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Dodge Super Bee (1969)

Dodge Super Bee (1969)

Chrysler wanted to stay ahead in the muscle-car wars, and that prompted the creation of the Super Bee in 1969. Basically a bare-bones Coronet, the new Dodge was achieved by stuffing their 440ci (7.2 liters) into the lightest intermediate bodyshell available. The power came through additions such as a free-flow dual exhaust, but mostly it was down to the 'Six Pack' carburettor system. This consisted of three two-barrel Holley carbs, on which the center one would work at part throttle, then all three at full throttle, feeding more fuel in and unleashing the full power which could propel the car down the quarter-mile in under 14 seconds. The car also handled reasonably well, thanks to heavy-duty torsion bar front suspension. The Super Bee came with a tough Dana axle with 4.1:1 gearing as standard, plus black steel wheels to show its bare-bones nature.

Dodge Super Bee (1969) Specifications

Top speed:130 mph (208 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.0 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:440 ci (7,210 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:390 bhp (291 kW) @ 4,700 rpm
Max torque:490 lb ft (663 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight:4,100 lb (1,863 kg)
Economy:7 mpg (2.5 km/I)
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