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CARFAX — Your Vehicle History Expert
Sometimes what you don't know can't hurt you, but that's not the case when buying a used car. As an independent vehicle history provider, at CARFAX we've made it our mission to tell you everything you need to know by uncovering as many events as possible from the previous life of a used car. Our primary goal is to help you get to know your next car from the inside out before deciding to make an investment that will be part of you and your family's everyday life. We believe your next car shouldn't be hiding anything from you.
CARFAX Vehicle History Reports contain over 28 billion historical records from 20 European countries, the US and Canada, which are updated daily with new information.
Even if you live in a country we don't collect vehicle data from, it's still always worth checking the Vehicle Identification Number without obligation. The used car import and export market is booming and many owners would be surprised to find out exactly what happened to their vehicle during its previous life abroad.
Privacy for Customers — Transparency over Vehicles
Let's be clear: Although we strive to find every detail of a vehicle's life so far, we are focused only on the vehicle's history, and do not collect any information on previous owners. The information we provide relates solely to the vehicle, its odometer reading, any accidents that have been covered up, where the vehicle comes from and much more — it never gets personal. We've uncovered irreparable damage several times in the past, but other times our vehicle history checks draw a blank — and sometimes that's actually a good thing.
Second Hand — Not Second Best
Did you know that considerably more used cars are sold than new cars? We think this second-hand system is nothing short of fantastic. However, it goes without saying that it gives rise to different methods and tactics: Some sellers will disguise a car that's been in an accident under a fresh coat of paint, tamper with the odometer or conceal theft. This is one of the less appealing aspects of buying second hand. Our goal is to establish trusting relationships between buyers and sellers, since this is the best way to help customers make the right decision. Your new car should be reliable and make you feel safe, as well as make you feel like you haven't paid too much.
But more than anything else, we don't want you or your family unknowingly sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle that isn't 100% safe. This is why we strive to take these vehicles off the road, which not only makes the used car market safer but our streets safer too.
CARFAX — 35+ Years of Experience in Vehicle Histories
CARFAX was founded in the US in 1984 and expanded into Europe in 2007. Around 100 team members spread across six European offices process vehicle information from 22 countries.
Fostering strategic partnerships with registration authorities, law enforcement agencies, government departments, insurance companies, inspection centers and numerous other leading companies around the world has enabled us to compile a unique international database for vehicle histories. We use this database to help make the used car market more transparent. We give everyone in the process of buying a used car access to what is currently the world's most comprehensive source for vehicle history reports, and is growing day by day.
We remain neutral and independent despite our partnerships — our sole purpose is help customers make an informed choice and ensure their safety and the safety of their family. This includes never collecting any personal details — we do not accept any PII from data sources amongst the information we provide about a vehicle. We ensure that data protection laws are observed at all times. Furthermore, we always collect our data in compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks — in all the countries in which we are active. We expressly distance ourselves from illegal activities such as data theft, scraping and hacking.
How do you stand out in the sea of Chargers, Cuda’s, and Superbirds at MoParty 2020? One way is to hack the back off your 2007 Super Bee Charger and add a truck bed. The trick, however, is to do it in such a way that passing enthusiasts have no clue if you built it or Dodge did and marooned it in some overseas market.
Tom Childers’ Ute was certainly a hit at MoParty, with no shortage of crowds gathering to gawk at the unique styling. The debate raged heavily whether it was OEM or original.
A Smyth Performance Ute kit was the basis for the build, including all relevant body panels and the truck bed. Installation was performed by Scott Bagshaw of Bagshaw Hot Rod Fabrication,
“People will come up to us and say, ’I had no idea Dodge made one of those,’ and that’s really the greatest compliment we can get,” said Childers.“ You can’t go anywhere in this car without people stopping to take pictures.”
It wasn't on a whim that Childers pursued the Super Bee ute … Super Ute? Ute-er-Bee? He bought his Charger with the express intent of transforming it into the Dodge equivalent of a Holden Maloo– one of the many truck/car mashups known casually in Australian vernacular as a “ute.”
The interior features a new, upholstered bulk head emblazoned with the Super Bee Logo. It and the radio mark the only changes to the interior.
