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Dodge Super-Bee 1968 to 1970

The first generation Super Bee was made from 1968 to 1970 and introduce to the public at the Detroit auto show in 1968. Plymouth Road Runner was selling so well that Chrysler Corporation decided the model needed some competition within the company. The Dodge division saw this as a chance to break into the muscle car market. The “super Bee” became the lowest priced vehicle offered by Chrysler Dodge Division - it was styled along the same lines as the Road Runner.

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Outwardly the two cars are very similar; the Super Bee is slightly heavier - about 29 kg (65lbs) with a wheel base slightly longer at 300 c m (117”) as compared to the Road Runners 290 cm (116”).On the outside the Dodge has large wheel openings, fancy grill, and in the rear the Bee stripe with ornate tail lights. One other feature distinguishes the Dodge “Bee” and the Plymouth “Road Runner” the “Super Bee’ has three die cast chrome plated logo medallions; one on the rear of the car and two in front.

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The dashboard instrument cluster and sophisticated gauges are similar to the Chargers. The car has heavy duty suspension on the high performance tires while on the body the tail section sports the distinctive Bee logo and racing stripe. The 1968 model came in a coupe body style only and was basically equipped with an automatic or you could have chosen the Mopar A-833 four speed or a floor mounted four speed with a Hurst Competition-plus shift stick and Hurst linkage. The basic engine available was a bi block 335 hp (250kW) 383 magnum developing 335 hp (250 kW) or you could kick it up a few notches and install a 426 Hemi with a 425 hp (317 kW) rating. There were only 125 of the hemi engine sold. For the big buck a big block 440 cu in (7.3 L) was also available with 390 hp (291 kW).

Dodge Super Bee 1970© Moonb007 | Dreamstime.com - 1970 Super Bee Photo

In 1969 a hardtop was offered besides the coupe along with an optional functional twin-scope air induction system mounted on the hood. The base engine remained a 383 high performance or you could choose from two optional engines; a 440 with three two barrel carbs or “Six-pack” and the high end 426 Hemi. This year saw a tax applied to all the muscle cars as well as any other vehicles with large fuel consuming engines. The sales went down in 1969 and continued a downward spiral into 1970 models.

Dodge Superbee 1970

With the 1970 model Super Bee came some cosmetic changes such as a twin loop front bumper Dodge christened “bumble bee wings” as well an optional - “c-stripe” variation of the bumble bee stripe on the trunk lid. Interior changes included high back bucket seats, a column mounted ignition switch, and a pistol grip style shifter handle on the optional four speed.

The second generation “Bee” saw a slight increase in sales over the first generation for the budget priced muscle car although only 22 units were sold with the hemi option; this option was shelved until it became available again in the 2007 Super Bee. This was the only year to offer a small block 340 cu in (5.6 L) which had 275 hp (205 kW) with only 26 units built.

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  1. great classic muscle car unlike the new so called muscle cars that car actually looks great

  2. First car that I saw the speedometer actually go past 130mph and still climb, I thought I was going to die, what exhilaration.

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Plymouth Road Runner 1968 images

The Belvedere based Road Runner was created by Plymouth to give its customers a lower priced option than the uptown Satellite based GTX. The goodies are left on the shelf, although every power option in Mopar's arsenal could be had, and, the new model has a rock bottom sticker price. Initially the Road Runner is only available as a two door coupe, with a "B" pillar, but this was so successful a  two door hardtop (without the "B" pillar) is in showrooms later in '68.

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The first Roadrunners off the assembly line were spartan indeed with vinyl mats and only a rubber boot to cover the four speed floor shifer-no console was even available, but all units did have the unique and easily recognized "Beep-Beep" horn from the Road Runner cartoons. Plymouth did pay Warner Brothers a bundle of cash for the rights to use this sound and the Roadrunner logo. The options originally available did include, P/S, P/B, front disc brakes, power steering and AM radio. although the cost goes up with each addition.

