1971 Dodge Super Bee 426 Hemi Sunroof Muscle Car Of The Week Video Episode 314

  • Published on Jul 12, 2019
  • 1971 saw a completely new Dodge Charger. Out was the long, sharp, boxy Charger and “in” was the new curvier model for ‘71. The new design featured a more pronounced long nose / short deck look, and although it was about 2 inches shorter than the 68-70 model, it was also wider than it’s predecessor. The design remains controversial, with the interestingly up-swept pillarless side window design and fastback-ish rear roofline. A new bumper design split the nose in half, and our Charger Super Bee features a clean look with hidden headlights.
    You could order all kinds of engines in your 1971 Charger, but our featured Super Bee is fitted with the one everyone talks about… the 425 HP 426 Hemi V8, and it’s coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission. And while a Hemi Orange ‘71 Super Bee with a 426 and a stick might be tops on any muscle car wish list, it’s the top of this one that makes it even more special.
    If you’ve never seen a factory installed power sunroof like this one, you’re not alone. Chrysler didn’t sell very many of the nearly $500 options, which mandated the full vinyl top as well. When you add in the code E74 426 Hemi engine at over $880.00, and you were looking at an expensive Super Bee back in ‘71 even before you start adding the rest of the options. Which do you think had lower production, the Hemi or the Sun Roof? We’ll answer that one later.
    But if you DID spring for all these goodies, you got one heck of a ride, man. Ours features a sprawling white bench seat interior, complete with power windows, a 150 MPH speedo, 8000 RPM tach, and a pistol grip shifter for workin’ the 4-speed gearbox. Looking out over the long hood is a trip from any angle, as the Ramcharger scoop comes to life letting the 2 Carter AFB 4-barrels fill the Hemi with air. We’re envisioning a clear day, turning up the Music Master AM radio, hitting the power overhead switch to let the sun shine in, and dumping the clutch to let the 490 ft. lbs. of torque launch us straight into the 5th dimension.
    These cars drive really nicely when in this kind of condition. Power steering and brakes ease the driver effort, and the heavy duty clutch is quite tolerable, even in traffic. The famous Chrysler torsion bar front suspension is taught but comfortable, with a sway bar to keep things on the level in the turns, and the 15 inch rally wheels and Goodyear Polyglas GTs hold the road. A Dana 60 rear axle can stand up to the torque as the leaf springs try to hold it in place. These cars have some of the coolest exhaust tips ever… many call them Machine Gun tips, but the red and chrome ends are officially called “Exhaust Bright Tips”. We call them awesome.
    This is a love it or hate it design, and we’re leaning towards the love it, especially drenched in Hemi Orange with the white vinyl top and blacked-out hood to break it all up. The thin black stripe looks like the car just crossed the finish line with a black ribbon wrapped around the base of the windshield. Dual painted racing mirrors look cool, too.
    All tolled, there were 5,054 1971 Super Bees built. 22 came equipped with the 426 Hemi engine, and only 9 of those were 4-speed manual cars. Coincidentally, there were also 9 known power sunroof 1971 Super Bees built with any of the available engines. But how many Hemi 4-speed cars had sunroofs? I’m not sure, but this one in the Brothers Collection is the Super Bee’s Knees, for sure.
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Comments • 137

  • Pro1er
    Pro1er 14 days ago

    I'm not a fan of the '71, but that is probably the nicest one I've ever seen.

  • CC Ryder
    CC Ryder 16 days ago

    My freind had the 440 six pack RT version same color except he had the spoiler on the back, Damn thing wouldnt outrun the 80s gt mustangs though it was just to damn heavy , but a beautiful car none the less.

  • Robert Brumley
    Robert Brumley 2 months ago

    I used to hate those Polyglass tires.

  • Stuart MacDonald
    Stuart MacDonald 2 months ago

    I used to own that car. Wish I still had it. Beautiful.

