A numbers matching, documented, true black-on-black 1968 Dodge Super Bee 426 Hemi, this car is known around the nation as “The Black Bandit.” More than deserving of the name than simply being an intimidating 426 monster on the street, this is a Super Bee with a criminal past!
Attached to the provenance of this 1 of 125 Super Bees sold new in 1968 with the 426 Hemi, and 1 of 93 optioned with the Torqueflight automatic transmission, is the unusual history of its owners… legal owners that is. The story goes like this: Ordered new by a gentleman in Shreveport, Louisiana, a notable point in itself because at the time, Louisiana was typically home to folks driving pickup trucks and luggage rack equipped sedans – which may be a prime reason, from day one, this black beauty attracted everyone’s attention.
As it turned out, the original owner did not have much time to enjoy this specially ordered stinger. Shortly after bringing it home, the car was stolen by a person of low morals… and impeccable taste! The Super Bee remained local but at large for some time. It was the subject of a few high-speed chases and, unsurprisingly, the police were never able to keep up with the criminal Bee. Eventually, the low moral, high taste scoundrel was brought to Buford T. Justice and the now “Black Bandit” was returned to its rightful owner.
Criminal life had not done much good for the car cosmetically and even worse mechanically. Disenchanted with the whole ordeal, the original owner sold the stinger, and it began a long journey through a bunch of new owners before winding up in Texarkana, Texas. Now completely worn out with 48,000 miles on the odometer, the new owner and Mopar fanatic Bill Sams began a much-needed restoration. As with most restorations, time and energy can get the best of any enthusiast, which was the case with Sams. Enter Bill’s good friend, Denny Guest, of Chicago Heights, Illinois. Denny is one of the highest caliber Mopar enthusiasts around. When he found out about this unusual car, he decided it would make a fine addition to his fleet of a dozen of the finest Mopars in the world. A price was agreed to and the southern stinger was sent north.
It took a full year to straighten out the body and collect all the correct parts, plus an additional year to complete the 100% ground up, full restoration. This Super Bee is a study in simplicity with the only options being the 426 Hemi motor, Torqueflite automatic transmission, AM radio with rear speaker, right-hand mirror, wood grain steering wheels, tach/clock, and stripe delete which leaves the “Super Bee” decal floating all by its lonesome on the rear quarters. When complete, the Black Bandit rolled out into the crisp Chicago air looking better than the day it rolled off the factory line in 1968. The current owner bought the car from Denny, and it has been in climate controlled storage ever since.