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Dodge Super Bee Creating a Buzz

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On: Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 9:04AM | By: Gary P Garry

Dodge Super Bee Creating a Buzz

The other day a car passed me slowly on the right as we were approaching a red light. It came to a stop, and I had the opportunity to drive past it. It caught my eye at first because it was yellow, and frankly, I'm not the biggest fan of yellow cars.

When I see a yellow Corvette I cringe at the lost opportunity, but that's just my opinion, and we know what they say about opinions.

Of course, I have no problem with taxicabs that are yellow, but that's the only acceptable application as far as I'm concerned. (I should mention that I also like the song “Yellow” by Coldplay, so I'm not a total hater.)

Anyway, back to the car that I saw. As I got close I could see that it was a late model Super Bee. Now I know that these cars were not exclusively yellow over the years, but it did make more sense when I became aware of the theme.

The Dodge Super Bee dates back to the 1968 model year, and these classics are true-school muscle cars. The car was based on the Dodge Coronet, and it was manufactured in limited numbers from 1968 through 1971 in the United States.

Plymouth introduced the Road Runner at the same time, and the two cars were based on the same concept. Chrysler wanted to have these divisions create muscle cars that stuck to the original ethos: a low price tag for a lot of power. The original standard Super Bee cost just over $3000.

There was only one body style in 1968, the two-door coupe. Under the hood you had two options: the standard 383 Magnum that was rated at 335 horsepower, and the big 425 horsepower 426 Hemi.

The Hemi option drove the price of the car up considerably, and only 125 of these units left the showrooms. In all, there were less than 8000 specimens produced for the 1968 model year.

The Super Bee was produced in Mexico only after American production ceased in 1971. This lasted through 1980.

The car reemerged from 2007 through 2009, and these reincarnations were produced in very limited quantities. It returned in 2012, and you can get a 2014 model right now if you are looking for a powerful stinger.

So much for that low-cost idea that spawned the car in the first place. These days the Super Bee is a high performance offering within the Charger line that carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price of over $49,000. (And by the way...the brand new ones don't come in yellow.)

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