Vehicle Identification Number: WM23M9A271378
Decoded: W=Dodge Coronet; M=Super Bee; 23=2-dr hardtop; M=Special V8 Engine; 9=1969 model year; A=Hamtramck, MI assembly; 271378=171,378th 1969 Dodge scheduled for production at Hamtramck.
Engine: 440 cid OHV “Big Block” V8
3x2--barrel Carburetor/390 bhp
3-Speed Heavy Duty Torqueflite Automatic Transmission
Power Assisted Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Odometer: 58,170 Miles Showing
*Factory Numbers Matching M-code 440 Six-Pack V8 Included
*Striking Color Combination
The Model –By 1968, the muscle-car wars were in full swing and with the introduction of the new B-body to the Coronet line, it was natural that high-performance would be a major part of this family of attractive vehicles. While the first season of this style was commendable, all the stops were pulled out for 1969 and one of the most feared engines was the mighty 440, offered in the Super Bee package with the “Six Pak” option, placing a trio of two-barrel carburetors on top of the well-tuned V8. Released after the official start of the model year, the engine identifier for this brutish engine fell under the letter “M” which in factory books was listed only as a “Special V8”. And special it was, neck-snapping performance from a well-engineered and reliable motor that would go on to power a wide range of Mopar vehicles. While the grocery getting Coronet sedans, coupes and wagons were the line’s bread and butter, and brought home the bacon for Dodge, it was up to cars like the Super Bee to bring in the showroom traffic and stir up interest in the marque. In the end, it appears to have done what marketing had hoped.
The Car – Finished in Bright Green Metallic, code F6, with the “lift-off” black-out hood, this 1969 Super Bee had been given what appears to be a professional level restoration. Taken back to its original appearance everything was done to factory specifications, including the full-width bench seat covered in black vinyl with a full assortment of gauges in the dashboard. While Dodge did offer several dress-up type wheels, this car is fitted with the “down-to-business” hi-po steel wheels finished in gloss black and fitted with equally impressive tires. The owner of the Super Been didn’t want a trailer-queen, he want to be able to go out there and create quite a buzz, which means there is a lot of fun and real excitement awaiting the new owner. Muscle-cars like the Super Bee didn’t build their legacy from being coddled and stored in temperature controlled rooms from new, and this car has been built with that same thought in mine. If you think you’re ready to play with the big kids, then you need this Dodge in your garage!