Most car enthusiasts know that some of the most rare cars in the world were special ordered with very specific requests and that hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent to make them that way. The cars that were factory-made, but still incredibly rare, get casted in the shadows because they are considered not as glamorous and sold for less money. This article wants to commend these rare, factory-built vehicles and bring them out into the spotlight they deserve.
The 1970 Dodge Super Bee 426 Hemi Fastback is the first rare vehicle we will look at today. With only 4 ever produced (all manual) with the 426 Hemi engine, the car could produce 425hp at 5000rpm and rip from 0 to 60mph in 5.3 seconds. All of the Super Bee’s in 1970 were given an extreme new nose design to go with Dodge’s new motto that their cars had to be “new and radical”. Dodge also added new colors like Plum Crazy (which was the most popular color) and Panther Pink (which was the least popular). Dodge also offered the vehicles at a lower base price of $3,074, but the majority of the public found these changes to be a bit too much for them, and sales for this vehicle year dropped “radically.”
One hundred and fifty-two 1970 Plymouth Road Runners 426 Hemi’s were built, but only three of them were in the convertible style (1 manual, 2 automatic). In all of the ’70 Road Runners, new standard options were added like a new grille, leather seats, front fenders, quarter panels and single-piston Kelsey-Hayes disc brakes. When adding the Hemi engine options, the cost increased by $715, but also included the Air Grabber hood that could be controlled by a button from under the dash and went from solid to hydraulic lifters. This particular model produced 425hp at 5000rpm and went from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds.
The 1969 Chevrolet Corvette ZL-1 427 2D Coupe was originally ordered as a company car for a corvette plant resident engineer from St. Louis. It ended up being one of only 3 of these type of vehicles ever produced. This vehicle boasted a L88 special turbo jet 427 V8 engine, F41 special purpose suspension, a ZL-1 aluminum cylinder block and a heavy duty transmission and brake system. This seemed to be GM’s last big stand against emission controls on economy cars, as it produced 500hp. The ZL-1 style added over $3,000 to the price tag, which gave the vehicle an astounding total of $10,771.
The 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 Convertible was special because while 296 vehicles were made in the convertible style, only two of them had the 426 Hemi engine, which cost $718 more than other engines. During this year, the Coronet model received all new front sheet metal, a smooth, split grille, a bumble bee stripe along the rear and dummy rear fender scoops. The 426 Hemi engine could put out 425bhp/5,000rpm and could roar from 0-60mph in around 6 seconds. Due to low sales of the convertible styles in all of the Coronets, 1970 became the last year the convertible style was used for the Coronet.
Two hundred and thirty-eight 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 Hemi’s were produced, but only two of them were in the convertible style (one automatic and one manual). During this model year, Dodge started offering the R/T (Road and Track) versions of the Coronet. They also gave the model a facelift for both the front and rear by giving it simulated air vents, a Charger like grille, and racing stripes. Bucket seats also became an option, though this year did not offer retractable headlights like the Charger offered. This vehicle sold for $3895 ($3438 base + $457 Hemi engine).