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1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee:

1971 Charger Super Bee.

Above:1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee HEMI, photo from the Chrysler Archives.

1970 was the end of the two door models in the Dodge Coronet lineup. Still needing a budget performance car Dodge added Super Bee to the Charger lineup. This unique one year model would also be the last Super Bee's produced. Priced under the Dodge Charger R/T. The 1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee offered buyers a low-cost, high performance package with a 383 Magnum four barrel V-8 rated at 300 hp. Also included was a three speed manual floor shifted transmission. A host of other options were available including the 440magnum Six Pack and 426 Hemi engines.

Dodge unleashed the third generation Charger's in 1971 with six models. New for 1971 was the Charger Super Bee, a low buck, high performance street machine.

Completely redesigned for 1971, Charger's received a new body. Featuring a new semi fastback roofline, flush rear window and an integral rear deck spoiler. The new Charger used a 2 inch shorter wheelbase and was 3 inches shorter than the previous year Charger. Buyers looking for performance had two models to choose from Dodge Charger R/T or the Dodge Charger Super Bee.

Priced around $3,300 the Charger Super Bee featured a 300 horsepower 383 Magnum four barrel V-8 engine. Three speed floor shifted manual transmission, power bulge hood (black finished), tape stripes, Super Bee decals, Charger 500 interior with a bench seat and dual exhausts. Buyers looking for mopower could opt for the 440 Six Pack or the legendary 426 Hemi.

The Super Bee also included a Rallye Suspension Package, which included heavy-duty torsion bars and rear springs, front anti-sway bar, heavy duty shocks and heavy duty front and rear drum brakes. Also included was fat F70x14 wide tread, white sidewall, bias belted tires. 1971 was the last year the Dodge Super Bee was produced.

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