Real J Code: 1968 Dodge Super Bee

When it comes to Mopars, genuine Hemi cars tend to command all the marbles. That is, regardless of condition, they fetch a big price in both restored and unrestored condition. When those vehicles also come with numbers matching powerplants, prices go higher still. That’s why I’m not surprised to see a $107,000 ask for this project-grade 1968 Dodge Super Bee here on eBay, which comes with its original 426 Hemi and 4-speed manual transmission. 

While that price is indeed a tall number, this particular car comes with a number of other assets. It is largely rust-free, with solid floors and trunk, and only minimal rust-through in the lower quarters. The original engine and transmission are out of the car but included; some engine components are missing, including the carbs, engine bell housing and both exhaust manifolds. Interestingly, this Coronet was purchased new by a doctor in Washington, D.C. – apparently, the doc wasn’t interested in a luxury vehicle!

The car has had only two owners, and it sounds like a weak clutch is the reason this Hemi has stayed in such nice shape: the second owner had plans to hotrod it, but a slipping clutch caused him to reassess the build and put it on the backburner. Since then, it has sat in dry storage with the engine out and nothing else done to it. It is worth noting that for whatever reason, the front bench seat has gone missing, but the rear bench is still attached. The seller adds that this is one of just 31 Hemi/4-speed cars produced for 1968. If true, this Super Bee is hard to repeat.

With the engine out, key numbers are easily verifiable in terms of confirming the motor and transmission are correct to the car. As far as pricing goes, you could purchase a less powerful example, fully restored, in the $40-$60K range, so to plunk down six figures for a restoration project will take a committed Mopar enthusiast. But that J-code package makes all the difference when it comes to placing a value on a project, so it will be interesting to see whether this one sells for or near its asking price. What do you think it should be worth?

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  1. Dave

    I really think I just drooled on my collar…

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  2. Joe M

    Shame it is in such bad shape..with only 31 built you would think the owners would have taken better care of it. With enough money and labor, this could turn out to be a profitable restoration.

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  3. Dave

    Aw, let’s be fair, Joe, I once had a ’68 Charger R/T that makes this one look like a runway model!

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  4. irocrob

    I think that 100 thousand is way too much for this car. To restore it proper I would think you would spend 70 thousand. That is just my 2 cents. I would think 50 to 60 for it would be fair.

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    • Steve

      Agreed irocrob. I had to laugh at the sellers comment: No mopar know it alls!

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    • Derrick

      OK Iron Rob you paid what 4 or 5000 for your Iron, that in 50 years, because that’s how old this charger is, will still be worth 4 or 500, no that’s not a mistake, there were 2or 300,000 of your car built, there were 31, 31! Of these cars built! Can you comprehend just HOW rare these cars are? If he spends even 100,000 to restore this car , it will probably bring well over a MILLION, on today’s market, and for me , that’s a pretty decent return on your dollar, no matter HOW you look at it !

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  5. JW

    Even at 50 to 60K that’s a lot of cash for a car still needing a lot of work. I don’t buy cars for investments, I drive them and enjoyed them. I think I would find a nice driver even with a automatic and 383 for less money and drivable so I could enjoy what I bought.

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  6. Danger Dan

    Never buy a car from a guy named Rusty

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  7. flmikey

    …the only way this seller will get 107 large for this car is to get Tim Allen and Jay Leno in the same room bidding on this car….

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  8. CowboyChris

    Someone will pay that much..smdh

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  9. Gunner

    Funny……I found my G-Code 69 Coronet 440 in a storage unit last year. I also is missing the deluxe bench seat. However, after discussion with the previous owner, he was kind enough to tell me if I found another bench seat for his 69 Roadrunner, he would return the original to me as I am putting the car back to factory stock. Finding another however in good shape has turned out to be difficult, and I am still on the hunt. If anyone out there has one in they can part with, let me know! Thanks! 🙂

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  10. Moparnoall

    Wow a hemi bee, they sure aren’t making them anymore. Clean but rusty. Taken apart and missing parts. Still a hemi 4 speed car, i think its worth 140k in a pristine rotisseri nut and bolt restoration with NOS parts. In present form 40k. Max. Thank god it’s not green!

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  11. Don Tennison

    If you never race one of these down the strip then sadly you never will. They were awesomely powerful. Never knew they would be worth this kind of money

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  12. junkman Member

    You guys would cry if you saw the green Super Bee in the press at a local yard, about 15 years ago, a 70 still had the hood with scoops as it crunched. I spoke to the loader operator and he scoffed those things are shit boxes. Bet he wishes he kept now.

