AJ’s “Badass Friday” Car of the Day: 1971 Dodge Charger Hemi Super Bee Coupe

AJ’s “Badass Friday” Car of the Day: 1971 Dodge Charger Hemi Super Bee Coupe

Car: Dodge Charger Hemi Super Bee Coupe

Year: 1971

What makes it special: The Super Bee was Dodge’s muscle car produced from 1968 through 1971 model years. The Super Bee name got it’s origin due to the “B-Body” designation that was given to mid-sized Chrysler models, including the Road Runner and Charger.

What made it famous: When the Dodge Coronet line moved to 4-door and station wagon body styles, the Super Bee model was moved over to the Dodge Charger platform. Being that there was an “R/T” Charger model already, the “Super Bee” Charger was promoted as the low-priced model at the time. There were distinctive features for the “Super Bee” model of 1971: It was the first and only year that a 275 hp, 4-barrel 340 Small-Block V8 was available in a Super Bee, and only 22 Dodge Charger Super Bee’s were equipped with their famous 425 hp, 426 Hemi V8 engine. The famed “Air-Grabber” hood scoop, body stripes and striped Bee logo wrapped around the rear portion of the Charger were all part of the package.

Why I would want one: The fact that it’s an extremely rare Hemi equipped model with only 22 ever made would make this a “must have” for any Mopar fan or Muscle Car collector.

Fun fact:It was Chrysler senior designer Harvey J. Winn who won an inter-corporation┬ácontest with the name “Super Bee” along with the logo design based on Dodge’s “Scat Pack Bee” medallion.
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