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    1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee

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    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder January 27th – 31st, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    Part of Dodge’s famous “Scat Pack” high-performance lineup and based on the totally redesigned, mid-size B-Body architecture shared with the Plymouth Belvedere, the Coronet Super Bee delivered tire-frying performance and muscular image with a cheeky attitude and budget-friendly pricing. Despite its youth-market positioning, the Super Bee was a serious performer underneath the bold paint and graphics. With its standard high-performance 383 cubic-inch V-8 belting out 335 horsepower, plus a multitude of driveline options, the Super Bee was more than capable of outperforming many of the era’s bigger-displacement supercars right off the showroom floor.

    Sales success was immediate and for 1969, the Super Bee was now available as a hardtop with many new color, comfort, and trim choices available. However, the mid-year A12 “Six Pack” option on the 440 high-performance engine would truly shock the competition. Chrysler engineers, long hard at work developing highly tuned induction systems since the Chrysler 300s of the 1950s, added an Edelbrock high-rise aluminum intake gulping masses of air through a trio of two-barrel Holley carbs and a monstrous scoop atop a new fiberglass hood secured by racing pins. Street manners were surprisingly good with the 440 running on the center carburetor until the accelerator was floored and the vacuum-advance secondary carburetors actuated by the progressive throttle linkage. Also included were Hemi valve springs and retainers, plus flash-chromed valve stems, a radical cam, beefed internals, and a dual-point distributor. Output was massive, with 390 hp at just 4,700 rpm and 490 pounds-feet of torque on tap at just 3,200 rpm. Supporting equipment included a choice of Automatic TorqueFlite and 833 4-speed transmissions; Super Track Pack including a 4.10 Sure Grip Dana 60 rear end was standard, as was the Hemi-style heavy-duty suspension. Black 15-inch steel rims with chrome lug nuts and G70x15 black or Redline tires were also standard. Wheel covers, disc brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, and the trailer package were not available.

    Just 1,987 A12 Six-Pack Super Bees were produced for 1969. They remain one of the best-performing American muscle cars ever built, being easier to maintain and nearly as quick as a properly tuned 426 Hemi with 13.8-second ¼-mile times and 0-60 acceleration in just 6 seconds on skinny bias-ply tires! This outstanding low-mileage example is an original “M-Code” Six Pack/4-speed car that was acquired by the prior owner, a well-known Mopar collector in Alberta, Canada during 1985. He commissioned a professional and exacting restoration which was completed from 1996 to 2004 with outstanding results. The body was stripped, painted, and detailed on a rotisserie, and proper fine details are apparent throughout. The engine was stroked to 468 cu. in. and rebuilt by Lee Brothers’ Performance in Red Deer, Alberta and delivers even more power than factory stock. Used only sparingly following completion, the Super Bee was acquired by the Consignor in 2009 and carefully and meticulously maintained since then. A large selection of desirable literature, manuals, and ownership history, plus a detailed appraisal report, accompanies this A12 Super Bee at auction as well. An outstanding A12 Super Bee, this example is an unqualified performance legend and one of the best-engineered and most memorable American supercars ever built.



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