“I wanted a Holden ute, but I couldn’t afford one,” said Childers. “It’s so expensive to get one over here and make it legal to drive. I only drove this car for 2 days before it went under the knife.”
With a little help from a Smyth Performance Ute kit, and Bagshaw Hot Rod Fabrication, Childer’s dream went from myth to metal.
“We live in Mooresville North Carolina,” said Childers. “It’s race city USA where all the NASCAR teams are. There’s just too much talent there for me to try and do [the car] by myself.
Childers instead enlisted the help of Scott Bagshaw, a former employee of Hendricks Motorsports. It took Bagshaw a mere 70 hours of labor to convert the charger from a sedan into a ute, though he felt another one would only take 50 hours. The process eliminated the rear doors and replaced the rear seat and trunk with a pickup box.
“You cut away all bodywork from the B-pillar back,” said Childers. “The suspension, electrical, and drivetrain all remain the same, but it’s 450lbs lighter than it was from the factory. It’s got a little more zip now.”
The bed is bigger than expected and completely useable. It also pulls 450lbs of weight out of the Charger.
The Smyth kit includes new body panels that install over the rear quarter panel and attach via bolts and rivets so no welding or fabrication is required. The rear windshield is sourced from a Chevy Colorado, the tailgate from a Ford Ranger, and a Dodge Caravan gave up its rear taillights to the project. After the conversion was finished, the ute was sent to Brother’s Custom Garage in Mooresville, North Carolina for paint.
Childers originally commissioned the car for HOT ROD Power Tour 2020, but with that canceled, he’s set his sights on the 2021 event. In the meantime, he’ll continue to collect odometer miles and curious glances from thoroughly tricked traffic goers.
What Makes The Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee An Instant Classic
By Aaron Young
Starting in 2007, and lasting until 2009, Dodge revived the legendary Super Bee name for the Charger, with a limited edition of 1000 per year.
Predicting what cars will be future classics can be difficult. Tastes change as time goes on, and what may have been considered at the top of the car game now, can fade into obscurity decades down the road. Cars that may be considered undesirable one year, can skyrocket in value and respect as well, but others show all the signs of being a classic from the moment they are released.
Building off of a revered legacy is one way this happens, with cars like the new Shelby Mustang GT350 or Dodge Demon being recognizable by most enthusiasts as a continuation, and enhancement of previous classics in the brand's catalog. When these tributes are done properly, there's little doubt as to whether they'll attain classic status, even when new.
While Dodge is gaining plenty of respect by returning to their roots as Chrysler's all out performance division, with cars like the Charger Hellcat, in previous decades, their reputation fell to an all time low. But this resurgence didn't just happen in the past couple years, in 2012 Dodge released a continuation of their legendary Super Bee that fell under the radar of the average car enthusiast, but among Mopar fans, is a sure-fire future classic.
Read on to find out what makes the dodge SRT8 Super Bee such a certain future classic:
Bringing Affordability To The Golden Age Of Muscle
The year was 1968, one of the biggest years in muscle car history. Monsters like the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Chevelle were at an all time high in both power and comfort, rolling straight out of the factory, and on to the streets that they'd dominate with impunity. These big V8 powerhouses were mostly unchallenged, with fuel costing very little, and no need to meet any serious emissions standards, muscle cars were king. But the big names in the muscle car world were unattainable for most people, these were high-end options of mid-size cars. To get the V8 power you wanted, you had to opt for nearly every option the car had.
It was Plymouth, Dodge's sister brand, that took note of this. Their Belvedere based GTX was one of the names to beat, but followed that same pattern of requiring luxury options to have the best V8. Dodge had this same formula in the Coronet R/T, based on the same B-body platform as the Belvedere.
But when Plymouth made the leap into affordable territory with their big V8 powered, but lacking the luxury trim, Belvedere based Road Runner, it was an instant success. So much so that Dodge decided to do the same thing with their Coronet R/T, the same year the Road Runner is born, the Coronet Super Bee (a play on words from the "B-body" it was based on) is also brought into the world.
