1968 Dodge Super Bee Rescued from Junkyard Awaits Revival

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A rare 1968 Dodge Super Bee, rescued from a junkyard, awaits restoration, showcasing the enduring legacy of American muscle cars.

A 1968 Dodge Super Bee, once thought lost to the sands of time, has been given a second chance at life after being rescued from a junkyard. This remarkable vehicle, documented by YouTube's "Auto Archaeology," showcases the journey of a true HEMI muscle car that narrowly escaped the fate of many of its counterparts from the golden era of American muscle cars.

The Super Bee, finished in its original Sunfire Yellow, was stolen in 1971, just a few years after its production. The thieves stripped it of its iconic 426-cubic-inch HEMI V8 engine and three-speed automatic transmission, replacing them with a 318-cubic-inch small-block V8. The car was driven with this smaller engine for a short period before being relegated to the owner's personal junkyard, where it languished for about two decades. In the mid-1990s, the Super Bee was pulled from its resting place and moved to a warehouse, where it remained for another 25 years, making only a brief appearance at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) show.


Despite its rough history and prolonged periods of inactivity, the Super Bee remains largely intact. The factory-applied Sunfire Yellow paint, although weathered, still graces its body, and remnants of the white rear stripes and black vinyl top are still visible. The interior, while worn, is complete and retains its original charm. The car’s rarity adds to its allure; it is one of only 94 HEMI/automatic Super Bees produced in 1968, representing just 1.2% of the total production for that year.

Restoring this classic muscle car will undoubtedly be a challenging and costly endeavor, but it is not impossible. With period-correct parts still available and the 426 HEMI V8 not being entirely unobtainable, a dedicated enthusiast could return this Super Bee to its former glory. The successful restoration of a 1970 Coronet R/T, which was parked next to the Super Bee, offers hope that this iconic vehicle can also be revived.

For now, the 1968 Dodge Super Bee sits as an unrestored relic, a testament to the enduring legacy of American muscle cars and the ongoing passion of car enthusiasts who strive to preserve automotive history.

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