  • 281cobra car
    281cobra car 3 months ago

    Electric sunroof? :D, In 1971 my best friend mom bought a 4 year old used car. Turns out it was a 1968 Cougar XR-7-G with a 428ci Cobra jet under the hood and a C6 automatic. It also had an electric sunroof. I remember hanging out of that roof cruising around town. Man that car was fast.

  • Pete Medina
    Pete Medina 3 months ago +1

    That's one fabulous car I like the power sun roof option plus it has the hemi

  • galiffrey1
    galiffrey1 4 months ago

    Did anyone ever tell you, you sound like Ron Swanson from parks and rec?

  • Canada Guy
    Canada Guy 4 months ago

    Great car, still wish they kept the Coke bottle for an extra couple years though

  • jack hook
    jack hook 4 months ago +2

    U say super bee but picture is a charger.

  • Izom
    Izom 4 months ago

    wow what a car...;- ()

  • King nill V well
    King nill V well 4 months ago

    Cash on Dash , i do appreciate 70s art , especially Mopar . hard to match. 👍🧡

  • Darrell Kidd
    Darrell Kidd 4 months ago +1

    Really nice car, but I like the 2nd gen Chargers much better. Kevin, I got the 5th Dimension references, but dude, you're no Marilyn McCoo or Billy Davis Jr.! LOL :)

  • MitchF150
    MitchF150 4 months ago +1


  • my name is 905
    my name is 905 4 months ago +2

    All of that goodness, but I just don't get the bench seat! The sunroof, the Hemi the air grabber hood,i don't remember seeing any shaker hoods on the 3rd gen Chargers,so I wonder if it ever was an option. But a bench seat? Really? Oh well, the rest is aces anyway, so who cares,just rug that puppy,open the top and find a nice country road to have a spectacular cruise on. I say the roof is rarer. Great stuff guys, thanks again! ▪☆☆☆▪

    • mark rylander
      mark rylander 4 months ago +1

      you mustnt like girls then...best thing i ever did to my 69 charger was change out my buckets/console for a bench /buddy seat..how you gonna play pussy with a console in the way bro?...same reason why i never call shotgun in my buddies cars..il sit in the back seat with the chicks..no obstructions...and theres nothing more badass than a 4 spd with a bench,pure business,no candyass there..i suggest you think about the logic behind what ive said...you can thank me later

  • Rainbowrider JT
    Rainbowrider JT 4 months ago

    Back in the day, I thought these were ugly compared to the 68 to 70 but today, It's still better looking than any POS today!!

  • Korie Creson
    Korie Creson 4 months ago

    Absolutely bad ass & gorgeous !

  • Robert Ehrler
    Robert Ehrler 4 months ago

    I'm pretty sure that's the new 1320 angry bee emblem on that gorgeous 71!! Lol

  • Tony Yomomma
    Tony Yomomma 4 months ago

    Anyone who dislikes this video is a Low Fat Cinnamon Latte sippin, Prius drivin, liberal idiot.

  • Jerrol Hale
    Jerrol Hale 4 months ago

    This is what a charger looks like 2 doors not that fiat garbage

  • Shawn Bradley
    Shawn Bradley 4 months ago

    425hp my ass. Try 525 in reality.

  • Onedge70 Moparsuperbee
    Onedge70 Moparsuperbee 4 months ago +1

    Fantastic ride!:)

  • twincammike83 16v
    twincammike83 16v 4 months ago +1

    Cool car....

  • Alan Wood
    Alan Wood 4 months ago +1

    Super nice, I believe that vinyl roofs were added to cars with sunroofs so a lot of time wasn't spent on the assembly line doing finish body work at that time. Plymouth Superbirds all had vinyl roofs to hide bodywork as well.

  • Rich Santoro
    Rich Santoro 4 months ago +2

    LOVE IT!! Always did. Plus I'm a sucker for damn near any car painted orange.

  • Doug Abbott
    Doug Abbott 4 months ago

    Preferred the shaker hood to this . Not sure if it was still available in that year with the hemi?

    • Grumpy468
      Grumpy468 4 months ago +1

      No not on a B body.

  • doctornaws
    doctornaws 4 months ago +2

    As always top notch! I love this channel!