Stinging The Road Runner, And Enthusiast's Hearts
With the Super Bee being released immediately after the Road Runner in 1968, it was clear that these less luxurious, but just as powerful, muscle cars were an accurate prediction of what people at the time wanted. The Super Bee came standard with a 383 V8 that could put down 335 HP, a scorcher for how affordable it was.
While the Road Runner and Super Bee were nearly identical B-body based cars, Dodge had a reputation to uphold as the higher end brand within the Chrysler group, giving the Coronet Super Bee the dashboard from their higher end Charger, shifter upgrades, beefier suspension, and a 3d die-cast metal Super Bee emblem (as opposed to the Road Runner's 2d sticker).
But that would be the problem, the affordable formula just wasn't as impactful in the long run for a higher end brand, Plymouth would sell 84,000 Road Runners in 1969, compared to Dodge's 28,000 Super Bees. But Super Bees were beloved by those who bought them, and a true powerhouse of it's time, earning it a firm place as a Mopar legend.
In 1971, Dodge switched the Super Bee name over from the Coronet, to the Charger, as the Coronet was now being positioned as a more affordable alternative to the Charger. While the 1971 Charger Super Bee was as good as it got for affordable Mopar muscle, this would be the last year of the Super Bee, as it was killed off completely after only 3 years of life.
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A Step In The Right Direction
While the original Super Bee had a short life, it died as a legend. Meanwhile, Plymouth had slammed the Road Runner name into a wall in the late 1970s by attaching it to cosmetic packages on cars like the Volare, tainting it into merely a gimmick. But the Super Bee name had remained pure, and one that lasted as a revered name among Mopar enthusiasts.
While the Dodge Charger itself had been effectively neutered in the Malaise era, it was a victim of a terrible time for American performance. In 2006 Dodge reveals their 6th generation Charger, the first new Charger since their mediocre 1987 model.
Starting in 2007, and lasting until 2009, Dodge revived the legendary Super Bee name for the Charger, with a limited edition of 1000 per year. Based on the top end SRT8 Charger, these Super Bees were quick and a blast to drive, but missed the original point of the name. Instead of trimming away the frills and high price of the top end model, the Super Bee graphics were simply added on over an already built SRT8.
As well, this generation of Charger didn't get the greatest response from consumers, as the almost entirely plastic interior and mediocre overall quality made it rather underwhelming as the comeback story for a once legendary car.
The Spiritual Successor, 41 Years In The Making
Finally, in 2011, the 7th generation Charger is released. Marking a massive improvement over the 6th generation, the new Charger has a well designed and built interior and exterior, better ride quality, and improvements on most corners of the car. With cars like the Hellcat in the works, Dodge commits to returning to their roots as the higher end performance brand they once were.
With the SRT8 Charger still in production, Dodge decides to finally revive the Super Bee as a proper successor to what it once stood for, and in 2012, this becomes a reality. With the release of the new Super Bee, the revered name is finally attached to a car that stands for what it truly means. Offering the engine and drivetrain from the SRT8, but without the luxury options needed to select the SRT8 package, the Super Bee costs $4,300 less than its upscale brother, while still offering all the performance. Even better, Dodge brought back the 3d die-cast Super Bee logo.
With a 392 Hemi V8 under the hood, good for 470 HP and a 0-60 MPH of 4.5 seconds, and devoid of the high end options that make it's brother expensive, the SRT8 Super Bee is finally a proper return to form as the affordable way to get top end muscle performance. While it only lasted from 2012 to 2014, these limited, but popular, production numbers, combined with the fact that it was a true continuation of a legendary and beloved name, make it a definite classic in this age of modern muscle cars.
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After taking a closer look at the Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee at the L.A. auto show, we noticed that the differences between it and the standard SRT8 go beyond the cosmetic changes we already reported. We now have a better idea of what’s included—and what isn’t—as well as how much the car will cost.
While official pricing hasn’t been confirmed, an SRT spokesperson told us to expect a sticker right between those of a well-equipped Charger R/T and the SRT8. That puts a base Super Bee, we figure, somewhere near $40K. If our hunch bears out, it will be the least expensive SRT8 model from Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge.
