Kimberly V. Althage & Connor Canavan – April 27, 2021
Delving deeper into Mopars since folks keep asking to see more of them. Fun fact, did you know the roadrunner was a favorite of modern runner moonshiners? It was America’s first high power, budget priced muscle car. Only costing $2,870 in 1968 and it was faster than any police cars of the late 60’s early 70’s era right off the factory line. They weren’t just fast; they were also tough enough to haul a whole lot of weight and take those twisted and curvy backwoods dirt roads like a champ. It is why Dodge Cornets and Polaras were used as cop cars in the 70’s, just to keep up with the moonshine runners.
We will cover two more icons of the Mopar world. The Dodge Charger and the Dodge Super Bee. The Dodge lineup is sportier than the Plymouth lineup, do you agree? Some say the Plymouth line has more muscle and the Dodge line sportier. It is hard to say, for these two vehicles have far more in common than have differences. When these two vehicles were released to the masses in 1968, they both used the same basic chassis, and weighed nearly identical to one another. They also had the same standard engine, a 383 Cubic V8.
We begin with the Dodge Super Bee and will look at this 1970 model. This was the year there were some new redesign features introduced. The most noticeable, even at a distance, is the front end and the side stripes that became known as the double hockey stick stripe.
The front end has the Scat Pack Bee on the hood making it more unique. The center of the grill is big and sticks out roughly a centimeter, whereas the 68 and 69 models had a grill that went all the way through. 1970 is the only year they did this style, for the 71 had the two grill styles but they were closer together and had no room for the Scat Pack Bee you see here.
This Super Bee, like most, came with a 383. However, being fully restored, this one holds a 426 Hemi Big Block V8 and it only has a bit over 1300 miles since its restoration. She is equipped with a 4-speed auto trans and drives like a fiend.
Some of the other options this car comes with includes power brakes, power steering, rally wheels, and Positraction or limited-slip differential. It has a nice vinyl interior, bucket seats, and more. Don’t you just love the Red with all black vinyl interior? It looks aggressive.
Now we focus on the 1969 blue and white Charger. Here at Gateway Classic Cars we see a lot of unique and rare vehicles. Sometimes, like with this gem, we get the rarest of the rare. This 1969 Dodge Charger RT/ST is unique and truly extraordinary.
This bright blue poly coat option is called B5 Blue and is the exact color this car had coming off the line. Everything about this car is “exact” numbers matching as it came off the factory line, in truth a complete nut and bolt full restoration was done to this car. Everything from the VIN number, fender tag, radiator core support, the motor, and transmission.
This Charger is rocking the legendary 440 big-block “Magnum” with the 727 automatic transmission. Yes, it has power! Its Performance Axle Package is a 489 Case with 3.55 gears.
This vehicle includes the Special Edition (SE) package, a woodgrain panel, bucket seats, the B5 Blue color that I already mentioned, a white vinyl roof, the white bumble bee stripes, power windows, power steering.
One of the craziest things about this RT/ST is the mileage. The owner has only driven 80 miles on the vehicle since its restoration. Basically, it is a brand new 1969 Dodge Charger RT/ST with a 440 magnum. Who else could say that?