  • Komet163B
    Komet163B 4 months ago +1

    My guess is the Sun Roof was lower production in 1971 Chargers than the Hemi (which was 85 cars). I've seen the Sun Roof production estimated to be as low as only 9 cars. But that seems unrealistically low.. or is it correct? Maybe the 9 is for the number of 71 Super Bees with a Sun Roof. I wonder how many 1971 Chargers had a Sun Roof?

  • V8 Power
    V8 Power 4 months ago +1

    Great save for the pontiac grille

  • H. R. Puffnstuff
    H. R. Puffnstuff 4 months ago +1

    Is that one of the Motortrend test cars from the 1971 issue that tested a half dozen Chargers?

  • Bobby Jo Cowpoke
    Bobby Jo Cowpoke 4 months ago

    Pure pussy😘

  • Troy Tempest
    Troy Tempest 4 months ago +1

    Who was that in the passenger seat when you were behind the wheel? Hail Kev!

  • Larry Ruben
    Larry Ruben 4 months ago +1

    Why did some come with 2 red tail lights and some with three tail lights per side???

  • habu srt
    habu srt 4 months ago +9

    425 hp production car, thought those days were gone forever. Now my daily driver is 717 hp Thank You Dodge!

    • Kevin Grazier
      Kevin Grazier 4 months ago +1

      mark rylander

    • mark rylander
      mark rylander 4 months ago +2

      maybe so but these cars have way more personality and style than anything new,cookie cutter windtunnel designs just like their import counterparts..classic muscle actually hold their resale value too which is nice..anyone with coin in their pocket can go on any given day to dodge and buy your car,just like walmart...on the other hand,these cars actually had limited production numbers which makes them hard to find and a bit of a challenge to locate..dont get me wrong tho,i think its a good thing that people are willing to fork out a mortgage payment every month for an overpriced car,it keeps the price of the old stuff more affordable for those with taste;)

    • Kevin Grazier
      Kevin Grazier 4 months ago +2

      habu srt
      Agreed 👍😎

  • Mike V
    Mike V 4 months ago +2

    HEMI cars are AWESOME! But looks wise other than the CUDA In the early 70s no one would pick A 71 over a 68,69 or 70. Sun roof or not. The Dod, Chr, Ply. In 71 All look portly. Not only were they wider they were heavier.

    • number3665
      number3665 4 months ago +1

      True and yet Richard Petty said this body was his favorite to race and was the best overall race car.

  • Squirmin Herman the one eyed German


    • Squirmin Herman the one eyed German
      Squirmin Herman the one eyed German 4 months ago

      @mark rylander what are you rambling about? that is a slogan from about 50 years ago goober smack! i grew up in that era & it has always been a saying! you young bucks really need to quit being so narrow minded & start learning some shit before you say things you know nothing about! why the hell are you even on this channel if you dont know a damn thing about cars? get back to your "my little pony" & leave this to the adults!

    • mark rylander
      mark rylander 4 months ago

      ive never heard that before...did you write that little advertising jingle yourself or did you steal it from someone?..i bet you came up with it..you are a creative individual,what university did you obtain your masters degree in marketing slogans?..harvard or yale?

  • Gerald Balciar Jr
    Gerald Balciar Jr 4 months ago +1

    I like it.

  • benton cox
    benton cox 4 months ago +2

    Great car..Top sucks..don't paint the intake... aluminum is the stuff..Hemis, are bad ass, But 440 six pack could take them....just saying.

    • Dan V
      Dan V 4 months ago

      I love the 440 six pack!

  • neuman356
    neuman356 4 months ago +1

    Praising bias ply tires is a bit ridiculous...

    • neuman356
      neuman356 4 months ago +1

      Landing in a ditch or wrapping your car around a tree was a popular sport back then.

    • Gary Cohen
      Gary Cohen 4 months ago

      You need to know how to drive a car with bias ply !Like real men did in the 60-70

  • Richard Gill
    Richard Gill 4 months ago +1


  • RTLL
    RTLL 4 months ago +2

    I might very well be wrong, but...
    I think the sunroof was a factory option but not factory *installed*. If a sunroof order came in the car was sent to American Sunroof (or similar) for the actual installation. Hopefully a Mopar expert will come along . I'm no authority.

