1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee Super Bee
Sales - Design/Build - Restoration
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* Dodge Coronet, Charger
* 2-Door Hardtop
* V16: 440 cubic inch, 385 horsepower 3x2-barrel 8 cylinder
* Newark, DE, USA
* 151691:Sequence number
* E87: 440 cubic inch 3x2 barrel V8 (High Performance) 385 horsepower
* D21: 4-Speed Manual Transmission
* FY1: Top Banana Exterior Color
* C6X9: Trim - Charger, Vinyl Bucket Seats, Black
* TX9: Black / Formal Black Int. Door Frames
* B27: Build Date: November 27
* 067223:Order number
* FY1: Top Banana Top Color
* U: USA Specifications
* A09: Concealed Headlamp Package
* B41: Front Disc Brakes w/Standard 10in RR Drum
* B51: Power Brakes
* G36: OS Dual Racing Mirrors
* J25: 3 Speed Wipers
* J45: Hood Tie Down Pins
* J52: Inside Hood Release
* L31: Hood/Fender Mounted Turn Signals
* L37: Concealed Headlamps
* M21: Roof drip rail moldings
* N41: Dual Exhaust
* N96: Fresh Air Hood
* R11: Radio Solid State AM (2 Watts)
* V21: Performance Hood Treatment
* V6X: Longitudinal Stripes, Black
* END: End of Sales Codes
Top Banana was an unusual color in ’71, but it is correct on this Super Bee. Applied over laser-straight bodywork and some of the most perfectly aligned panels I’ve ever seen, this is a seriously good-looking car. The long nose/short deck styling made popular with the pony cars translated well to the new Charger, and this one looks fast just sitting still. Loaded with all the eye-popping graphics available, including the longitudinal tape stripes and Super Bee graphic on the fully functional fresh air hood, there’s no color combination more fitting for a car such as this. Add in the satin black deck lid mounted wing, the matching chin spoiler, and racy hood pins, and this car looks plenty aggressive, even if it didn’t have a nasty 440 living underneath.
The trim and bright work have been expertly restored as well. Note that this car carries the L37 hidden headlamps, which work as they should, as well as the fender-mounted turn signal indicators. The emblems are bright and crisp, including the ‘Six Pack’ callouts on the hood and Super Bee logos on the front fenders. As a link to the past, the tail lights are housed in an argent silver panel, and the two exhaust tips peek out of the rear valence in custom-fitted notches.
Horsepower was still in fashion in 1971, and Chrysler was more than willing to serve it up for anyone who asked. Unfortunately, the same insurance premiums and gas price spikes that ultimately killed the big blocks limited customers. On the other hand, that makes cars like this one with its 385 horsepower 440 Six Pack engine and 4-speed manual transmission incredibly rare and valuable today. The engine bay is immaculately finished, and quite honestly, it’s worlds nicer than it was even when it was new. The block glistens with bright Hemi Orange paint, the inner fenders have been finished to the same standards as the external bodywork, and the plated parts are shiny and clean. A fresh Richard Petty autograph lives beneath the bright ‘Six Pack’ logo on the massive air cleaner, and proper factory markings in places like the cylinder heads and firewall have been accurately duplicated. Little details like the painted ground cable, the correct wiper motor on the firewall, and the finish on the power brake booster all add credibility to the amazing restoration work.
A correct 4-speed manual transmission remains behind the big block, and in true Mopar fashion, all the heavy duty gear was included. That means the transmission is a rugged 18-spline unit, and out back there’s a Dana 60 with 3.54 gears on a Sure Grip limited slip, making this a car that cruises effortlessly at speeds that’ll get you thrown in jail. The bottom of the car is as spotless as the top, with exceptional detailing visible throughout. Just look at the floors, which are finished so nicely you’ll feel guilty if you don’t wax them, and the properly painted suspension components that will bring home the big trophies. A new dual exhaust system with factory style mufflers and tips was installed, there’s a new gas tank out back, and the power disc brakes have been fully rebuilt. And like the engine bay, you’ll definitely be impressed by the details and how crisply executed they are, including all the brackets, fittings, and hoses that show bright plating and an authentic finish. Proving that good looks never go out of style, the Rallye wheels were carryover from the earlier cars, and they wear reproduction F60-15 Goodyear Polyglas tires at all four corners.
The ’71 Charger also received an all-new interior which, in typical Mopar fashion, was stylish and well-executed. With comfortable high-back bucket seats sporting fresh seat covers, a comprehensive dashboard that includes a 7,000 RPM tachometer, and upscale woodgrain appliqués that actually look quite convincing, it’s a great place to spend a few hours listening to the music if the big block under the hood. Also note the leather-wrapped Tuff Wheel, the pistol-grip shifter, and the lack of a console—after all, this was still intended to be a budget supercar. The original and unique Music Master AM radio still lives in the dash, with both its knobs skewed to the left and the dial on the right, and a matching yellow Super Bee emblem has been fitted on the passenger’s side. New door panels, a taut fitting headliner, and matching black Super Bee logo floor mats complete the interior appointments, making this a car that’s ready to show or drive at almost any level. Even the trunk is beautifully finished, with more near-flawless Top Banana paint, a correct fitted mat, and a space-saver spare with complete jack assembly.
When a classic is restored to this level, it''s primed for show time. Naturally, this Charger''s previous owner accumulated a variety of awards. Here''s a detailed list of the plaques and trophies included with our sale:
* First at the 2013 AACA National Spring Meet
* Senior at the 2013 AACA National Fall Meet
* First Place in the 1971-74 Stock Dodge B-Body Class at the 2013 All Chrysler Nationals
* Tim Wellborn''s Celebrity Choice at the 2013 All Chrysler Nationals
* Petty Pick at the 2013 Ridgely Pharmacy Car and Motorcycle Show
* Participant''s Choice at the 2013 Corvette Annapolis Car Show
* Best Car at the 2013 GT Show
* Top 35 at the 2013 Maryland Fall Car, Truck and Bike Show
* Participant at the 2013 Back To The Beach Custom Car and Truck Show
Documentation includes the original owner’s manual, emissions booklet, and warranty card.
The muscle car era wasn’t quite over in 1971, and the guys at Dodge definitely didn’t get the memo. This rare V-code 440 Six Pack Super Bee rightfully belongs in a collection that includes vaunted machines like a Hemi ‘Cuda and a Super Bird. Thanks to a no-expenses-spared restoration that shows just a few off-trailer miles since it was completed, it’s also a turn-key investment opportunity that can compete at the Mopar Nationals. If you’ve been looking for something fast, rare, and just plain cool, you can scarcely do better than this Super Bee!
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