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.

Dodge Super-Bee (3)

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.

Dodge Super-Bee (6)

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 | - 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.

11 thoughts on “Dodge Super-Bee 1968 to 1970”

  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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Cadillac 1954 – 1956 generation four series 62

The Series 62 Cadillac, fourth generation is at the forefront in luxurious and new innovations for the 1954 model year. The sedans unique window revel molding gives a sun-visor effect and the coupes have a “Florentine” style backlit rear window with a smooth, curved look. All units have a full width vent across the cowling at the bottom of the windshield and the headlamps display a prominent visor. Standard Cadillac features include 12-volt electronics and aluminium alloy pistons are newly added this year, as is the parking brake warning light. Options to choose are power seats, power steering, power brakes, power windows and the new auto-dimming headlights. All model Cadillac sport the Eldorado style wraparound window glass, redesigned grill, reverse gull-wing bumpers with tapered “daomar style” guards and the dual exhaust system is designed into the chromed rear bumper extensions for a sleek look.

Cadallac 1956 (1)

The Eldorado has its gold crest behind the air-slot fenderbreaks with the lower portion of each rear quarter section sporting fluted aluminum panels. The Eldorado also comes equipped with monogramed door plates and wire wheels, with the Cadillac crest emblazed on the seat bolsters along with other custom interior trim highlights. The Coupe-De-ville can be readily identified by the script across the hardtop on each rear corner pillar and this model also has wider sill moldings. The series sixty-two has scraped the louvers previously on the rear fenders and full length body underscores with a brightly polished metal finish are certain ways to tell the’54 from last year’s models.

Cadallac 1956 (2)

There are two engines to choose from in ‘54; a 365 cu in (6.0 L) or the 331 (5.4 L), both are OHV V8’s, which are bolted to the 4-speed Hydra-matic automatic transmission.  Popular Mechanics magazine rates the heavy weight Cadillac capable of doing 0- 60 mph (97 km/h) in 17.3 seconds, but maintains a luxurious quite in the passenger compartment.

Cadallac 1956 (3)

The 1955 Cadillac has the front parking lights are now directly below the headlamps in the bumpers, also below the wing guards with  a refreshed grill with more space between the blades, the rail-side moldings are at right angles to the doors vertical trim, and the Florentene rear window is styled into the sedans now, as well as the coupe. There are three chromed moldings added to surround the plate and the “V” ornamentation and appropriate Cadillac crests are prominently displayed on the rear deck lid. The Coupe De Ville scripting is now forward of the rear window pillars. The Eldorado convertible has extra wide belt moldings for a distinctively designed rear fender and the twin taillights have a more flattened point this year. Tubeless tires are now a standard feature on all Cadillac models as are back-up lights, turn signals and the automatic transmission. The sales reached an all-time high of 118,190 units this year.

Cadallac 1956 (4)

The grill is again redone for 1956, now with a finer pattern and can be ordered as the standard satin unit or the optional golden finish. The Cadillac name has been moved to the far left side of the grill and a narrow chromed molding has nine vertical louvers, while crests are mounted on each side of the front fenders. Additionally this year the Sedan De Ville is offered as a counterpart to the Coupe De Ville, which is more opulently appointed than the other four door series 62 models and as a result, sold 41,732 units in the sedan version. A new Eldorado convertible is called the Biaritz to tell it apart from the Seville and has a chrome ribbed saddle molding extend from the windshield to the back window pillar, through to the rear fender fins. Power steering is now a basic equipment item on all Cadillac units from 1956 onward. The series 62 Cadillac again broke the all-time sales record with a combined total of 134,502 units sold in all models and body styles. The Popular Mechanics rates the new 1956 Cadillac at a much quicker, 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 12 seconds flat while delivering 8.3 mpg in traffic situations and they also note that the speedometer is precise.

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