Here’s a rundown of what’s deleted from a standard SRT8 in exchange for the approximate $8000 rebate:
- Active exhaust
- Adaptive dampers (the Super Bee uses regular Bilstein dampers)
- Forged, 20-inch aluminum wheels (the Super Bee’s 20s are cast)
- Leather upholstery (the Super Bee gets its own embroidered cloth seats)
- Navigation (it’s not even optional in the Bee)
- Heated and cooled cup holders
- Twelve-way memory driver’s seat (a six-way non-memory seat is subbed in)
- Heated seats and steering wheel, front-seat ventilation
In addition, a few items become optional instead of being included off the bat: HID headlights, automatic dual-zone climate control, remote start, satellite radio, and, oddly enough, paddle shifters. And several regular SRT8 options can’t be ordered at all, including a sunroof, the Driver Confidence Group (rain-sensing wipers, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, auto high-beams), and the Adaptive Cruise Group (adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning).
So it turns out the Super Bee is a stripper, offering big Hemi power for less in much the same way the Ram Express does for Chrysler’s trucks. While some who decide to drop $40,000 on a Charger will surely just pony up the additional $8K to get the goodies, we have no doubt that the lower price will entice more than a few technophobes, purists, and collectors. Lots of muscle at a lower price—consider us on board.
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Dodge Super Bee
The Dodge Super Bee is a mid-sized muscle car marketed by Dodge, that was produced for the 1968 through 1971 model years.
In Mexico, the Super Bee was based on a compact-sized Chrysler platform and marketed from 1970 to 1980.
The Super Bee model name was resurrected for the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2013 Dodge Charger Super Bee models.
1968–1970 Chrysler B platform
The original Dodge Super Bee was based on the Dodge Coronet two-door coupe, and was produced from 1968 until 1970. It was Dodge's low-priced muscle car and rebranded and mildly distinguished from the Plymouth Road Runner. 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.
Plymouth's Road Runner sales were enough to have Dodge Division General Manager, Robert McCurry, request a similar model from the Dodge Styling office. Senior designer, Harvey J. Winn, won a "contest" with the name "Super Bee" and a new logo design based on the Dodge "Scat Pack" Bee medallion. The design of the first Super Bee was influenced by the 1968 Coronet convertible and the show car's interior was built by the Alexander Brothers. The show car was introduced at the 1968 Detroit Auto Show.
Although the two cars are similar in external appearance, the Super Bee was slightly heavier (approx. 65 lb (29 kg)) and rode on a 117-inch (3,000 mm) wheelbase compared to the Road Runner's 116 in (2,900 mm) wheelbase. In addition to minor external differences, such as larger rear wheel openings, the bumblebee tailstripe and fancier grille, and the taillight ornamentation, the Super Bee also used actual diecast chrome-plated "Bee" medallions. These three-dimensional medallions were prominently mounted in a raised position in the grille/hood area and the trunklid/taillight area of the car throughout the first three years of production.
The Super Bee used a dash cluster from the Dodge Charger, while the 4-speed manual transmission cars received a Hurst Competition-Plus shifter with Hurst linkage; this shifter compared to the Road Runner's less expensive Inland shifter and linkage. Due to the higher-quality accessories attached to the Super Bee, the car was sold at a higher price in comparison to the Plymouth version and this had a negative effect on sales.
The Super Bee was available with the Hemi engine. This option raised the price by 33%, and 125 were sold. The 1968 model was available only as a two-door coupe, with two engine options, the base 335 hp (250 kW) 383 Magnum, and the 426 Hemi, rated at 425 hp (317 kW).
The Super Bee included a heavy-duty suspension, an optional MoparA833 4-speed manual transmission, and high-performance tires. Outside, a stripe (with the bee logo) was wrapped around the tail.
A hardtop version joined the existing pillared coupe body in 1969 and a new optional twin-scooped air induction hood, the "Ramcharger", became available. This particular option was coded N96 and was the counterpart to the Plymouth Road Runner's "Coyote Duster" air induction hood. The "Ramcharger" hood featured forward-facing scoops.
