Monday, May 13, 2024

Automotif D...

When John DeLorean at Pontiac stuffed the big 389 cubic inch V-8 from the full-size Bonneville and Grand Prix into the midsized Tempest LeMans to create the 1964 GTO, it kicked off the whole muscle car fad in Detroit.

Over at Mopar, big blocks went into sportily-styled midsize B-body variants to create cars like the 1966 Dodge Charger and the 1967 Plymouth GTX, but these were not inexpensive rides.

Plymouth came up with the idea for a budget-priced factory hot rod in the form of the 1968 Road Runner model, which came with a split-bench front seat, rubber floormats, plain steel wheels, and a cool "Beep! Beep!" horn, and Dodge wanted some of that action, so they launched the Super Bee in the same model year.

Since Dodge was more upmarket than Plymouth, you got a Hurst shifter with your four-on-the-floor gearbox and the Super Bee logos on the nose and tail were 3D metal badges and not just decals, but otherwise it was the same bare-knuckles street brawler, available with either a 335-horsepower version of the 383 Magnum V-8, or a 425bhp 426 Street Hemi.

For 1969, a third powertrain option was added, and that's the one in the pictured car; a '69 Super Bee in Hemi Orange. 

It was a version of the 440 cubic inch big block V-8 with three two-barrel carburetors and a host of go-fast bits. Dubbed the "440 Six Pack", it was hilariously underrated at a claimed 390 SAE gross horsepower and featured a fiberglass hood with a massive functional cold air intake and a hood pin at each corner. There were no hinges; if you wanted to check the oil at the local Sunoco station, you'd better have brought a buddy to help lift the thing clear.