I live in Pleasanton, CA and just inherited my Dad's 1971 Dodge Super Bee. I flew to Ontario, CA on December 1, 2001 and towed the Bee on a trailer back to Pleasanton. I've had the Bee for three months but only had it on the road for two very short excursions.
In December, the Bee was moved to a local mechanic who represented himself as a specialist in ?vintage vehicles?. Due to the Bee setting for so long without being road run or even started, all fluids were flushed and changed, all joints greased, carburetor replaced, new power steering unit installed and the engine completely tuned. I also asked to have the transmission checked. When I picked up the Bee, the mechanic said, "The engine and transmission are as sound and tight as any one I've seen". This could only happen with a MOPAR engine and transmission.
In March 1971, my dad purchased the 1971 Super Bee from the Dodge dealership in Covina, CA after spotting the car displayed in Riverside, CA. The Bee only had 18 miles on it when my dad drove it off the new car lot. My dad has been the original owner and has kept it in original condition, with no restorations. The Bee was purchased as a sporty transportation vehicle and dad never dreamed it would still be in the family in 2002. Dodge specialists have completed most all of the maintenance work. This "survivor" car is practically the same as it was when my dad drove it off the Covina, CA car lot in March 1971.
The Bee has for the most part been garaged when not in use. It had not been driven for the past seven years before I moved it to Pleasanton. It has only been driven a few miles since 1991.
The only minor accidents involving the Bee were:
- In 1971, a nephew ran his tricycle into the rear valance below the trunk, putting a small dent in the pan.
- In 1973 my dad's teenage stepson ran into a gas pump then fled the scene without any damage to the Bee.
- In 1983, a co-worker at my dad's work ran into the Bee in the parking structure and put the most damage ever done to the car. It was repaired at Coachcraft in Monrovia, CA.
The Bee has traveled in 39 US states plus Canada and Mexico. There are only 9 states in the continental United States that the Bee has not traveled.
- 383 Magnum
- Automatic slap-stick transmission
- Factory air conditioning
- Original paint - Hemi Orange
- Original interior - White
- Vinyl top - White
- Black racing stripe
- Original engine
- Original transmission
- No modifications
- No restoration
- "All" work records
- Mileage chart (mileage records kept at fill-up)
- California license plate: 1971 BEE
Since my dad is the original owner, I'm proud to be considered the "original family owner".
My inheritance has been a gem. I'm looking forward to good times cruising Northern California; being more involved in MOPAR events and car shows. I hope to be bringing an example of un-restored Dodge history to a few events and shows in the near future.