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One Owner: 1970 Dodge Super Bee Project

A known history. Many enthusiasts view that trait highly when choosing a candidate for a project build. The 1970 Dodge Super Bee is desirable, and this one ticks the history box as a one-owner classic. It features its original V8 under the hood, requiring a total restoration to regain its former glory. It would be ideal for someone seeking an iconic muscle car with loads of street cred. The seller wants it to find a new home, listing the Super Bee here on eBay in Greensboro, North Carolina. They set a BIN of $15,900, with the option to make an offer.

Dodge launched the Super Bee on Chrysler’s B-Body platform for the 1968 model year, with cars remaining in production until 1970. Our feature car rolled off the line during the final year, ordered by its original owner in Dark Green Metallic. Time has not been kind to it, and the rust visible in the limited supplied images suggests the new owner faces a nut-and-bolt restoration to do this iconic classic justice. There are minor issues in the lower rear quarter panels, with the seller admitting that the front floors and trunk pan require replacement. Steel to address the shortcomings is readily available, and if the rails are sound, returning the body to a rust-free state shouldn’t be difficult. Some glass and trim items have been removed, but the seller believes the vehicle is complete. The wheels aren’t original, but locating something more appropriate shouldn’t pose any problems.

The seller doesn’t supply any engine shots but confirms this classic features its numbers-matching engine and transmission. The 383ci V8 under the hood might be the entry-level powerplant, but with 335hp and 425 ft/lbs of torque on tap, it could acquit itself well at any “Traffic Light Grand Prix.” When teamed with the three-speed TorqueFlite transmission found in this car, blitzing the ¼-mile in 14.6 seconds is an achievable goal. The seller believes that, like the engine and transmission, many of this Dodge’s peripheral mechanical components are also original. If true, that would maximize its long-term investment potential. There is no information on the relative mechanical health of this Super Bee, so earmarking money from the restoration budget to refresh these components would be wise.

We can keep it pretty short and sweet when assessing the Super Bee’s interior. The seller believes it is complete, although it is partly dismantled. It requires a retrim, including replacing items like the cracked wheel and dashpad. Kits are available, but Mopar kits are typically more expensive than those produced for GM or Ford models. However, it is worth remembering that it represents a one-off expense. An interior installed correctly and treated respectfully can provide many decades of service while maintaining respectable presentation.

While I acknowledge that this 1970 Dodge Super Bee requires much work to return to a factory-fresh state, that goal is achievable. The transformation won’t happen quickly, but we have probably all seen cars in a worse state brought back from the edge. The Super Bee remains a desirable muscle car, and this vehicle’s history and originality accentuate that fact. It needs a new home and some TLC, but are you tempted to provide both? I wish you luck if you do.


  1. Steve R

    The sellers/dealers ad is full of non-specific language and phrases that are there to provide him with wiggle room. If you read some of the ads in the completed section the seller says he’s clearing out a 100+ car collection. He’s not the original owner, it’s doubtful the person who had it in their collection was either. It’s more than likely a car that’s bounced around through multiple sets of hands without having been registered in anyone’s name. There is no history other than any paperwork which comes with the car.

    I’d be wary of the amount of rust, there are no pictures of the undercarriage, yet they were provided on another car the seller listed recently.

    For the asking price, this car needs to be complete and have its paperwork in order. “Believing” it’s matching numbers and having “most” of its parts is never inspiring language when seen in an ad.

    Steve R

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    • St.Michael

      Judging from behind the front wheel on the fender ,rockers and behind n n around the rear wheel well I’m OPTIMISTIC on the floors “gas pedal area exception” and frame rails being solid. The trunk floors are pretty much a given to need attention …pics need to more detailed but the rear window area “dutchman window frame” looks better than most …shrug

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  2. Melton Mooney

    Someone here on BF commented recently that B-Bodies are about a foot too long behind the rear wheels. I’d never really noticed that before, but he was right, and now it bugs the c**p out of me whenever I see one.

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    • St.Michael

      Which B body ? ..Dodge or Plymouth, there is a diff in wheel base,same goes for E bodys n C bodys…A’s Im not so sure of…I Think the body on this 70 is PERFECT…thats why I have one

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  3. Steve

    I’m a MOPAR guy but this car has been so neglected and most likely been through several owners looking to restore but then realized what it’s going to take and change their mind. A lot of rust and lack of parts for $15,000 plus.

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  4. Ffred

    1962-67 B-bodys are perfect for drag racing..imo. But I’m biased from owning a couple dozen of them.

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