This 1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee was built at the Lynch Road assembly plant and sold new from Downey Dodge in Downey, California, in July 1971. The car is said to be one of approximately 30 examples built that year with a 440ci V8, Six Pack carburetor setup, and a four-speed manual transmission. The first owner used the car for drag racing before removing the engine to use in another car. The engine was never installed in another car, and the second owner acquired and reinstalled the numbers-matching V8 in the late 1980s. Finished in black over black, the car was optioned with Super Bee stripe delete, the A33 Track Pak, and an N96 Ramcharger hood scoop. This Super Bee is now offered in Wisconsin with a March 2020 Wise Vehicle Inspection Report, window stickers, an operator’s manual, the original financing agreement, drag-race time slips from the 1970s, a copy of the August 1994 edition of Mopar Collector’s Guide, and a clean Illinois title in the seller’s name.
The body is finished in black (TX9) and was optioned with deleted Super Bee stripes and a Ramcharger hood, the latter of which can be viewed in operation here. The seller notes that the car was repainted in the factory shade prior to his purchase and that the windshield has been replaced.
Color-matched 15″ “H-code” steel wheels wear dog-dish hubcaps and are wrapped in Goodyear Polyglas G60-15 tires with raised white letters. Factory equipment includes manual drum brakes and Rallye suspension with rear leaf springs, front torsion bars, and a front sway bar.
The interior is trimmed in black vinyl with matching carpets and door panels as well as woodgrain accents on the door panels, dash, and center console. Amenities include front bucket seats, a push-button AM radio, an optional center console with a storage compartment, and a Hurst pistol-grip shifter.
The three-spoke steering wheel frames the woodgrain instrument cluster housing a 150-mph speedometer, a combination oil pressure and fuel level gauge, and gauges for alternator charge and coolant temperature. The five-digit odometer shows 11k miles, approximately 500 of which were added by the seller since 2014.
The 440ci V8 features “Six Pack” carburetion with three Holley two-barrel carburetors. The first owner reportedly removed and stored the engine sometime after the original purchase with the intention of using it in another car, and it is said to have been reinstalled by the second owner in the late 1980s. The included Wise Report indicates that the car is currently fitted with its numbers-matching engine. The carburetors have been replaced with earlier units, and other non-factory items, including the starter and alternator, are noted on page 15 of the included Wise report. The seller has shared a video of the engine idling here. The upper radiator core support is a replacement, and the car was dyno-tuned at Westech Automotive in Silver Lake, Wisconsin in 2018.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through an A833 four-speed manual transmission that was overhauled in 2014 by Westech Automotive in Silver Lake, Wisconsin. The clutch fork was repaired and adjusted at the same shop in 2018. The Dana 60 rear axle is equipped with a 3.54:1 Sure-Grip differential, and additional rear-axle details and stamping numbers are detailed on page 22 of the Wise report featured in the gallery. The seller notes spots of corrosion underneath.
The Wise report notes factory casting and stamping numbers and indicates that the engine and transmission are numbers matching.
The factory trim tag is decoded in the Wise report as shown above.
A walk-around video is provided above, and a driving video can be seen below.