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  13. Larry

    Not often you see a Hemi Super Bee rocking whitewall snow tires. It will take some major money, but I’ll bet it’ll be a jaw dropper when finished.

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  14. newfieldscarnut

    Very original right down to the loose tire chain damage on the left rear 1/4 .

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  15. 55chevy Chuck Foster

    My 2nd high school car was a 69 Bee, 383AT, brother in law had 68 383 4 spd, mine was $500.

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  16. jwinters

    Why does it seem like there are more of these around today than were made 49 years ago

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  17. G.P. Member

    It has the same dash panel as my 1969 Super Bee, And hood. My 1968 Coronet had a completely different dash panel and hood. ?? anybody

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    • Moparnoall

      Superbee came standard with the Charger’s Rallye instrument pkg…as well as R/T hood.

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      • G.P. Member

        Thanks Moparnoall, I didn’t know that. Now I know that I have seen some so called 1968 Super Bee’s that where not real ones. They had regular dashes in them.

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  18. Oingo

    At that price we should get to see it again restored.

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  19. anthony musto

    30k tops..i wouldn’t pay more. Now i know what MOPAR stands for..
    More Old Parts And Rust

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  20. Craig

    Severely overpriced for its present condition and missing parts,,,,,,,,,,,,,BTW, what exactly is a truck pan ?

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  21. Blindmarc

    It sold for asking price…..

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  22. Brian Scheel

    Trunk pan! Refers to the replacement of the sheet metal, fender well left to right, front to rear taillight panel! I believe AMD is reproducing most of these now! Especially with their alliance with Graveyard Cars!

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  23. Craig

    C’mon,,,,,,,,,,,,, I fully know & understand what a “Trunk pan” is, my question was a criticism of these “people” who list cars that use terms that make no sense, hence “truck pans” Theses are sedans and coupes they are trying to sell so they oughta use the correct terminology is all I am saying, if they are selling (or trying to) a “Truck” then they can say it needs a truck pan, ( but I have no idea what or where a truck pan is or where it would be located?),,,,,,,,,,,,, O.K. ?

    P.S. Gimme a break its snowing here and ANUS high to a short Giraffe

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  24. fulltoy1

    DUDE wants all the Money of a Restored Super Bee it ain’t no $107K Car in that shape..

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  25. Jimmyg

    Sold at 107,000.

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  26. Craig

    Listing on E-BAY says the listing ended, doesnt say sold.

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    • The Walrus

      It does say sold. If it wasn’t sold it would say ‘ended’ on the listing, not ‘sold’ as is clearly emblazoned on the primary pic. Also where it says “Sold for: US $107,000.00” is another clue.

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      • Craig

        “This listing has ended. The seller has relisted this item or one like this.” Apparently its been relisted, dont know where it said sold, but ya know what, it dont matter.

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  27. John

    Relisted

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  28. bee boy

    players haters everywhere these days. guess if you owned it you would give it away?? rare 1 of 31 made with hemi 4 speed & power brakes makes it even more rare, dark blue. might be a 1 of 1 car. hope he’s does well on car. good luck guy!

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  29. Robert

    To much, I’m still find them all restored for that some Less, I love MOPAR but its just GETTING STUPID.

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    • G.P. Member

      I agree Robert, They have been dragged out of every Barn, pole shed, lean too, garage, barn yard, swamp etc. Then fixed up and sold. Getting more rare? I can’t see it.

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    • Bee boy

      Where can you buy on ? Don’t see any 68 hemi factory 4 speeds anywhere for sale other than this one!

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      • Craig

        Just a quick search got this one ,,,,,,
        http://car-from-uk.com/sale.php?id=43479
        Dunno anything about it or if its till for sale over there or how old the ad is/was ? They are out there if you search long enough. OOOPs, I thought the car was in the U.K. but apparently it is in Michigan.

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  30. Rocko

    Back in the day they just weren’t worth an extra $800 over a 440, specially once the 6 pak came out. It’s exotic and now chic to own one, they ate spark plugs every 500 miles. Seems like all the ones I’ve seen being dragged out of the mud have winter tires on them, maybe better traction in the day because of the softer thread. Now its a status thing, flaunt your wealth, sign a check everytime you want to drive it. Owning one must be stessfull, specially all prettied up.

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