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Oldsmobile Cutlass 1970 images

The Oldsmobile Cutlass base model in  1970 is the F-85 and could be a two door sedan, a two door hard top, four door hard top or four door sedan. The more uptown trimmed  and classy "Cutlass Supreme" has a notch back or the sporty fastback "Cutlass S"  are also on the options sheet. The basic 4-4-2 in 1970 is equipped with the 455 Rocket 88 engine and a four speed with a Hurst shift kit. There are seven body styles  in all in 1970, additionally including a convertible and two different station wagons.

 

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Dodge Super Bee 1969 images

The Chrysler "B" body, mid-size platform, is the source of the moniker "Super Bee", The success of the mid-sized Roadrunner and Charger models led to the introduction of the SuperBee in 1968. The first year it is only available as a pillared hard top, but in '69 a pillerless version is also an option. A factory correct 1969 SuperBee is powered by the base 383 Magnum, 440 six pack or the 426 Hemi.

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Ford Galaxie 1964 to 1968

The Galaxie in 1964 looks different from last year with the sloped roof introduced in the ’63 ½ models and the exterior is more sculptured and aerodynamic looking thanks to NASCAR testing. The interior as well has many changes for the last of this body design. The Ford Motor corporation quality control is about as good as it could be and most of these cars will make 100,000 miles before any major repairs could be needed. The Ford Galaxie has a good year in 1964 and their sales eclipse the other big three competitors numbers with the deserved reputation of having a low sticker price, comfort, good handling, and durability for all models.
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The biggest selling Ford in ’64 is the Galaxie XL hardtop coupe and this is still a popular model for collectors. The basic XL has the 289 V8 with a new style thin shell bucket seat designed for driver comfort, as well lap belts are mandatory in 1964 for the two outside front seats. The high performance option is the 427 cu in (7.0 L) and this same engine in the Galaxie does well at the tracks around North America but the car is still too heavy and the new light weight Fairlane Thunderbolt does better with the same engine. There is another engine that Ford Galaxie had introduced late in ’64 for racing at NASCAR; the SOHC 427 “Cammer” was possibly the most powerful engine ever put into a production car by a North American manufacturer and is rated at over 600 hp (450 kW). NASCAR had a change in rules and this engine never went into large scale production because Ford was afraid of being held liable it was never sold to the public – officially – but there is a big possibility that a few Galaxies with these engines are out there somewhere in the hands of the public.
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The 1965 Galaxie 500 has an all new body style, it is taller and wider with a stacked 2+2 headlight system with the XL designation dropped the 500LTD is the top model now. The engines are the same except for the six – it was dropped and an all new 240 cu in (3.9 L) is the smallest. The interior is much the same but the instrument cluster is altered somewhat and Ford introduces the double sided key. The new models have redesigned suspension – a three link style with all coils springs and the handling improves dramatically
In 1966 Ford introduces a new model; the Galaxie 500 7 liter with a 428 cu in (7.0 L) Thunderbird V8 engine. This year an am/fm radio is an option as is the dash mounted emergency brake light but the front and rear lap belts are mandatory now.
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The7 liter no longer carries the Galaxie name in 1967 except on the VIN number and some of the trim part numbers still say Galaxie. The car has a rounder, less boxy look with a new grill that has a large bend in the center. The interior has a padded center hub in the steering wheel as well as other padded surfaces with reassessed dash controls and there are shoulder belt anchors installed awaiting the shoulder belt law. The latest in technology is available this year; it is an eight track tape deck The engine options are all the same but the duel master brake cylinders and back up lights as standard equipment.
For 1968 the grill is changed and the headlights are no horizontally mounted and the car sports side marker lights this year. The standard engine offered is now a 302 cu in (4.9 L) and other standard equipment includes courtesy lights, cigarette lighter, suspended gas pedal, and padded front seat backs. This year the steering wheel is again different and all the Ford products have a soft bar running through the wheels diameter with a plastic horn blowing ring.

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