Throughout the muscle car era, there were a lot of special editions and variants of hugely popular models. The Dodge Charger “Rallye Bee” wasn’t one of them. Either you just threw your hands up and said “I knew it!” or you’re very confused, either way, allow me to explain.
This car is the product of an enthusiast’s imagination, according to BarnFinds.com—and it’s a concept that’s been wonderfully executed. With the oil crisis looming, the “Super-Bee” package had been dropped for 1972, and replaced with the “Rallye” package that hardly held a candle to the high performance models of years past. With that in mind, the owner of this car didn’t just restore this 1972 Charger Rallye, they created a model that they felt should have existed at the time. Ask any Mopar fan about the post 1971 lineup of “muscle cars” and they’ll likely agree.
Gone were the high output motors, replaced by moderately more economical variants wheezing out horsepower figures that were hardly impressive. Under the hood of this example, you’ll find a thoroughly cleaned up four barrel 400, good for 225 horsepower, and 0-60 mph runs of 7 seconds with the Torque Flite automatic transmission, which this car happens to have. Underneath lies a 8 3/4 3.91 SureGrip rear axle, and new super stock leaf springs, so keeping the ass end of this thing in line shouldn’t be a problem. The owner also freshened up the brakes at all four corners, and the 15″ Rallye wheels are shod in fresh Cooper rubber.
With a one re-spray, a mostly original interior, and sporting period correct graphics, emblems, and a set of factory “Rallye” gauges, this Charger certainly looks the part. According to the seller, it even had some hardcore Mopar guys scratching their heads at a local show; “It was a blast sitting there hearing guys ponder over the car and asking if it was the real deal. Ha ha, So I think it was pulled off with taste.”
The best part is, it’s up for sale on eBay. Just don’t go attempting to race real deal Super Bees, or other pre-Malaise era muscle cars, as that will only end with embarrassment on your part.