Battered and Bruised: 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee

This 1970 Super Bee might appear to be battered and bruised, but according to the owner, it isn’t rusty. It’s certainly showing its age, and just needs someone with the vision to return it to its former glory. The Dodge is located in Gooding, Idaho, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding on the Super Bee has been quite steady, and while this has pushed the car along to $4,150, the reserve has not been met.

Ouch, that’s gotta hurt! Apparently, the damage to the quarter panel was inflicted some time ago, but it doesn’t look any less painful today. Still, it’s a quarter panel, and replacing one of those is not a huge job. The Light Green Metallic paint is looking pretty tired and baked, but the good news is that the owner says the Super Bee isn’t riddled with rust. There certainly doesn’t appear to be much beyond surface corrosion apparent in the supplied photos. There are going to be a few external trim items to be replaced, including some that have succumbed to accident damage.

The interior of the Dodge looks just as baked as the paint does on the outside. The good news is that it does appear to be complete and original. The bad news is that every upholstered surface has deteriorated badly, so a complete restoration is on the cards. There really isn’t a lot more to be said about that, except that the new owner will have to roll up their sleeves and break out their wallet.

Don’t be fooled by the appearance of the engine in the Super Bee, because that 383ci V8 runs. The car also features a TorqueFlite transmission, but the owner says that it has no driveline. I’m not sure if he is referring merely to the tailshaft, or the center out of the differential as well. If whatever was missing was present, then the owner says that you could drive the Dodge away. He doesn’t mention whether the engine and transmission are original, but we do know that the car rolled off the production line with a 383 under the hood, so you never know your luck.

The fact that this 1970 Dodge Super Bee is a rust-free example is a huge box to tick for this car. The fact that it is largely complete, and that the engine runs, is another point in its favor. Sure, it’s going to need some work, but at least it looks like it will only need one quarter panel replaced, not the wholesale replacement of rockers and floors. I don’t know what the reserve has been set at, but given the steady bidding trend so far, I won’t be surprised if this car sells.


  1. Superdessucke

    Not as bad as some of the recent rusty disasters which have been on here (like that ’69 Charger and ’70 Chevelle SS) but if that right rear accident damaged the unibody, someone could end up getting stung by this Bee.

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  2. Will Fox

    While we can’t see the underside, up top I don’t see anything that cannot be fixed. B-Bodies have a tremendous following, and replacement parts, as well as interior kits are available. And what’s missing in the driveline wouldn’t scare off a talented mechanic, either. The Super Bees seem to be a bit more scarce than Chargers, and `70 was a good-looking model. It’ll probably take $120K to win trophies, but well worth it. You don’t restore these to recoup your investment. You restore these for what they are.

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    • RNR

      Standard Coronet hood, too. Earlier front end hit?

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      • cunnanm

        I noticed that too. Maybe it’s just a Coronet with Super Bee stripes.

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      • Steve R

        Cunnanm, the VIN on Mopars will always tell you the model and engine. There is no guess work needed.

        Steve R

      • Boatman Member

        It won’t tell you if it’s a Super Bee, Steve.

      • Steve R

        Boatman, when I google 1970 Dodge Super Bee VIN, every listing shows a WM, which corresponds to what’s listed in the eBay ad, the engine code also shows high performance 383.

        If I’m wrong, could you elaborate on how the VIN doesn’t show it to be a Super Bee.

        Steve R

  3. TimM

    This is a fixable and valuable car!! I like the front grill on these cars and although they didn’t star in any movies it might be a better buy than it’s movie star cousin!!!

  4. Ted

    Ouch……1978 I bought a 70 Superbee 383/auto/3.91 posi car, holy burnt rubber Trojan Man, did that car motor. Green on black office, column shift auto, black vinyl top, low miles. Tuned to the nuts it still got the worst mileage of any car I ever owned other than the 1969 Coronet factory 375HP car I had….at least Mopars are consistent there..

    Cost my Mom $1800 to buy it for me.

    One of my all time fave body styles, let’s hope this one sees the road again.

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    • 36 Packard

      “Mom” bought that kind of car for you? Let me guess, she had you insured for a million plus.

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      • Ted

        Hmm…… you’ve got me wondering. No wonder Dad never came out to watch me road race my motorcycle…. ;)

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      • 36 Packard

        Ted, My wife keeps reading murder mysteries. I wonder too.

  5. Camvette Member

    Hmmm, got hit in the rear end and no driveline? Maybe the differential was moved so bad from the hit that the driveline doesn’t stay in? Just thinkin!!

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