A "six-pack" (three two-barrel Holleycarburetors) version of Dodge's 440 cu in (7.2 L) engine was added to the offering list mid-year rated at 390 bhp (395 PS; 291 kW) @ 4700 rpm and 490 lb⋅ft (664 N⋅m) @ 3600 rpm of torque. The option code for this was A12, which changed the 5th digit of the VIN to M. These special order 1969 1/2 Dodge Super Bees are known as A12 M-code cars. The A12 package also equipped the cars with a Dana 60axle with a 4:10 gear-ratio, heavy duty automatic transmission or a 4-speed manual, and a 'lift off' flat black scooped hood. Other components to the A12 package included heavy duty internal engine parts, black steel wheels with performance G70x15 tires, and heavy-duty 11-inch drum brakes. A total of 1,907 A12 M-code 440 Six Pack 1969 1/2 Dodge Super Bees were produced. This option fell half-way between the standard engine and the Hemi as a USD463 option. The 1969 model year included the base 383 Magnum, 440 Six Pack, and the 426 Hemi. The 440 Magnum (4bbl) was reserved for the Coronet R/T.
For the 1970 model, the Super Bee received a redesign and a new front-end that consisted of a twin-looped front bumper that Dodge Public Relations referred to as "bumble bee wings". Sales fell 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.For example, a "C- stripe" variant of the bumble stripe was offered, in addition to new high-back bucket seats, a steering column-mounted ignition and a "pistol grip" Hurst shifter on four-speed models.
- 1968: 7,842–7,717 (383), 125 (426 Hemi)
- 1969: 27,800–25,727 (383), 1,907 (440 Six Pack), 166 (426 Hemi)
- 1970: 15,506
1971 Chrysler B platform
The 1971 Coronet line were built in four-door sedan and station wagon body versions, the Super Bee model was moved to the platform used by the Charger. Since an R/T muscle car version of the Charger already existed, the Super Bee was promoted as the low-priced model in the line, selling at USD$3,271. Production numbers of the Super Bee reached 5,054, including 22 with the Hemi engine.
1971 was the first and only year that a small block engine (340 4-bbl) became available in the Super Bee.
- 1971: 340 in³ (5.6 L) Small-BlockV8, 275 hp (205 kW)
- 1971: 383 in³ (6.3 L) Big-BlockV8, 300 hp (224 kW)
- 1971: 440 in³ (7.2 L) Big-BlockV8, 370 hp (275 kW)
- 1971: 440 in³ (7.2 L) Big-BlockV8, 385 hp (287 kW)
- 1971: 426 in³ (7.0 L) HemiV8, 425 hp (317 kW)
- 1972: 400 in³ (6.6 L) Big-BlockV8, 320 HP (4,800rpm,410 ft-lbs torque 3,200 rpm)
The moniker was discontinued in the domestic market until the 2007 Super Bee, the LX platform based Charger SRT-8.
Mexican Valiant Super Bee
In 1970, Chrysler of Mexico introduced the new Dodge Super Bee as a replacement for the company's previous sports car product, the Plymouth Barracuda. As the production and sale costs of the third-generation Barracuda in Mexico were too high, Dodge adapted the semi-fastback A-Body platform and introduced the Super Bee at the beginning.
The Super Bee was only available with the V8 318 engine (270 hp) and either a four-speed or three-speed manual transmission. The 1970 model was virtually identical to the Plymouth Duster (known in Mexico as the "Valiant Duster"), with side stripes and the Super Bee decals.
In 1971, Dodge differentiated the Super Bee from the Duster, by using the grille from the American Dodge Demon. The model's body was modified on one further occasion, in 1972, and, by 1973, the front of the Dodge Dart became the standard design for the entire A Body line-up; the Duster, Super Bee, Valiant, and Dart all consisted of the same front grille, with the rear tail lights constituting the only difference between the Super Bee and the Valiant. However, in 1976, the final year for the A body cars, the front grille of the Plymouth model became the standard design.
The Valiant Super Bee was equipped with the 318 V8 engine, with 270 hp, from 1970 to 1974; from 1975 to 1976, it contained the 360 V8 engine, with 300 hp—these engines had more power in Mexico than in the US, as Mexican anti-pollution laws were less strict in comparison to the US. Over the years, these models only received minor changes, such as new grilles, rear panels, and tail lights. The first generation was produced from 1970 to 1976; during the fall of 1975, Chrysler introduced the new F Body cars: the Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare (as 1976 models), while the Aspen R/T and Volare Road Runner were released as the sports versions.
