In the spring of 1969, the Chrysler Corporation released what many still consider its ultimate street-strip machines under engineering code A12. The A12 was noteworthy for a number of reasons, and the one-of-one car offered here got this package installed on its Super Bee hardtop body, one of approximately 153 automatic transmission-equipped WM23M versions built. That fifth-digit M is critical, referring to the special 440 engine offered only in these cars.
Benefiting from a nut-and-bolt, rotisserie restoration, this beautiful Dodge has a matching-numbers engine and automatic transmission, the Dana 60 Sure Grip differential, and its original fender tag. The 440 Six Pack featured a trio of Holley 2-barrel carburetors and beefed internals, but each car also received the fiberglass lift-off hood as part of A12. The A727 was the same version used in HEMI installations, and this car is a bucket-seat version with a console and floor shift (many A12 automatics came in the economically based bench-seat, column-shift configuration). All A12 cars received upgraded suspension and brakes as well.
With photo documentation of restoration, what you are seeing is the real deal—this is the only known example coded for EL5 Butterscotch (which was a special-order 99 color) coupled with the white interior, white vinyl top, and white Super Bee-logo bumble bee stripe.
In addition to the adjustable headrest bucket seats, this car is appointed inside with the 150 MPH speedometer and Tic-Toc-Tach, a thumbwheel radio, wood-grain-style steering wheel and appliques, lefthand remote mirror, and pedal brightwork. The remainder speaks for itself—the incredible color combination, tinted glass, Super Bee emblems, chrome exhaust tips, and the correct H-Code wheels wearing new 15-inch Goodyear redline bias-ply tires. No hubcaps were offered, just chrome lugs nuts.
The car is scheduled to cross the Mecum Kissimmee auction block on Thursday, January 12th, 2023.
With a vintage drag racing photo as part of its sale, there is one thing this car doesn’t have: a reserve. For more information, photos, and details on how to bid, visit Mecum.com.
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