This 1969 Dodge Super Bee is one of those cars that just looks mean
sitting still. With a nasty reputation, these Super Bees were
low-priced street brawlers that more than lived up to their billing
and today remain some of the most popular muscle cars for all the
right reasons. With a screaming supercharged 383 under the hood and
a 5-speed transmission, this one also happens to live up to the
reputation in a very big way.
With all the wild color names Chrysler was using in the late'60s, this one has been repainted in its original code A4 Silver Metallic, which doesn't sound like much but when you see it in person you'll realize that this car was ordered by a grown-up. Discovering a clean, straight, and stealthy high-performance Mopar is akin to a needle in a haystack, and as a result this one enjoyed a fairly comprehensive restoration just a few years ago. The body shell was restored to a very high standard, and the fit and finish are beyond anything Chrysler could have managed in 1969. Panel gaps are quite good, the doors close effortlessly, and the sheetmetal looks like it just popped out of the presses moments before the paint was sprayed. And speaking of paint, the two-stage urethane captures the subtle color and while it doesn't jump out at you initially, it's simply awesome in the sun. Super Bee graphics were added on the tail, and the hood carries proper scoops just for effect. Nice chrome bumpers and a bit of stainless trim help with the presentation, and there's just no angle from which this car doesn't look great.
While they were built to be budget brawlers, this Super Bee keeps it all business with a handsome black interior that was probably freshened when the paint was done a few years ago. High-back buckets are a great addition, making it more comfortable and better able to take advantage of the horsepower now living under the hood. It also offers a correct Rallye instrument cluster complete with functional Tic-Toc-Tach, a rare and desirable option all by itself. A tilt steering column with a custom banjo wheel also helps in the comfort department and there's a pistol-grip shifter with a Hurst linkage growing out of the transmission tunnel, now attached to a modern 5-speed with overdrive. Accessory gauges under the dash are a good idea with that much engine up front and a modern AM/FM/CD/iPod stereo system has been added as well. The trunk is functional, thanks to a full-sized mat and spare tire, along with a fuel cell and relocated battery.
The engine is a built 383 cubic inch V8, which came out of the factory rated at 335 horsepower. That's kind of irrelevant now, because there's a giant Procharger D-1SC supercharger bolted on today. Huffing through a big Holley 4-barrel carburetor and a high-rise intake manifold, the actual horsepower figures are considerably bigger today. Workmanship throughout is race-grade, with billet aluminum and braided stainless hardware to support the big blower. There's a big aluminum radiator up front, augmented by an electric fan, so this supercharged brut never gets overheated, and long-tube headers feed a custom dual exhaust system that rumbles but doesn't get annoying. The undercarriage is probably original and shows well, with numerous hardware upgrades, including 4-wheel disc brakes, subframe connectors, and heavy-duty shocks. The Tremec 5-speed manual and original 8.75-inch rear end don't mind the added power and it sits exactly right on Magnum 500 wheels with fat BFGoodrich T/A radials.
High performance Mopars are all about the horsepower, and few cars we've driven deliver like this awesome Road Runner. Call today.