production run of only 425. This year also introduced touch screen navigation and in dash DVD player with hardrive. ALCOA rims were standard this year only.

2012-2014

In 2011, the Super Bee SRT-8 returned as a 2012 model on the redesigned Dodge Charger with the 392 HEMI engine (6.4L) in “Stinger Yellow” and “Pitch Black” colors, with additional colors being added for 2013 and 2014. This version of the Super Bee returned to the name’s roots as a “budget” muscle car, devoid of most luxury items yet maintaining high performance in the form of a less expensive SRT model.

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Super Bee

Year Body Style Production Total Production
1968 Coupe 7,842 7,842
1969 Coupe 7,650
1969 Hardtop 18,475 26,125
1970 Coupe 3,740
1970 Hardtop 10,614 14,254
1971 Hardtop 5,054 5,054
1971 SHIPMENTS to U.S.A Dealers 4,325

Production Numbers of ’71 Super Bee

Number Motor Option Transmission
2,889 383 Magnum HD automatic
766 383 Magnum 4-speed
203 383 Magnum 3-speed
268 340 4bbl HD automatic
39 340 4bbl 4-speed
69 440 Six Pack HD automatic
30 440 Six Pack 4-speed
26 440 4bbl (no trans. breakdown)
13 426 Hemi HD automatic
9 426 Hemi 4-speed

Production Numbers of ’71 Super Bee

Number Motor Option
1 426 Hemi (Canadian)
9 Sunroof

1971 Super Bee

With Opt Code Description Percent Total Production
R11 Music Master radio AM 85.6% 3,702
S77 Power Steering 84.1% 3,637
W/O N42 Chrome exhaust tips 68.5% 2,963
C16 Console w/Woodgrain Panel 40.1% 1,734
G11 Tinted glass all 30.6% 1,323
B41 & B51 Front disc brakes
Power Brakes
30.2% 1,306
F25 Battery 70 Amp Hour
(Series 27 w/Red Caps)
6.3% 272
W11 Deluxe Wheel Covers 5.9% 255
E87 440 6-bbl 2.3% 99
E87 & D32 440 6-bbl
Auto Trans
1.6% 69
T46 G78x14 WSW .4% 17

Production Numbers of ’71 Dodge Charger

Year Body Style Production Total Production
1971 Coupe 471
1971 Hardtop 41,564
1971 500 10,306
1971 SE 14,641
1971 Super Bee 5,054
1971 R/T 2,659 74,695

 

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