Killer Bee! Stripped A12 440 Six Pack ’69 Super Bee

In February of 1969, Dodge and Plymouth dialed up the wicked A12 package, topping the 440 cid (7.2L) V8 with an aluminum Edelbrock intake wearing three Holley two-barrel carburetors, the now-legendary “Six Pack.” This 1969 Dodge Super Bee in Flat Rock, Michigan came so-equipped and, while the engine and other components are no longer present, it still represents a significant find for someone with more time than money and a passion for these historic muscle cars. The listing here on eBay features a Buy It Now price of $25,000.

Another sad, empty hole where an amazing motor used to dwell (sigh). The A12 440 featured 10.25:1 compression, a “low-taper” camshaft, and many heavy-duty components. Power totaled 390 HP and a foundation-shifting 490 lb-ft of torque. In a final act of indignity, the engine appears to have bent the radiator support on its way out. Otherwise, for a Michigan car, this engine compartment looks rather sound. Power steering and power brakes were luxuries on these low-budget brawlers, and this one had both. Thanks to hemmings.com for some details.

Only the use of pop-rivets could make the poorly-repaired rear quarter panel look more shabby, and perhaps that’s what you’ll find under the body filler. Originally a B7 Medium Blue Poly with a white vinyl top car, it did come with the same style white stripe and angry bee graphic shown here.

A blue interior originally complimented the exterior paint. While the (fender-tag-decoded) bench seat interior seems odd today, they were not uncommon in this era, offering room for six in a pinch and the opportunity for your significant other to sit up close. Yes; that is a giant hole where the transmission shifter used to be. Considered too far gone at one point, this Dodge suffered as scavengers stripped parts from its once-fearsome carcass. No outsourced restoration of this car will make money, but a skilled DIY enthusiast spending the Buy It Now price again on parts could make a nice driver. It will take even more cash put it correct, though. Still, any path that gets this classic back on the road beats rotting in a different owner’s garage awaiting a winning lottery ticket. “Come on Seven! Daddy needs an A12 440 with all the trimmings!” Would you take a gamble on this ‘Bee?

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Comments

  1. Pat L Member

    Watch out that you don’t get stung by this bee. Missing engine and transmission is only a small part of the adventure.

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    • 36 Packard

      Sandy, you are a funny person. I just started looking here,, but if more of these comments are as good, might keep coming back!

    • Jerry Brentnell

      the street drugs must be real good in flat rock! because this thing is a poor parts car at best! you could drop 50 grand in it and still not be done better off buying a running driving car!

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  2. Daniel

    I am stuck in a time warp. The asking prices of so many of these cars blows my mind. I think I’m stuck in 1984.

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    • Del

      Ridiculous price for scrap

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      • Ray McCrary

        Pretty nuts price for scrap. I think he put too many zeros on the price

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  3. Mike

    I was 10 years old when my brother came home with a brand new road runner version of the A12. His was the same blue with white vinyl top and white interior with buckets and a console. My father said why would you buy a car with no hood hinges and my brother just laughed. I just wanted to hear the roadrunner horn!

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  4. Mike

    I was 10 years old when my brother came home with a brand new A12 roadrunner. Same colors except it had white buckets and an auto with a console. I remember my father said why would you buy a car with no good hinges and my brother just laughed! I just wanted to hear the roadrunner horn!

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  5. XMA0891

    These must’ve been so menacing in their day. This one still manages to impose in spite of its buy-it-now price.
    I hope someone can save it – And keep it going in a straight line when it’s done.

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    • Dave

      The 440 six pack cars were as purpose built as the Hemi cars were. They were meant to go from stoplight to stoplight as quickly as possible. On the other hand, the 340 six pack cars were purpose built for the then-new Trans Am road racing program.

      Back then, a skilled Six Pack driver could pick the pocket of many unskilled Hemi drivers.

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      • moosie moosie Member

        Trouble was the HEMIS were too finicky or temperamental and a mediocre 440 weather A12 or not could give em a good race, but beware of a HEMI that was set up correctly, on the other hand I remember a guy who had a L-79 ’66
        Chevy ll 4 spd Nova that ruled the streets back then. Within a few weeks nobody would race him except for other Novas or strangers.

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      • 1st Gear

        Another insane dreamer. $25k ? Looks like drunk teenagers tried to do that quarter. Just sayin’ .

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      • Donnie

        And street stop light to stop light those 340″s would blow the doors off the big blocks.

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    • Richard Dewnt

      What a great car to restore. One of one known b7 blue cars with a white top and stripe. Hard to believe some of these comments by these keyboard warriors. This is a $80-100k car restored!

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  6. Woody

    This looks fast sitting still,but the price should include a power-plant.It would look great finished with that tail stripe!

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  7. krindall

    By 1980 90% of these cars devolved into this look

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  8. TimM

    I think a 55,56,57 Chevy body from real deal steal brand new with no rust is $10,000 which includes shipping!!! I really think that people are way out of their mind asking that kind of money for a shell even with the super bee sticker on the back!!

