As a member of the Dodge Scat Pack lineup, the Coronet Super Bee was a perfect fit: The bumblebee tail stripes and cartoon bee mascot were standard equipment. The concept was wildly popular—in fact, you can still buy a Super Bee today.
The Super Bee was introduced in mid-1968, and to tell the whole story, it wasn’t a Dodge original. At the start of the model year, Dodge’s sister brand Plymouth launched a new kind of muscle car called the Road Runner. This model took the lightest, lowest-price intermediate body shell and matched it to a selection of big V8 engines, from the 383 Magnum to the mighty 426 Hemi®. The result was a stellar performance package at a bargain-basement price.
The no-frills Road Runner was a smash hit in the showrooms, and Dodge rushed its own Coronet-based version to market at midyear. And except for their exterior sheet metal and badging, the Road Runner and Super Bee are very similar—birds of a feather, you might say. Or is that bees?
For 1969, the first full year of Super Bee production, the muscle car was equipped with a standard 383 cubic-inch, 335 hp Magnum V8, with buyers having their choice of a four-speed manual or a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Optional engines included two 440 V8s, the Magnum and the Six Pack, and the king of the streets, the 426 Hemi®.
The ’69 Super Bee shown here is a real eye-catcher with its bold yellow exterior paint, bee mascot and black bumblebee stripes that wrap around the rear fenders and deck lid. This same dramatic combination is available on a modern-day muscle car, the 2013 Charger SRT8 Super Bee.