383CI/4 SPEED SUPER BEE, LIFT OFF HOOD, BRIGHT YELLOW PAINT, NICE LOOKING MOPAR
With all the emphasis on numbers and restorations and other minutiae in the Mopar world, it's often refreshing to find a car like this 1969 Dodge Super Bee that simply reminds us that this is supposed to be fun. It does carry a strong running 383, a 4-speed manual gearbox, plus a great color combination, which all adds up to a car that doesn't take itself too seriously and still delivers on its original promise of accessible performance.
In an era filled with creative paint names, the yellow paint on this Super Bee didn't get anything more exciting than "Yellow," but that's OK because it looks fantastic. Somehow the combination of the subtle color and the outrageous hood scoops and bumble bee stripe out back makes it look even more sleek and aggressive and it really should be no surprise why these cars were a runaway success when they were new. The repaint and bodywork are a few years old but it looks awesome, particularly with the blacked-out hood treatment and that giant hood scoop. The finish shines up well, body gaps are par for the Mopar course, and the paint has a correct period look. Those aforementioned hood scoop proudly wears 'MOPAR' decals and the Super Bee emblem that's part of the bumblebee stripe out back is crisply rendered. The blacked-out grille seems to work even better with light colors and from behind the oval exhaust tips and Super Bee emblems give everyone else something to admire before you pull away for good.
The black bench seat interior isn't glamorous, but it looks great inside the Super Bee shell and workmanship is excellent in every way. Factory bench seats were treated to reproduction seat covers and the door panels were restored to match. Factory-style black carpets include details like the driver's heel pad and you already know we love the look of a 4-speed shifter just poking out of the transmission tunnel like that. The small-diameter steering wheel focuses your attention on the Equus tach, which is located in just the right spot to allow unhindered views of the original gauges, and there are the usual aftermarket dials neatly installed under the dash. A modern AM/FM/CD stereo fits neatly in the original slot and the trunk is neatly finished with gray "mouse fur" upholstery that isn't exactly OEM but looks right.
There's a strong-running 383 cubic inch V8 under the hood, and the Super Bee is easily recognizable with that big oval air cleaner up top. Smooth torque is the name of the game and the car launches with authority around town and cruises easily on the highway. A few dress-up parts like the finned Mopar Performance valve covers make it look good, and underneath that air cleaner there's an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor on a high-rise intake manifold. It's a strong runner, and we like the 383s a lot because they love to rev and they're virtually indestructible. The 4-speed manual transmission never even blinks at the torque channeling through it and the long-tube heders and new Flowmaster exhaust system sound great, as they always do behind a Chrysler big block. Also take a moment out check out the floors, which are in original condition and those Magnum 500 wheels, which carry fat BFGoodrich T/A radials.
Fast and fun, this very attractive Super Bee under-promises and over-delivers in a lot of ways. And along the way, you might also discover that it's a smart buy. Call now!
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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