Chrysler de México continued to use old model names after they were dropped in the U.S. marketplace. The Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare were sold in Mexico as the Dodge Dart and the Valiant Volare, and the sports version was named the Valiant Super Bee. The Mexican Dodge Dart consisted of the front of the US Plymouth Volare and the rear of the Dodge Aspen, while the Mexican Valiant Volare and the Dodge Super Bee consisted of the front of the Dodge Aspen and the rear of the US Plymouth Volare.
The Super Bee was equipped with the 360 V8 engine and 300 hp, the three-speed Torque Flite automatic transmission (or the four-speed manual transmission), sports wide wheels, front spoiler, and a rear spoiler-style Trans Am with the Super Bee spelling (with an optional blind in the rear window). The federal highway patrol used Super Bee as a squad car. For the 1980-model year, the Super Bee received a new front with rectangular headlamps.
For the 1981-model year, the Dodge Diplomat was introduced in Mexico, under the name of Dodge Dart (replacing the Dodge Aspen), and was considered a luxury car. A new sports version of the 1981 Dodge Dart replaced the Valiant Super Bee and is now called the Dodge Magnum—the version consisted of the 360 V8 engine and 270 hp, with variations in transmissions: The three-speed automatic and the four-speed manual.
2007–2009 Charger (LX) platform
A new 2007 Super Bee model was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. It is based on the Dodge Charger SRT-8 and its exterior consists of special "Detonator Yellow" paint, a "Flat Black" hood and fender "decals". The production version consisted of a hood decal, rather than an entirely black hood, and the "hockey stick" stripe on the side was changed from solid black to a dashed black stripe positioned at the bottom of the exterior. The wheels are fully polished and do not contain the silver-painted areas of the "stock" SRT8 Charger. The interior is completely black, with yellow accent stitching on the seats and shift knob; this is unlike the "two-tone" interior of the standard SRT8 Charger which consists of red stitching (this is the only model that contains such an interior, as the Charger interior changed in 2008). The appearance of the shifter "bezel" and center console resembles that of carbon fiber, and the Super Bee logo appears in the instrument cluster during "power-up", instead of the SRT logo.
It is a limited edition car, with 1,000 made for the 2007 model year with build dates as early as August 2006. Each car is built in Brampton Assembly Plant, then shipped to Windsor to have decals applied and unique number plaque applied to the passenger side of the dash. The number sequence on the dash does not necessarily follow build order, as multiple "Bees" were shipped to Windsor by car carrier, and the order was not retained. It uses the same 425 bhp (317 kW; 431 PS) HEMI 6.1 Liter engine as the SRT8 versions of the Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300C.
For the 2008 model year, the Super Bee was only made in "B5 Blue Pearl Coat" (sometimes listed as "Surf Blue Pearl"), reminiscent of the blue used by Chrysler vehicles in the 1960s and 1970s. Instead of fully polished SRT8 Charger wheels, the "pockets" are painted black on the ALCOA wheels. Blue accent stitching inside replaces the yellow found on the seats and steering wheel, but the Charger's interior was changed for 2008, so the dash and console are different than the 2007 version interior. This year also introduced touch screen navigation and an in-dash DVD player. It was based on the SRT-8 model using the 6.1 L engine and had a production run of 1,000 units.
For the 2009 model year, the Super Bee was only made in "Hemi Orange Pearl Coat", and was based on the SRT-8 model. The Super Bee used the 6.1 L engine, and had a production run of 425. This year also introduced touch screen navigation and an in-dash DVD player with a hard drive. ALCOA wheels were standard this year only.
2012–2014 Charger (LD) platform
In 2011, the Super Bee SRT-8 returned as a 2012 model on the redesigned Dodge Charger with the 392 HEMI engine (6.4 L) in "Stinger Yellow" and "Pitch Black" colors, with additional colors being added for 2013 and 2014. This version of the Super Bee returned to the name's roots as a "budget" muscle car, devoid of most luxury items yet maintaining high performance in the form of a less expensive SRT model.
