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383 4bbl. Hi Impact Butterscotch. 1 Of 69. Original Drivetrain & Body Panels. Ex on 2040-cars

Year:1971 Mileage:105192 Color: lights work to include blinkers

Thomaston, Maine, United States

Thomaston, Maine, United States

To start with, let me first say that I understand that there is a lot of information in my ad. I also understand that this may be boring to the person who is just looking and not buying. However, for the person who is looking to buy and spend their hard earned money, I feel that there is never too much information.

As to myself, I am not a dealer, just a (64) year old kid that loves muscle cars. For my work, I recently retired from managing a Correctional Facility here in Maine and have worked for the Maine Department of Corrections for (40) years. I am also a respected member of my community. I mention this only because of the value of this car and so that prospective buyers will have some idea as to who they are dealing with. Also, please check out my eBay feedback which is 100% with (1,085) transactions. Many of those have been muscle cars which I have sold to individuals all over the country as well as Canada, England, France, Switzerland and Australia.


Just some quick history on the Super Bee. GM divisions had been doing it for years, but it wasn't until 1968 that the two MOPAR divisions, Dodge and Plymouth, began to engage in a bit of sibling rivalry. The result was the Dodge Super Bee, a direct competitor to Plymouth's Road Runner. Although a capable budget muscle car, it never was as successful as the Road Runner, which truly must have hurt.

Dodge watched as Plymouth launched their budget muscle car, the Road Runner, in the fall of 1967 as a 1968 model. Already upset that Dodge had coined the "road runner" name in a 1967 Coronet ad, Dodge responded by launching its own budget muscle car. Based on the redesigned Dodge Coronet pillared coupe, Dodge looked to its Scat Pack symbol and released its new model in the spring of 1968 as the Super Bee. The $3,027 base price was $131 more than the Road Runner, which used the same basic chassis. Curb weight was nearly identical, and both used the same engines, so performance was almost identical. The standard engine was the 335 bhp four barrel 383 cid V8 that borrowed cylinder heads, camshaft and induction system from the Magnum 440. The 426 Hemi was the only engine option, but at nearly $1,000 more, it clashed with the budget nature of the Super Bee and only 125 were ordered. The low price meant minimizing amenities, and although the Super Bee borrowed the Rallye gauge package from the Charger to edge out the Road Runner, a tachometer was still a $38 extra. A heavy duty suspension, brakes, four-speed manual transmission with Hurst Competition Plus shifter, and red-line wide oval tires were standard. The low price didn't mean low profile, and the Super Bee had bumble bee racing stripes circling the tail, and a big Super Bee emblem hovering on the rear fenders. The grille was finished in black matte and the hood had a decorative power bulge. The wheel lips and the rear body panel were accented with thin bright moldings. Inside, the Super Bee had door-to-door carpeting, pleated vinyl seats and door panels, and a standard bench seat.

The big news for MOPAR muscle car fans in 1969 was a new optional engine in several cars, including the Super Bee. MOPAR engineers took the existing 440 cid V8 and replaced the single Carter four barrel carb with three Holley two-barrel carbs on an Edelbrock Hi-Riser manifold, creating the Dodge 440 Six Pack (Plymouth called it the 440+6). Only the center carb was used for normal driving, but slamming on the fun pedal opened all six carbs for a combined 1,375 cfm rush. Hemi valve springs, a hotter cam, magnafluxed connecting rods, and other improvements helped boost output to 390 bhp. A Hurst four speed manual transmission was standard. Torqueflite automatic was optional, but disc brakes, air conditioning, and cruise control were not allowed. The Super Bee Six Pack came with one of the wilder hoods in muscledoom. The lift off hood was made of fiberglass, had a matte black finish, four NASCAR tie down pins, and a large air scoop molded right in with Six Pack written on the sides. The all business look was completed with standard black steel wheels, unadorned except for chrome lug nuts. The 440 Six Pack was a $463 option in 1969, and 1,907 were produced. The Six Pack could keep up with a Hemi up to 70 mph and came with a Hemi grade suspension that turned the Super Bee into a decent handler.

The aging Coronet's body style was given a face lift for 1970.  The front fenders were sloped down more at the ends, and the hood featured a NASA inspired integrated hood scoop on the standard set up that flowed down into a center peak separating a twin front bumper arrangement. A Super Bee medallion was used between the grilles on the hood.  The Ram-Charger hood with its twin hood scoops were carried over to the new hood as an option.

The cards of marketing were reshuffled for 1971.  The Coronet name it felt was too closely tied with the image of grocery getters and mom and dad.  Thus all four-door mid-sized Dodges would be known as Coronets, while all two-door intermediate Dodge models would be known as Chargers. The Charger would be restyle to meet these demands with long flowing lines that took some of the race car look away from it.  The reshuffle of nameplates also brought the seeming death to the Coronet R/T and the Super Bee. However, it was only half right.  The R/T was never a true contender on the marketing field, so it was killed while the Super Bee was given one more year to prove itself.  Be the fates of soaring insurance rates and government regulations only place the Super Bee on life support, as this would be its last year of production.


Production for the WM23N  383 w/Auto Transmission:                                                  2889

Production at 2.4% of 1971 Coronets painted EL5 Hi-Impact Butterscotch:                 69

Total 1971 EL5 Hi-Impact Butterscotch Automatic 383 Super Bees Registered:           9


So let’s get right to this rare 1971 Super Bee that I am auctioning here today on eBay Motors.

