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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.

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 | 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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Pontiac GTO 1970-71

The 1970 GTO was not available with hidden head lights they were replaced by four round head lamps outside of the grill although the car still retained the protruding hood ridge as well as the Endura (low impact speed - no damage)   cover around the bumper, head lights, and grill. The GTO was made more stable with the addition of a rear sway bar which complemented the heavier front sway bar to reduce the lean and the under steer. A handling option made available in 1970 was “variable ratio steering” which reduced the turning radius by about 8% from lock-to-lock.

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In 1970 the GTO economy engine was deleted, while the basic engine remained the same, while the Ram Air III and Ram Air IV power option were both sold but the latter was a special order. The new power option available was Pontiac's 455 HO long stroke slightly different from the one offered in 1971-72 model years. This new engine was about the same power as the Ram series but it was less difficult to keep running smoothly at low speeds and it did not have the ropy idle associated with the Rams. A rare option made available in 1970, for a short time only, was “Vacuum Operated Exhaust” (VOE) activated with an under dash lever marked “exhaust” which reduced back pressure when accelerating; the result was the engine had a little more power but a lot more noise. The only engine with this option is the “YS” 400 CID 350 hp equipped with a four speed manual or the turbo-hydra-matic transmission; very rare with 233 units leaving the assembly room so equipped. Skyrocketing insurance rates applied to muscle cars in 1970 contributed to the downward spiral of sales but GTO was still the third bestselling car in its class.

In 1971 the GTO had a few changes in front; the head lamps were closer together, horizontal bumper bars added, with the duel hood scoops moved further forward towards the restyled wire mesh grill. This year the Ram engine series was not available. The basic option was the 400 CID V8 but with lower compression and lower horse power than previous years. The 400 engine is rated at a modest 300 hp (220 kW) at 4,800 rpm. All the engines had a more conservative compression ratio as G.M. was gearing up for the non-leaded fuels soon to come on line.  The second engine available is the 455 CID V 8 with a four barrel carburetor which developed 325 hp (242 kW) at 4,400 rpm and was only available with the Turbo-Hydra-matic TH-400 transmission. The power engine option is the new 455 HO V 8 with a four barrel rated at 335 hp (250 kW) at 4,800 rpm. The standard rear end is an open ten bolt with posi-trac available as an option on the 400 engine but the 455 engine could have been ordered with a 12 bolt rear end with posi-trac as a second option.  The 455 with a four speed could do 0-60 in 6.1 seconds and the quarter mile in 13.4 seconds reaching 102 mph (164 km/h).  “The Judge” GTO was retired in February 1971.


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  1. Miss the old head lights . Easy to change , but everything succumbs to change be it good or bad !!!

  2. I remember back in 1982 had a 71 Lemans sport looked just like the G.T.O except for the hood i sure miss it but i hit a street light pole with it in 1982 :-(


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AMC Rebel 1967 to 1970

1967 Rebel
 The Rebel's first appearance is as a power option package for the Rambler Classic for the one year only in 1957. The Rebel was back for one more year in 1966 as a luxury option for the classic in a two door hard top model with bucket seats and special trim.
The 1967 Rebel is on a 2” longer wheelbase, with 4” more width than the Classic it replaces as the midsize offering from AMC and it has as much room as the “full size” models from the “big three”. It is available as a two door hard top, four door sedan, and four door wagon. A pillared coupe is offered in ’67 only and a convertible model was made available for ‘67 and ‘68. The Rebel has a smooth rounded appearance with a sweeping roof and lots of glass improving visibility.  Safety is important and the Rebel has a collapsible steering column with the controls and gauges under a hooded binnacle with the dash slightly forward and away from passengers. Another feature of all the AMC cars everyone likes is the reclining front seats and the self adjusting lap belts. The six cylinder engines were newly designed in ’66 as well as a 289 cu in (4.8 L) V8 and a 343 cu in (5.6 L) V8 which produces 280 hp (209 kW) with a four barrel and they stayed the same in ’67. The Rebel refines these engines as well as introducing more power engines from the same family. The front end of the Rebel uses the AMC independent front suspension with extra long control arms with high mounted coil springs but the rear end now has a four link trailing arm rear live axle suspension system with coil springs for a better ride. The torque tube AMC has also been scrapped in favor of an open drive shaft design.
1968 Rebel
The base Rebel is the 550, one step up to the 770, with the top model the SS and this one is only available as a coupe. AMC was often the first in many things such as safety and ’67 the company introduced another first – the most comprehensive warranty ever given with up to two years on everything or 25,000 miles and five years or 50,000 miles on the engine and drive chain. To prove the reliability of the car the company sponsored Rebel did a 30 hour endurance run to the tip of the Baja peninsula and set a record. This traditionally budget family car could also be a muscle car for a budget minding investment. The stock 383 cu in (5.6 L) in The Rebel SST hardtop equipped with the automatic transmission  did 0-60 (97 km/h) in 9 seconds reaching a top speed of 110 mph (177 km/h) and Popular Science, that did the test said the Rebel was the quietest of all the tested models.
The 1968 Rebel in appearance changes little from last year’s except a convertible is added to the line-up and the company name changes from Rambler to AMC. With the new name came a new 390 cu in (235 kW) engine V8 and a change in racing policy – the Rebel started to make an appearance on race track all over the country. A few new safety requirements in ’68 are shoulder straps for the seat belts, side marker lights, and exhaust emission requirements; The AMC also integrated a flush mount paddle style inside door latch as a safety feature.
1969 Rebel
The 1969 Rebel no longer offers a convertible model and the 550 and 770 designations are eliminated. The light body changes are a new grill, the tail lights wrap around the side, as well as some trim and ornamentation is added.
1970 Rebel "The Machine"
AMC Rebel side 1970
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The 1970 Rebels roof line changes a bit as well as the rear view on most models and the tail lights are integrated into the bumper. The power options are the big news for ’70 – the 290 is replaced with a 304 cu in (5.0 L) that develops 210 hp (157 kW), the 343 is changed to a 360 cu in with the two barrel it produces 245 hp (183 kW) or the optional four barrel produces 290 hp (216 kW). All the performance options can have a center console with a pistol grip shifter. The AMX 390 cu in (6.4 L) produces 325 hp (242 kW) is an option on SST models but a special 390 putting out 340 hp (254 kW) is standard equipment on the high performance “The Machine” and it has muscle. The Machine is fast but the most striking thing about  this model is the either patriotic or in your face paint job of red, white, and blue.
AMC Rebel 1970
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