Chris McCartney from Sagle, Idaho, was about to give up on finding a B-Body project at a r
This story is for those of our readers who are convinced there are no inexpensive project cars left to find and restore. While we certainly agree that the popularity of classic vehicles has made it tough to score a deal on anything resembling a muscle car these days, especially a Mopar, there are still plenty of cars out there to be found, and some at very reasonable prices. If you don't believe us, just ask Chris McCartney of Sagle, Idaho, who scored this '69 Dodge Super Bee for $500.
Like many of us, Chris dreamed about owning and restoring a certain Mopar. For him, a '69 Super Bee or Coronet was the epitome of muscle car styling, so he kept his eyes open for a descent one to restore. After searching some time for a reasonably priced car, however, Chris decided it just wasn't to be and gave up. Having wanted a Super Bee for so long, and having restored one previously, Chris had accumulated a bunch of parts including a set of nice fenders, but decided to put the parts up for sale since he couldn't find a car to fix up himself. Little did he know that his ad to sell parts would lead him to the car of his dreams.
This Super Bee is missing a lot of parts but has a solid body and frame to work with. For
After placing an ad to sell his Coronet fenders and other miscellaneous parts, a gentleman from central Washington State called and asked about the fenders. After a brief conversation, the prospective purchaser told Chris the fenders would be for a '69 Super Bee that he hoped to restore one day. Chris asked a little about the car and discovered the owner was really a Chevy guy who had too many projects and not enough money to complete them. Seeing an opportunity, Chris asked if the gentleman wanted to sell the Super Bee. The next day, Chris again called the man with the Super Bee who then agreed to sell the car to Chris for $500. After Chris ran the VIN number to verify the car was a true Super Bee, he called the owner to arrange a wire transfer but got no response.
While this Super Bee has been stripped and Chris will have to find lots of parts, at least
Knowing the car was a great deal, Chris speculated that the owner had second thoughts and was holding out for more money. Being more than 250 miles away made it hard to contact the seller, and it seemed he wouldn't return calls from Chris's phone. Since persistence can pay off, Chris kept trying and eventually used his brother's phone to call the owner of the Super Bee. Once confronted, the owner said that, yes, he would honor the original deal and Chris made arrangements to pick up the car.
Though the car was just a rolling chassis, missing the front and back glass, grille, motor, transmission, and most of the interior, Chris was pleasantly surprised at the condition of the Super Bee. The framerails of this original F5 green, stripe delete car are in great condition and there's no rust in the floors, rockers, or trunk floor. The suspension and rear end were also intact, making this car a solid candidate for restoration. Since the original drivetrain is long gone, Chris says he can modify the car and build it the way he wants without feeling guilty. His plans include a 440 engine and a complete restoration of the body. Though the car needs a lot of work, the purchase price certainly gives Chris a good budget with which to repair and restore his rare find.
We thank Chris for sharing his rare find and showing us there are still deals out there ju