Original Paint: 1971 Dodge Super Bee

1971-dodge-super-bee

This old Dodge may look kind of crusty, but it might not actually be that bad. The original 383 V8 is gone, but there’s another engine included in the sale. The car needs lots of work, but if the rust isn’t too bad, I have hope that the paint could still be preserved. Some polish and lots of elbow grease can work wonders on dry paint. This one is located in Yorktown, Virginia and is listed here on eBay where the auction ends tomorrow.

charger-emblem

This was the last of the Super Bee model. Well, some would say that the Super Bee was already dead. In 1971 the Coronet only came in four-door and wagon versions, so the Super Bee name was used on the Charger. The R/T was the range topper so this was a more affordable performance model. It was also the first you could get a small block in your Super Bee.

dirty-interior

Things are just as dirty inside. It’s hard to tell what all is needed in here, but I can see a missing door panel and a removed knob, so plan on some window winder repairs. That shouldn’t be a big deal though and could probably wait until the drivetrain was gone through. There arent any photos of the underside or that engine that’s not installed.

super-bee-hood

Wouldn’t it be cool if the original paint would clean up? It would be a little ratty, but I think that would only add to the effect. These are striking machines and just think how mean it would look with a new vinyl top installed and the old paint moisturized. The paint would make the car standout from the countless restored muscle cars out there and it would even save you some money. Sounds like a good plan to me!

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  1. Oingo

    For sure it’s in great shape I bet a paint correction expert could get it looking like new. SS is easy to improve. I did my Mirada with turtle wax products almost 30 years ago.

  2. Dolphin Member

    I would also try to get the best advice & help to save the original paint / striping / logos. In my experience old red paint is about the hardest color to rescue once it wears and goes chalky, but I think I would keep it anyway. It would be a badge of honor, or at least of survival.

    And I wouldn’t mind having the chrome and interior redone even if they would be new, in contrast with the older paint.

    The bidding is reasonably healthy for not having the original engine with the car, so others see value in the car, too. These smooth coupes have always appealed……

  3. WLB

    How much for the vacuum cleaner and how many cfm’s?

  4. 68 custom

    A guy I know had one of these with either a 318 or a 340 and 3 speed manual, the manual tranny made it cool to me. but by the time my friend had got a hold of it rust had an even firmer grip than he.

  5. daCabbie

    The paint would come back but you’re gonna burn the corners off and start a new problem… but it never ends… you could just put a sh*t-load of money/power under the hood and a loud exhaust and red light race her… nobody will know her true beauty until you unleash it…

    Chrome don’t get ya’ home…

    So sad the original engine is gone…. but this car has great a great fierce stance.

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  6. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Rare Bee…..even without the match motor it’s going over to $10,000 as a roller.

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