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In the world of automobiles, models come and models go. While some vehicles are impressive enough to stand the test of time, others are slowly forgotten in lieu of newer, better models. Though Dodge’s first budget muscle car helped pave the way to the impressive future it currently has, Dodge’s Super Bee was a brief moment in history that was soon forgotten. Or was it?
Dodge’s first budget muscle car
The 1960s brought an entirely new trend of vehicles to America. Decades of knowledge, engineering, and innovation helped broaden the market variety. And it was during this time that muscle cars were at their peak of popularity.
So when automaker Plymouth launched a budget muscle car in 1967, many other brands felt the pressure to move to affordability. And Dodge, better known for its sporty, performance cars than Plymouth, had to put out its own budget-friendly muscle car to compete.
According to Muscle Car Club, Dodge used its popular Coronet coupe as a base to design and create its own budget muscle car. Released in the spring of 1968, the Dodge Super Bee would give the Plymouth Road Runner a run for its money. After all, Dodge simply did “muscle” better.
The brief life of the Dodge Super Bee
When the Dodge Super Bee made its debut in 1968, it had a base price of around $3,000. Though slightly higher than the Road Runner’s sticker price, both cars used “the same basic chassis,” as well as the same engines.
The Dodge Super Bee came standard with an eight-cylinder engine that made 335 hp. An available Hemi, making 426 hp, cost owners $1,000 more. In order to keep the car budget-friendly, it came with minimal amenities. But Dodge did add heavy-duty suspension brakes, wide oval tires, racing stripes surrounding the tail, and a giant “Super Bee” emblem on the rear fenders.
One year later, in 1969, Dodge added a two-door hardtop variant to the Super Bee family, as well as a redesigned bumble bee stripe on the rear, “Scat Pack” badge on the grille and trunk, and a new Ramcharger cold-air induction system.
The 1969 model also came with a new engine option, which replaced carbs in the previous V8 with three two-barrel carbs. The 440 Six Pack only cost a few hundred more than the standard engine and could keep up with the Hemi.
The 1970 Super Bee received a redesign, to set it apart from its Coronet sibling. Newer styling and available options, including a variety of funky colors, made the car more individualized; regardless of its price.
The redesigned 1970 Dodge Super Bee could make up to 425 hp and could get to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Though Dodge provided more design and performance options, sales for the car weren’t great.
Dodge switched it up with the 1971 Super Bee, using a Charger platform as its base for the first time. Still a low-cost, high-performance muscle car, the 1971 Super Bee came with more optional equipment and an interior that matched the Charger 500.
Recognizing its dwindling sales, Dodge only made around 5,000 of the 1971 Super Bee. This production number is only around one-third of its production numbers for 1970, according to AllPar.
The forgotten Super Bee: is it forgotten for good?
With competitors like the Plymouth Road Runner and the newly-debuted Ford Cobra, Dodge’s budget muscle car had stiff competition. Dodge decided in 1971 to remove the Super Bee from its lineup and focus on other projects that proved more successful for the brand. But the Super Bee didn’t disappear completely.
To honor its roots and iconic muscle-car history, Dodge decided to bring the Super Bee back in the form of a performance package to the Charger. According to Charger ForumZ, Super Bee was one of three “retro” names that Dodge brought back to the Charger for the 2007 model year.
Resurrected from the 1970s, the Charger Super Bee offered the same styling, design, decals, and colors fans loved. Dodge ran the Charger Super Bee variant from 2007-2009.
But the company couldn’t stay away from its Super Bee roots and the nostalgic muscle car design made its way back into the lineup for the 2012 model year. From 2012-2014, offered the Charger Super Bee variant and stuck to its “budget” background of fewer amenities and higher performance. Still not ready to get rid of its humble (and loved) beginnings,
Dodge came back with the latest 2019 Dodge Challenger “Angry Bee” variant to keep the Super Bee alive. According to Motor1, the 2019 Dodge Challenger Angry Bee isn’t just nice to look at, with bee emblems, racing stripes, and more.
The resurrected version is also race legal, faster than ever before, and still within budget. Though the original Dodge Super Bee is no longer, it seems this car cannot be forgotten completely.
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