It's always a kick encountering a classic car that's still in its
original form, but when that configuration also happens to include
one of the most sought-after drivetrains Mopar ever conjured up and
an exterior featuring its original shade, restored to a truly
impressive condition and exuding '70s charm, the enjoyment factor
definitely climbs a few notches. That's just what we have here with
this 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee.
The Coronet, as well as several other Dodge models, had undergone a
major redesign just a couple of years earlier, but Dodge saw fit to
make a couple of minor changes to give the '70 version an identity
all its own, most notably up front, where those distinctive dual
ovals on the grille, fittingly named "bumble bee wings", give the
Coronet an aggressive, intimidating glare. It's not likely that the
Mopar folks could have envisioned their handiwork looking any finer
than what we see here, as the precise restoration work has resulted
in this Super Bee's show-stopping look. It's decked out in the same
Plum Crazy color it left the factory with, and that purple hue is
in excellent form, carrying a nice, even shine from front to back.
It doesn't appear any shortcuts were taken, as the finishing
details that take a classic car to the next level have all been
looked after - the glass is crystal clear, the chrome bumpers and
trim are in great shape, the badging and emblems are sharp and the
white vinyl top shows no stains or exposure-related wear.
When you see a white interior in a classic car that looks as clean
as this one does, you can generally conclude that either it's been
sitting underneath a protective layer of plastic, or simply hasn't
seen much in the way of passenger traffic. There's no plastic to be
found, so we'll conclude the latter, as neither the high-backed
buckets in front, nor the bench seat in back show any discoloration
or wrinkles and the door panels are flush and carry no scuffs from
hasty exits. With the white of the seats and door panels
contrasting with the black of the carpeting and dash, this is a
great looking interior. Slide into the driver's seat and grip the
wood grain steering wheel with one hand and the pistol grip shifter
with the other and you'll see a dash area in front of you that's
been impressively restored, with new looking gauges in the cluster,
all surfaces sporting a deep black hue, and the dash pad running
across the top unwarped and showing no tears. The spacious trunk
area in back is lined with clean carpeting and features an
unscuffed, dent-free look that confirms that no shifting cargo has
exacted its toll - even on the wheel wells.
Lift up the Super Bee's generously proportioned Ramcharger hood and
you'll find the original matching numbers 440 cubic inch V8 sitting
inside the engine bay, with its "6-pack" configuration - made up of
3 Holley 2-barrel carbs lined up in a row to make for a potent
output of just under 400 horsepower in stock configuration.
Starting right up and running smoothly, it's paired with a coveted
4 speed manual transmission that's also original and shifts very
smoothly. The engine bay is nicely detailed with Hemi orange paint
and the many of the important details are correct with reproduction
hoses and clamps. The floors are as beautifully finished as the
exterior bodywork and reflect the time and effort taken in the
build. And to finish it off, it sits on a set of 15" stock Dodge
wheels, outfitted with Goodyear Polyglas GT tires.
Looking for a vintage Dodge muscle car that will distinguish itself
in ANY crowd? You have to see this 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee.