What were you doing in 1976? If you were like Mopar Muscle Editor Randy Bolig, you were a 9-year-old peddling your bicycle around. Jim Roth of Danville, Pennsylvania, was buying a used car from a car lot between Bloomsburg and Danville. The car Jim was purchasing was a '70 Super Bee, complete with a 383 and a four-speed. For the sum of 800 big ones, Jim drove the Super Bee home and a lot of other places, too.
The car was enjoyed and driven hard. It had seen numerous high-speed jaunts and quite a few highway battles with not-so-smart challengers. The car even had a high-speed encounter with a deer, but that's another story. The Super Bee received a lot of attention over the years. a 440 was rebuilt, modified, and then nestled between the fenderwells. Randy's not sure where the original 383 went or if it met its demise during a highway escapade. Eventually, the bee was the recipient of some cosmetic enhancements in the form of two new factory quarter-panels and paint. in the early part of the '90s, Jim parked the Bee for a complete restoration. Several trips to Carlisle, Pennyslvania, and the Mopar Nats netted Jim quite a few spare parts to get the Bee underway. Unfortunately, after the disassembly process, life intervened and the Bee spent the next 13 or so years resting-disassembled-in Jim's garage.
Fast forward to May 2004. Editor Bolig had left the Mopar show in Englishtown, New Jersey, and was spending some time in his hometown of Muncy, Pennyslvania. One day while hanging out in friend Lynn Wilson's garage, Lynn told Randy about this '70 Super Bee "project" he had heard about. He couldn't say much about it because he had not seen the car. Later that week, Randy, Lynn, and friends, Denny Ackley and Jeff Eister were perusing the local "automotive recycling yard" when discussions turned to the Bee. Jeff is Jim's brother-in-law and took Lynn and Randy over to look at the Bee. The garage and a separate building housed all the parts, and the shell was resting in the garage. A deal was struck, and the Bee was purchased. Both sides were happy with the deal, and one side was extremely happy (Randy has wanted a '70 Super Bee for as long as he can remember). In his words, "garage space may be limited, but it'll look good next to the Valiant." It took two pick-up loads of parts, and a trip with the car trailer to get everything for the Bee.
So what are the plans for the Bee? Stay tuned to the pages of Mopar Muscle because we're fairly certain the restification will be covered.