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    • Steve R

      Did you actually research prices? Its close to $20,000, the least expensive muscle car era cars were right at $15,000 and nothing includes front sheetmetal. Everything is firewall back.

      I don’t think this car is a good value, but it’s a good idea to do some research before making an inaccurate claim. Less than two minutes on google would have shown actual pricing.

      Steve R

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  9. GP Member

    One of my favorite cars. Owned one for nine years. ( not a 440 six pack). Mine was 383- 4- speed. Same color outside/black inside. 400.00 bucks and nine years later I blew the engine and got 400.00 trade in for a 1969 Camaro and paid 400.00 to boot. 25,000.00 for a shell and the best looking part is the after market hood. Even if I was the LUCKY person that turned in the 1.5 Billion ticket, I would not waste my money like this.

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    • Sidney

      I think the tide is starting to turn on these insane prices. People have finally awoken from a long mindless slumber. Run people, run away from these prices as fast as you can, and sell sell sell! As noted above, you can buy brand new metal shells for many classic cars, Stangs, Cudas, even Tri Fives, at less then half of this. You still have the pride of doing it yourself and it will be solid for all our lifetimes. So what if it isn’t worth the “real thing”, as judged by my fellow commentators, that day is soon leaving anyhow. I feel we need to get back to the roots of this hobby, a man working on his machine and loving it, not investments for rich boys.

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      • Steve R

        Reproduction bodies are nowhere close to half the asking price of this car. A few minutes on Google will inform you of the real cost.

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      • Sidney

        @ Steve R, maybe you are correct, and even if my numbers are, will take a lot of extra parts to make a whole car, but I do stand by my statement that it will be a better car in the end, plus it drives a stake through the heart of this crazy pricing for “original” cars. After a thorough resto, most cars are far from original anyhow. Unless a particular car has an interesting history (ownership, racing, etc) a solid reproduction is all around better in cost and quality, plus it is meant for driving, not pampering, and isn’t that is what this hobby is all about anyway?

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  10. Dave

    Gawd almighty.

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  11. BigBlocksRock396

    Awesome car in its day but,too much money for what once was.

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  12. Troy s

    I could just imagine some dude sitting at a light in his new SS 396 Chevy of some sort back in ’69, thinking he was all that, when this “thing” pulls up behind….a legitimate factory street machine with enough sand to eat up anything in it’s path. One of the greats, it’s so awful to see one in this shape.

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  13. Mike W H

    Mullet not included

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  14. deak stevens

    People are either out of their minds or don’t have any worries when it comes to money, to buy a car any car for $ 25,000 without an engine.its just beyond my thinking.especially one thats going to cost more to get back together than they will ever get for it.

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  15. moosie moosie Member

    Trouble was the HEMIS were too finicky or temperamental and a mediocre 440 weather A12 or not could give em a good race, but beware of a HEMI that was set up correctly, on the other hand I remember a guy who had a L-79 ’66
    Chevy ll 4 spd Nova that ruled the streets back then. Within a few weeks nobody would race him except for other Novas or strangers.

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  16. MO-MAN

    OMG-someone take me to the emergency room..

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    • 433jeff

      An awesome legendary rig, just keep pulling them out of the woodwork. Im with Daniel stuck in 84, i saw a 70s truck all redone for over 60 grand , sure it was a nut and bolt but it wasnt even 4 wd , i cringed. I kinda get it, we need money , put it out there for 25 hope you get half? Some of the scavanged cars have another money story too, guy doesnt want to sell the car but needs to make the rent , or buy food , so one week the bucket seats and the console goes, he still has the car now he needs some parts. A month later he sells the hood.

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  17. stillrunners

    Youse guys are so funny……..

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  18. Dave

    The guy must have two tubes of airplane glue stuck in his nostrils and a paper bag over his head. Dreamer eight miles high.
    Pffffffft

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  19. Bob Lynchesky

    Auto brake pedal, no 4 speed hump.

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  20. Larry McGaw

    We can argue the market value of these cars all day long, but the fact remains that the intrinsic value of this particular car lies in the 440-6 Pack power plant it left the factory with. That engine (and the accompanying transmission) is missing. This isn’t, and will never be, a true $100,000 car. Homes in my neighbourhood sell for $400,000. My home originally came with a $43,000,000 Van Gogh. It isn’t there anymore, but my home is obviously worth something in the neighbourhood of $25,000,000 because of this heritage. What a load of bollocks! This guy has a 50 year old shell of something that used to be fast (but not particularly well built). I know it’s ultimately worth whatever some sucker will pay for it, but please quit presenting it as some Holy Grail.

  21. treg forsyth

    Laughable price, if bought cheap enough, I’d just make it a Joe Dirt special and drive the crap out of it.

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