    • MuscleCarOfTheWeek
      MuscleCarOfTheWeek  4 months ago

      True statement! We should clarify. Here's info: moparsunroofregistry.com/asc-history/

  • terry waller
    terry waller 4 months ago +2

    I bought one of those, brand new, great car wish I still had it. However I owned it 2 weeks and was driving it and the sun roof cover blew off! Wish I still had it.
    Took over 6 months to get the sun roof fixed by the dealer.

    • Z
      Z 3 months ago

      mopar dealerships still struggle with fixing mopars , some things never change

  • Clifford Jones
    Clifford Jones 4 months ago +1

    MOPAR 4 LIFE Hemi badst in the world that's a fact

  • Marvin Gross
    Marvin Gross 4 months ago +1

    Bench seat and 4 speed, way cool !

  • Jeff G
    Jeff G 4 months ago +4

    Just need some White Shoes , White Belt, some Side Burns and all set...Dont forget the BRUT

    • Z
      Z 3 months ago +1

      HI Karate lime was also acceptable Jeff

  • Rick in Texas
    Rick in Texas 4 months ago +2

    That car is tons of cool and awesomeness. I had no idea they offered a factory electric sunroof. Awesome!

  • richard Turk
    richard Turk 4 months ago +1

    I had a good friend that owned a B5 blue 71 Hemi Charger Super Bee.
    Bench seat with an auto on the column.Not sure if his had the sun roof option its been many years ago.
    Not to discount your total 22 71 Hemi cars built but IIRC there were only 15 Hemi Charger Super Bees produced.

    • Komet163B
      Komet163B 4 months ago +2

      1971 Hemi Charger production = 85 cars. 22 Hemi Super Bees (13 TorqueFlite, 9 Four-Speed), 63 Hemi R/Ts (33 TorqueFlite, 30 Four-Speed).

  • Juanita372
    Juanita372 4 months ago +1

    We have a 72 Challenger sunroof all numbers matching. 93 thousand original miles. The car is in great condition. White on White. We are looking to sale. Not sure the price we should be asking. We would like to show you the car. We live less than 5 miles from your location! We can send pictures if you are interested. Thank you.

  • 79tazman
    79tazman 4 months ago +1

    That's one rare Bee indeed the Brothers got all the bad ass Mopars I would love to have that Collection

  • Al Bundy
    Al Bundy 4 months ago +2

    Nice car. I own a 73 black on black SE Charger. I love the 3 slot opera or whatever you call it windows on the side. I've owned the car since 1979. Some of them had the sunroof but honestly, I don't like in in the Charger. I have a 76 Lincoln Mark IV where I think it's more appropriate. My Charger came with a wimpy 400 w/2 barrel as it was made during the choking of V8 engine years. Only had 185 hp. Hell my 76 Linconl only as about 180 and it has a 460 in it. About ten years ago I decided to replace some of the rusted sheet metal as mine was a daily driver when I bought it and drove it in the snow and all over the place in the day. I took off the hood ornament and chrome moldings and trim. It's nice and sleek looking now. I rebuilt the motor and bored it to 406 and it now has around the same horse power as the hemi. I put high compression mopar heads on it. The original transmission never failed me, its a 727 automatic with some mods to compensate for the additional power. I changed the carburetor to fuel injection after I rebuilt it as I was tired of adjusting the 4 barrel I put on it. I added an MSD AL ignition system to it and it books. I turn the key to on to prime the fuel pump and crank it and it fires up like a new car. The great thing about the fuel injection conversion is I can do some nice tuning and adjustments on the fly with a four inch touch screen interface. My car came with an am/fm radio with one speaker in the dash and one in the rear deck. The other opening in the back was recirculated interior air to defrost the rear window. I left the radio in it but added an under dash high power fm and 8 track player. It was a Sanyo with a whopping 14 watts per channel. I took out the defroster thing and put in some Jensen 6x9's. It's funny that my 73 Charger has sensors on it now just like a new car. It was fun setting the TPS sensor with the old school rod gas pedal system. I have a couple of nice Flowmasters with the same lower rear valence as this 71, cut outs so the pipes look awesome. During the rebuild I put a new stereo in it under the drivers seat with a remote as I never liked seeing how people would cut through the plastic on the rally dash to mount a newer stereo and they always look like you know what. So when you see the dash on my car its a factory rally dash. My 400 2 barrel never failed me and was working fine before I rebuilt it...I wanted horse power and don't care that it wasn't rebuilt to oem specs..who the hell wants a Charger with the same horse power as a 4 cylinder?

