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The Dodge Heritage Series: Part 4, 1950-1959

1955-Dodge-Royal_Lancer

 

Welcome back to the Dodge Heritage Series, a 10-part exploration of Dodge brand history. This is Part 4 in the series.

 

The 1950s were an exciting time at Dodge. The decade featured a long, impressive list of engineering innovations and bold, new styling that led the American auto industry.

 

With its sibling brands at the Chrysler Corporation — Plymouth, DeSoto and Chrysler — Dodge introduced the Forward Look in 1955. This unique styling language, developed by Vice President of Design Virgil Exner, featured sleek, swept-back lines, aggressive grille openings and dramatic tail…

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The Dodge Heritage Series: Part 4, 1950-1959

Six Pack Fiberglass

The 1969 1/2 Super Bee and its cousin, the Plymouth Road Runner, equipped with the 440 Six Pack (“Six Barrel” for the Road Runner) engine option were the first production cars to feature an all-fiberglass, lift-off hood. The Six Pack 440 was introduced as a midyear option, and with it came the mandatory addition of the Super Track Pack and its 4.10:1 gears in the Dana 60 rear, either the A-727 automatic or 833 manual transmission, and no wheel covers on the black-painted (regardless of body color) steel wheels with chrome lug nuts. Models ordered as such are commonly…

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Six Pack Fiberglass

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…

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1969 Coronet Super Bee