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The original Dodge Super Bee was based on the design of the Dodge Coronet, designed as a two-door coupe, and was produced from 1968 until 1970. It was the company’s low-priced powerful muscle car, derived from the design of the Plymouth Road Runner, and retailed at USD$3,027 on the consumer market. The origin of the name, “Super Bee”, has its basis in the “B” Body designation pertinent to Chrysler’s mid-sized cars, including the Road Runner and Charger.
For the 1970 model, the Super Bee received a cosmetic redesign and a new front-end was designed that consisted of a twin-looped front bumper that Dodge Public Relations referred to as “bumble bee wings”.However, sales plummeted for the year from 15,506 in 1970 to 5,054 in 1971—because of, or in spite of, this new look, with another sales pressure coming from higher insurance rates for performance cars; the similar Plymouth Road Runner and Plymouth Duster both experienced similar sales issues. In addition to the new looks, engine choices and “ramcharger” hood carried over from 1969, the 1970 cars from Dodge featured several new or improved options.
Rumors have surfaced regarding the many concept and show vehicles that Chrysler produced during the muscle car era, including the production of four concept Super Bee convertibles. The whereabouts of one 1970 Coronet Super Bee Hemi Convertible in In-Violet is known to exist in Ontario Canada, while the other three cars are unknown, but, in the following year, the company reintroduced a limited run of approximately 5,000 of the concept vehicles before permanent discontinuation.
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- Engine: 7.2L V8
- Weight: 1,715 kg / 3,780 lbs
- Power: 291 kW / 390 hp / 395 PS
- 0-100 kph: 6.0 seconds
- Torque: 664 Nm / 490 lb-ft
- Top Speed: 221 kph / 137 mph