This ClassicCars.com Marketplace featured listing is a 1971 Dodge Super Bee for sale in Show Low, Arizona. Decades before the term “supercar” had arrived, Dodge had its own version – the Super Bee.
The silver screen has long had sway over pop culture. The motion picture industry grabs ahold of what looks trendy or cool and then amplifies it, and eventually influences consumers’ interest. This can be as ubiquitous as smoking, or on the cusp like fashion design. The big screen can even supercharge an entire music genre. After all, would there really be disco music if Saturday Night Fever wasn’t a sensation?
Closer to home, movies reflect the trends in automotive tastes. In 1971, it was clear that powerful and sporty cars were a sign of virility and undoubtedly aspirational. Several movies came out that year that hosted the second season of the muscle car. Sean Connery, playing the role of British agent James Bond, mesmerized audiences in Diamonds Are Forever. Bond tore up the Las Vegas strip in a 1971 Mustang Fastback.
In the same year, Richard Roundtree did his part as Shaft to popularize the Chevrolet Chevelle. For those that love a good car chase, The French Connection had car enthusiasts glued to the edge of their seats. Also, in 1971, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange gave us a taste of a lusty body on four wheels in the form of a Durango 95 (actually a Probe 16). This swoopy styling exercise was the handiwork of designers Dennis and Peter Adams, formerly of Marcos cars. I guess we could even throw the Plymouth Road Runner into this conversation, but cartoons really were not targeting adults… or were they?
The point being, Hollywood primed the pump for the American public. The consumers were thirsting for faster cars, ones with exciting exteriors and throaty sounds coming from under the hood, and deep, earthshaking bass-tones from the exhaust pipes. And yes, enthusiasts wanted cars with character.
In no small measure, Dodge delivered! The second generation, 1971 Dodge Super Bee hit all the right marks. This was now based on the newly designed, 1971 Dodge Charger, as the Coronet model, which the first-gen was based on, would not be offered as a coupe.
This looked like magic when it initially came out, as it does today. The Super Bee name is derived from the Dodge B Platform for mid-size cars. The engines that were available spoke to Chrysler’s emphasis on performance. The 1971 Dodge Super Bee only came with one of four 8-cylinder blocks; the 340, 383, 426, 440. The 440 was larger but yielded the crown to the 426 in terms of power, which had 425 horses, thanks to the now legendary Hemi-heads.
It’s hard to imagine that only 22 rolled off the production line that year with the Hemi. And, the total of all 1971 Dodge Super Bee models only came to 5,054. The get-in price was just $3,271. The Super Bee was the more affordable muscle, as the Charger R/T was the top dog in the line-up.
The current owner of this 1971 Dodge Super Bee is parting ways with this majestic Bright White Metallic car with black graphics and an impeccable black vinyl interior. This showcases a stunning nut and bolt rotisserie restoration, a highly detailed under carriage, correct markings, stickers and labels just like when this baby was new! The gleaming Super Bee is fit with a 440 Six Pack engine, rated at 385 HP with a trio of Holley 2-barrel carburetors. This is one of only 69 V-code Charger Super Bees produced in 1971 with the TorqueFlite automatic transmission and that resides on the column. Just 13 of the 1971 Dodge Super Bees were built in Bright White. Of those, 11 were automatics and only 2 were V code cars.
This also comes equipped with the factory electronic ignition, dual exhaust with bright tips, and the trapdoor-style Ramcharger hood with hold-down pins. Thankfully, this comes with power front disc brakes and better cooling equipment. New for 1971 was the Rallye suspension with sway bar, and this car has power steering as well.
The Dodge has just an incredible 37,000 original miles! The owner details far more information that can be found on the link below as well as numerous photos worthy of a standing ovation. Roll the credits…
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