1969 1/2 Dodge Coronet “Super Bee”, A-12 Edition
Original price: Approx. $4,000.00
On loan from: Nick Patsios, Jr., Kearney, NE; acquired in Kearney, August, 1973
Number made: Approx. 1,000, 2-door hardtop, manual transmission
Engine, etc. V-8; 440 cid, 390 hp; “”Six-pack” – three 2-barrel carburetors (a $463 option); 117” wheelbase; 3,412 lbs.; approximately 38,000 miles
This is a numbers-matching car except for the engine block (1969 vintage), headers, wheels and tires. Normal driving used the center carburetor; hard driving opened up the other two.
It has had three owners since its purchase in 1973. It was a street driver from 1973 to early 1980. It then was drag raced for short periods in the late 1980’s. The car was then upgraded to its present condition for showing and versatility for the street and strip.
This car was a prototype for marketing and sales venues of the Dodge muscle car “Scat Pack” series. True to the stripped-down style of hot rods, air conditioning and cruise control were not offered.
Dodge introduced the Coronet in 1949 and it was the official pace car of the Indy 500 in 1954.
In 1956, the Coronet was restyled, made longer, wider, and lower to the ground. Tri-colored paint jobs were common and it had a wraparound windshield. Tail fins finished the rear end and a push-button transmissions was offered. The car was restyled in 1957 (lower, larger tail fins) and in 1958 (improved engines, headlights were now quad units). In 1959 it had even larger fins and headlights became even more exaggerated. Length, width, and wheelbase were all enlarged. New options included a swivel-seat which would swing out to meet its occupant.
By 1966, Coronet was shortening by an inch and bucket seats became standard. The grille from the Charger was used on the 1967 Coronet. Over 10,000 were sold that year.
In 1968, the Coronet was given a smoother, rounder profile. Quad headlights were set in the full-width grille and tail lights were in a full-width panel. The R/T [Road and Track] Coronet configuration was available and the Super Bee was introduced. The “I’m all engine – the body’s just here to keep rain off the driver” image of the Super Bee drew attention away from the Coronet R/T. Competition came from the Plymouth GTX and Road Runner which both sold substantially more cars in 1969.
By the early 1970’s the muscle car era was ending due to government regulations, safety concerns, and an impending oil embargo. Engine sizes declined and Dodge offered only 4-door Coronets in a sedan or station wagon style. Production of the Coronet ceased in 1976.
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/NA/Dodge/1969_Dodge/1969_Dodge_Coronet_Brochure/dirindex.html (Original sales brochure)