First offered in 1968 as competitor to Plymouth's Road Runner, the Dodge Super Bee was based on the redesigned Dodge Coronet pillared coupe. The Super Bee included heavy-duty suspension, an optional four-speed manual transmission, high-performance tires and a stripe with the bee logo that was wrapped around the tail. A hardtop version joined the existing pillared coupe body for 1969, and the induction was now a "Ramcharger" cold-air intake. A "six-pack" version of Dodge's 440 engine was added to the offering list mid-year. In 1970 the Super Bee was given a new front end that consisted of a dual ovaled grill and sales plummeted for the year. Despite the new looks, the engines as well as the "ramcharger" hood carried over from 1969. The Super Bee switched over to the Charger platform for 1971 but still represented a low-cost, high performance package and since the Charger already had an R/T muscle car version, the Super Bee was slotted in as the low-priced entry in the lineup.
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