First, let me say that there is a lot of information here.

Here is what my Super Bee has: 

1.                Original and Decoded Body Tag;

2.                Original Vin Stamped Block;

3.                Original Vin Stamped Automatic Transmission;

4.                Original Rear Axle;

5.                Original Rust Free Body Panels;

6.                Real EL5 Hi Impact Butterscotch Paint Car;

7.                Non-Undercoated Rust Free Undercarriage;

8.                Correct Heads;

9.                Correct Intake;

10.           Correct Carburetor;

11.           Correct Distributor;

12.           Correct Exhaust Manifolds;

13.           Original Dual Snorkel Air Cleaner;

14.           Original Windows with the Exception of the Windshield;

15.           Original Interior (I was told this.) with the Exception of the Carpet;

16.           Original Owner’s Manual;

17.           Original, Working A/C;

18.           Original Power Steering;

19.           Magnum 500 Rims;

20.           Front Disc Brakes (Added).


I would consider the paint on this car to be very good with excellent shine. However, there are a few nicks here and there that have been touched up. The car is cold blooded but in just a minute, it runs and idles fine. The engine starts, sounds and runs great with no smoke or leaks and drives down the road great with plenty of power. No shaking or shimmering. The transmission shifts up and down with firm shifts with no slipping as it goes through the gears. The interior is in very good (I was told original) condition with no rips in the seats or the door panels. The dash is in good condition but does have cracks. The carpet (replacement) and original headliner are also in very good condition. The wipers work and the heater works. The A/C works if hooked up from the engine compartment. There is an issue with the A/C switch. As to gauges, the speedometer and amp meter work but the fuel, oil and temp gauges do not work. I’m unsure why but it has to be sending units, gauges or wiring. I did hook up an oil gauge and the oil pressure was excellent. Also, the clock and radio do not work and I do not know why. All exterior lights work to include blinkers, high and low beams and running lights. Interior gauge lights and dome light work. The trunk is solid with no rust issues and a redline spare is present but the jack is missing. The undercarriage in non-undercoated and in excellent original condition, very solid with no rust issues. Overall, this is a very nice original N-Code Super Bee that is not concourse but will definitely win at local car shows. The car is a true eye catcher and I believe that my reserve is well below what I have seen others going for. Finally, there is tons of paperwork from the original and previous owners of the car.


I highly recommend that serious buyers come themselves or send an agent to see this car in person.


All photos and information that I have documented on this car will be burned on a CD and given to the new owner.


Now take a deep breath and look here for a walk around video of this super rare Butterscotch 1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee.  


I know from previous experience that there is never too much information for the serious collectors. So, for all of you numbers guys and gals, this is for you.

Vin Number:      WM23N1G115510

Vin Number Decode:

          W      Dodge

          M      Medium Price Class

          23     2 Door Hardtop

          N       383 1-4BBL  HP    B Family

1                   1971

G       St. Louis, MO Assembly Plant

115510      Sequence Number


Body Tag:


M21 N41  R11  V21  V6X 26

EL5  U       B11  G11  G36  H51

EL5  C2T7         GT8  917   044948

E65   D32  WM23       N1G 115510

Body Tag Decode:

END           End of Options

M21           Drip Rail Mouldings

N41            Dual Exhaust System

R11            Radio, AM Music Master

V21            Hood Performance Treatment

V6X           Black Longitudinal Sport Stripes – Tape

26               26” Radiator

EL5            Butterscotch Exterior Lower Paint

U                Made to USA Specs

B11            Brakes, HD Drum Auto Adjust

G11            Tinted Glass All Windows

G36            LH Remote, RH Manual Out Side Painted Racing Mirrors

H51            Air Conditioning with Front Heater               

C2T7         C       Charger

2       Vinyl Bench Seat

T7     Saddle Tan Trim

GT8           Dark Tan Upper Door Paint

917             9       September

                   17     17th Day of September 1970 Assembly Date 

044948      Body Production Number

E65            383 1-4BBL  HP    B Family

D32            A727 3-Speed Automatic Transmission

WM23       W      Dodge

                    M      Medium Price Class

                    23     2 Door Hardtop

N1G           N       383 1-4BBL  HP    B Family

1           1971

G       St. Louis, MO Assembly Plant

115510      Sequence Number


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I am an individual and do not claim to know everything there is to know about these cars. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of you questions or concerns are resolved prior to bidding and not after.




In fairness to all, I am not revealing the reserve price. If you are interested in owning this car, please place a bid TO OWN ONLY NOT TO PASS TIME. If it does not make reserve, I may contact the high bidder depending on what the highest amount was on the last bid.


Terms of Sale

This pre-owned vehicle is being sold "as-is, where is" with absolutely no warranties and/or guarantees either expressed or implied. Winning bidder must contact seller within (48) hours of auction close to confirm purchase by e-mail. A $2,000 non refundable deposit is required within (3) business days of auction close. Remainder of selling price is due within (5) business days of auction end and funds must be in the form of a cashiers check, certified bank check or wire transfer. If there is no confirmation, seller has the right to offer the vehicle to other bidders. Buyer is responsible for all transport costs. This auction and your bid/participation in this auction are binding contracts and will be dutifully, lawfully enforced.


Seller reserves the right to end the auction early without any liability to the seller.





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