  • Dave Wesley
    Dave Wesley 4 months ago +3

    I’d love to have this ...

  • jim colegrove
    jim colegrove 4 months ago +2

    In your teaser on facebook the headline said Plymouth Super Bee. By the time the actual video was published you had it fixed. But it might be worthwhile pointing out the fact that this is indeed a Dodge Super Bee. Not a Charger, but a Super Bee. Prior to 71 the Super Bee was a dressed up Coronet, which was not produced in 71. I don't think this car has the word Charger anywhere on it. Great episode. Love your vids.

    • Komet163B
      Komet163B 4 months ago +1

      1971 Super Bees had a "Charger Dodge Division" emblem on the right rear corner of the trunk lid (just to the left of the Super Bee decal). This emblem can be seen on the car in the video.

  • Bruce Schintgen
    Bruce Schintgen 4 months ago +1

    A highschool Friend has has a 1971Super Bee 383 ,4 speed triple green and a 1971 Chager RT Hemi. Like the body style.

  • Ted Roberts
    Ted Roberts 4 months ago +2

    You could go to 100 different mopar showrooms in 1971 and not see a hemi super bee but the good old 383 would be ready to go for 230.00 a month.

  • 12bucklemyshoe1
    12bucklemyshoe1 4 months ago +1

    Love it. No question. Only thing it's missing is my licence plate.

  • Louis Kats
    Louis Kats 4 months ago +1

    I noticed the super bee logo on the front guards in different position is this normal.
    On the p/s its to the front of the Super Bee lettering.
    On the d/s it's behind the Super Bee lettering.
    Just doesn't look right one would think it would be to the front of the lettering on both sides.
    Otherwise another tough mind blowing Charger, you just keep coming up with better better muscle cars every week.
    Always look forward to every episode.
    Louis from Australia

    • Mr DIY
      Mr DIY 4 months ago

      You are right! Bee first will look nicer, but if you want keep originality you cant do that fix...

  • John Richards
    John Richards 4 months ago +1

    Wow, such a cheesy follow-up to the magnificent '68-'70 Chargers. The basic lines are okay, but all that garish chrome on the front and back ends, and that horrific vinyl roof (did it have to be white?), make this car an eyesore.

  • STL Fila
    STL Fila 4 months ago +10

    Imagine going to the dealership in 1971 and seeing this on the lot.

    • H. R. Puffnstuff
      H. R. Puffnstuff 4 months ago +1

      Older brother ran with the kids who's folks owned the local Mopar dealership. I got to ride in some badass Mopars back then. By late 71 most of them were still like new but sitting used on the local VW dealerships trade in lot. I seen more Hemi and 6pak cars gathered together at the VW dealer than the Chrysler dealership.

  • Raymond Berlin III
    Raymond Berlin III 4 months ago +3

    Oh yeah! I always thought the 1971-1974 Dodge Charger's were the best looking Charger's ever and they're my favorite generation too! My grandfather had a '73 Charger SE with a 318, 3 speed automatic transmission back in 1980 and it was a nice car as well! But he sold it in early 1988 unfortunately.

  • Luis Ponce
    Luis Ponce 4 months ago +2

    That is awsome mopar machine ! ! ! ! A beautiful example of mopar muscle.

  • stripervince1
    stripervince1 4 months ago

    Love. Rarer than rocking horse shit