Everyone was building muscle cars in 1969, but Chrysler elevated their game to an entirely different level with cars like this 1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee. Bargain-priced when compared to its Mopar brothers and offered with good options, they could be just about anything a buyer wanted (and could afford), and with a Magnum under the hood, there wasn't much else on the street that could hang with the big, bad 'Bee. And this frame-off restored beauty really does that pedigree justice.
For collectors, nothing adds value like authenticity, and this Mopar has matching-numbers, great specifications including bucket seats and factory A/C, and a cool original color combination. It's also nicely restored to mostly factory specs, done to a level that could easily warrant a call to Galen Govier for a proper certification for the portfolio. The code Y2 Sunfire Yellow paint has been recently duplicated using modern finishes, so it looks great and will be easy to maintain, and there's no question that the bright hue attracts a lot of attention simply because of its subtlety. Add a set of correct black bumble bee stripes around the tail and a cool black vinyl top and almost everyone will recognize this as something unique on the street. Details like the side scoops on the quarter panels were purely for show, but that's what Chrysler did best in the '60s and it's part of why these cars are so popular today. The Super Bee was a bit more upscale than the Road Runner, with its shiny bee emblems and on this car, the details like the bumpers and grille are in great condition. There's a reason this car is a hit at every show it goes to.
The interior was originally equipped with black vinyl bucket seats, so that's what it carries today. Wearing fresh seat covers, it represents the combination of affordability, performance, and comfort that these cars embodied, a winning formula for Chrysler for many years. The seats are actually quite comfortable and supportive, and the imposing 4-speed shifter that juts out of the floor practically taunts the driver to slam through the gears and squeal the tires. Factory A/C is a pretty big deal in a car like this, and its hardware has been upgraded to accept modern R134a refrigerant. There's a set of Rallye gauges in the dash and a factory AM/FM radio high in the center, so they resisted the urge to upgrade everything, which is smart on a car with such a strong pedigree. The cavernous trunk was big enough to haul your gear to the track on weekends, and this one carries a correct mat to finish the correct look.
The matching-numbers Magnum 383 cubic inch V8 has been restored back to stock like the rest of the car, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Among the original components are a stock carburetor and intake, and factory manifolds, although the upgraded exhaust and chambered mufflers offer up a bit more attitude, but those are virtually invisible changes without a lift. We love the way turquoise engine paint looked against the yellow engine bay and there's no need for chrome dress-up on an engine that's dressed like this, all you need is that Magnum air-cleaner to do all the talking. The big, factory A/C compressor dominates the engine bay, but this beauty was built to run and with a full, frame-off restoration, it's sorted, tuned, and ready to rock. The 4-speed manual transmission is also numbers-matching and original to the car and was gone through during the restoration as well, so throw caution into the wind and stand on that sucker! The underside is super clean as well, with only the rear torque boxes swapped out, and the new gas tanks and bright blue shocks look awesome against the satin pans. Magnum 500 style wheels look great against the high-visibility paint and wear 225/70/14 white-letter radials all around.
Expertly finished and rare to see these days, this is a fantastic pedigreed Super Bee that can be driven and enjoyed while it appreciates. Call today!