As the muscle car era of the 1960s and early 1970s drew to a close, automotive history was marked by an elite and exclusive breed. Amongst the dwindling numbers of high-performance marvels emerged a gem that stands as a testament to rarity and automotive prowess—the 1971 Dodge HEMI® Charger Super Bee. And within this limited run, a singular embodiment exists—a one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-replicated masterpiece set to grace the Mecum Kissimmee auction block.
A Rarity Amongst Rarities –
This exceptional vehicle is not just one of nine 426 HEMI Charger Super Bees produced with a 4-speed transmission in 1971—it’s the sole specimen finished in the elegant Light Gunmetal Metallic (GA4). Its exclusivity extends further, standing alone as the only known example equipped with bucket seats sans the center console, an unparalleled configuration that elevates its uniqueness to unmatched levels.
History Woven in Metal –
Its origins trace back to Berlin Motors in Berlin, New Jersey, where it found its first home, setting the stage for an illustrious journey through automotive history. Previously a revered member of the Wellborn Musclecar Museum, this vehicle carries within it a legacy documented by previous owners, alongside meticulously preserved engine records—a testament to its storied past.
Power and Precision –
Underneath the hood resides its beating heart, a matching-numbers 426 HEMI V8 engine complemented by an A833 4-speed transmission—an unparalleled union that epitomizes power, performance, and precision. The HEMI, in its final pinnacle, boasts two inline 4-barrel carburetors, high-flow cylinder heads, and the characteristic oval air cleaner. Mated to a 3.54 Dana 60 SureGrip rear end, every component is a symphony of power, engineering, and adrenaline.
Elegance and Detail –
The exterior, adorned in the understated yet commanding Light Gunmetal Metallic, is accentuated by the iconic Super Bee logos, black vinyl top, and the striking Ramcharger hood with hold-down pins. Notably, the hideaway headlamps and front and rear spoilers impart an aura of exclusivity. A single repaint in 2004, meticulously applied in the original color, perpetuates its authenticity and allure.
Intrigues of the Interior –
Inside, the black vinyl bucket seat interior beckons with a Hurst Pistol Grip shifter, a dashboard housing a 150 MPH speedometer, Chrysler Solid State radio, and woodgrain trim. The chrome driver’s mirror, 426 HEMI hood tags, and Super Bee emblems are nuanced details, subtly echoing its distinctive heritage.
This extraordinary vehicle, a fusion of HEMI power, Charger legacy, and Super Bee heritage, embodies the pinnacle of an era—a time when power, precision, and exclusivity converged. As it prepares to grace the Mecum Kissimmee auction on January 13th, 2024, it signifies not just a collector’s dream but a rare opportunity to own a piece of automotive history.
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