Super BeeDodge Coronet A12 By RK Motors
- May 16, 2017
- Posted by Marc Enger
RK Motors Charlotte is home to some of the coolest muscle cars on the planet, and we’ve built our reputation on bringing you the best MoPars money can buy. Over the last eight years we’ve sold more Chrysler A12s than anyone, and when we tell you this Coronet is one of the finest A12s we’ve ever seen, it’s coming from first-hand experience. Not only does this restoration-fresh coupe feature a numbers-matching drivetrain, it also boasts crisp Butterscotch, Black and White aesthetics. And, if you’re looking for an incredible piece of Detroit metal that’ll show just as well as it rides, it’s an excellent opportunity to transform “unmatched fun” into “impressive hard asset”!
Is there any cooler pigment than this Super Bee’s shockingly smooth Hi Impact Butterscotch 2-stage? As one of the more subdued and scarce hues to come out of Chrysler’s hip, ’brighter is better’ mindset, the car’s rare code 96 yellow is some of the crispest paint to ever adorn classic MoPar metal. Naturally, the fall-like hue looks right at home highlighting this authentic A12’s documented, nut-and-bolt restoration. When applied under a vivid Super Bee stripe and buffed to a show worthy shine, it becomes an absolutely fantastic reminder as to just how cool Detroit’s golden era really was. And overall, this Dodge rolls as a high-gloss visual masterpiece which oozes the bare knuckle confidence and old school appeal that made Chrysler street warriors the stuff of legend!
The A12 Package was Chrysler’s very successful bid at creating a street legal platform for drag racers. That meant, after being beat on weekend after weekend, most of these MoPar track warriors were retired to the unglamorous existence of field decoration or barn furniture. Naturally, finding a top-notch A12 is a pretty rare occurrence. In fact, this killer Coronet was rare from the get-go, as, by the time all was said and done, Chrysler had only produced roughly 150 auto-equipped WM23M hardtops. At the front of this classy coupe, a bee-branded grille hangs four halogen headlights above a fresh chrome bumper and clear parking lamps. Behind that grille, a lightweight hood centers a forward-facing scoop, which wears bright “SIX PACK” scripts, in the middle of four stainless pins and smooth black paint. Above that hood, tinted glass rides between satin wipers, pristine stainless frames and fresh, fratzog-branded vinyl. Below that glass, slab-sided body panels hang traditional door handles amid bright wheel trim, clear marker lamps and a correct chrome mirror. And at the back of the car, a black valance centers a bold “DODGE” script and factory-fresh taillights between stainless exhaust tips, a small Bee emblem and a second chrome bumper.
Make good use of this Plymouth’s billet hood props and you’ll find an original, 440 cubic inch Magnum V8 that’s authenticated by a 2536430 casting number, a May 16th, 1969 casting date and a matching partial VIN. More popular than Chrysler’s famed Hemi, and almost as feared, Dodge’s storied 440 SIX PACK was designed to be the industry’s best combination of comfort, streetability and big block performance. Oxygen whips through functional cowl induction to a correctly decaled air cleaner and three original Holleys, which are bolted to a correct Edelbrock intake. At the front of those carbs, a traditional points distributor sequences fire through proven Chrysler Electronic Suppression cables. At the sides of that intake, Hemi Orange valve covers perfectly contrast old school exhaust manifolds. Combustion is provided by forged pistons and high quality hydraulic lifters. Cooling is provided by a heavy duty radiator that’s cinched to pliable hoses via simple squeeze clamps. Power is provided by a tagged MoPar battery. And aesthetically, the buff powerplant, fully rebuilt in 2010, is clean, mean and ready to show.
The chassis specs leave little question as to what this B-body was engineered to do best. Take a step under our lift and you’ll find a tough ol’ drag strip skeleton that’s been over-restored to match both the car’s bright engine bay and shiny exterior panels. The aforementioned RB V8 funnels power to an original A727 TorqueFlite, which hangs a matching partial VIN behind a 2,500 RPM stall converter. That transmission twists a correct Dana 60 axle, which spins a posi-traction differential around 3.54 gears. Below that proven drivetrain, a heavy duty front torsion bar and rear leaf suspension has been completely rebuilt to include a correct sway bar, correct ‘uneven’ leaf springs and correct 11-inch brakes. Above that proven drivetrain, over-restored floors have been layered in glossy Butterscotch 2-stage and dressed with everything from a new stainless fuel tank to fresh stainless fluid lines. Exhaust is handled by free-flowing, 2.5-inch pipes, which jettison cooked dinosaurs through an H-shape crossover and traditional turbo mufflers. And torque meets the pavement through correct ‘H code’ wheels, which spin authentic looking G70-15 Goodyear Custom Wide Tread redlines around Gloss Black paint and chrome lug nuts.
Open this Coronet’s solid doors and sit down where legendary MoPar power melds seamlessly with a no frills, no-nonsense driving environment. At the center of the floor, firm front bucket and rear bench seats sport bright White covers. The car’s restored Charger dash hangs rebuilt factory gauges, including a tic-toc-tachometer, beside a familiar Chrysler Solid State radio. At the bottom of that dash, like-new carpet balances color-keyed floor mats at the sides of a correct console and a correct chrome shifter. At the sides of that carpet, fresh door panels hang new armrests under mirrored trim and color-keyed frames. In front of the driver, a faux wood steering wheel spins satin spokes around a fratzog-branded centerpiece. And behind the passengers, a fully restored trunk is authentic all the way down to its vintage spare tire and yellow decklid decals.
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION
- A book of restoration photos
- A stack of restoration receipts
This A12 Coronet has it all: looks to kill, power that never stops and a fresh restoration that wraps unique tri-tone aesthetics around a roster of rare components. It’s exclusive, valuable, impressive, and when you take one look at its unique features and low production stats, you realize the chance to own a classic this cool is often a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you’re in the market for some solid, investment grade muscle that’s poised to build equity for years to come, this top-notch Dodge is your MoPar superstar!
Report by RK Motors Charlotte