1969 Coronet Super Bee

1969 Coronet Super Bee

 

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.

 


10 Comments

  • SUBLIME
    Posted October 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    The new Super Bee is fast and looks good. I like the stripes in the seat. This 1969 Super Bee is killer. Real nice restoration!

  • Cuda340
    Posted November 23, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    My favorite Super Bee was the 1969 Six Pack with the black fiberglass hood (secured by four hood pins). On the drag strip it was a real Chevy and Ford killer.

  • da James
    Posted January 16, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Here’s the new one for a new generation.

  • Dave
    Posted December 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    What is a original owner, #s matching, 1969 superbee, 383, auto, all complete but sitting for last 15 years & has a lot of rust @ rear window & quarter panels plus trunk? Thanks

  • Dave
    Posted December 27, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    What is a original owner, #s matching, 1969 superbee, 383, auto, all complete but sitting for last 15 years & has a lot of rust @ rear window & quarter panels plus trunk – worth? Thanks

  • Pappy
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    What type tires came on the 1969 Super Bee?

  • Bill Murrin
    Posted December 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    I bought a yellow 69 Super Bee, with the 383, in 1969. The tires were too small and it had drum brakes, but it would go 150 mph. Mine came with a 323 rear end, so it was good on top end, but didn’t get there as fast as it would have with a higher ratio.

    As I remember, it would do 60 in first, 90 in second, 120 in third and 150 in fourth. I lived in Idaho at the time and didn’t have to worry much about the cops on the interstate. My normal cruising speed was 120; I would watch the second hand on the clock and it was 30 seconds every mole marker.

  • William schmidt
    Posted February 13, 2017 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    How wide are the 3 stripes on the back that wrap around the rear quarters and trunk

  • William schmidt
    Posted February 13, 2017 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    I want to paint them on instead of vinyl graphics

  • k2
    Posted March 31, 2018 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    how many 1969 super bees still exist? and how many with 383? how many road runners exist? and how many are 383? does anyone know by just the vin where I can look up a accurate history on these cars? thany u and serious answers would help.

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