I can hear the purists already! What do you mean “one of none?” “I’ve never heard of a Rallye Bee before!” And they are right–there never was a “Rallye Bee” package, nor was there any “Bee” performance package for a 1972 Charger anyway! The “Super Bee” had been dropped, and the Rallye package was a poor imitation of previous ground-pounding Chargers. So where did this car come from? I can tell you where it is now–Center City, Minnesota, and where it’s up for sale: here on eBay, where bidding hasn’t met reserve.
Looks factory, doesn’t it? I’ll tell you, as a Mopar fan but not a fanatic, it sure would have fooled me. Basically, the current owner of the car wasn’t happy with just restoring the car; they decided to create a model that they felt should have existed at the time. To their credit, they did a masterful job, with graphics, emblems, and even added a factory set of gauges to the interior to complete this fictional Rallye Bee model.
I’ll bet at least some of you have real issues with this, but I should point out that the owner is not trying to pass it off as a genuine model and is very clear in the advertisement that this version is their creation. As they point out, “The car was finished late last year and only was able to attend one car show where it won the people’s choice award, and confused even the most hard core Mopar guys. It was a blast sitting there hearing guys ponder over the car and asking if it was the real deal. Ha ha, so I think it was pulled off with taste.”
The car has been repainted once, and sports a largely original interior. There is a Sure Grip rear axle under there and some springs to give it a little rake.
As you can see, the interior is in really nice shape. The rallye gauge pac was added during some recent work.
From this nice shot, you can tell that the cleanup work continued under the hood. I realize this isn’t a barn find, but I thought you folks might be interested in this “one of none.” Personally, I’m interested in your opinion as well–I once did a similar thing with a “bitsa” Triumph Spitfire, which I labeled using graphics based on a later car but with the nomenclature befitting an early car. People were puzzled at British car shows, too, but generally I got positive responses. What’s your response to this created model?