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   Lydia McConnell EL5 - 383, 4spd

Okay, here's the history of how I got the Bee.

We had gone to Englishtown NJ to buy a mopar. I saw a clone 69 4spd Superbee that we wanted and 'thought' we worked out a deal with the seller. We drove 3 hours with the cash to pick it up. and when we called him from a gas station up there, he said he sold it to someone who offered more. What a sleazebag!

Anyway, I was bound and determined to get a Mopar. We found a 70 plum crazy RT/SE challenger (JS29U0B) and bought it on the spot. The only problem was that it was an automatic. We brought it to Carlisle to sell and while it was in the car corral, I saw a vendor with a 69 Coronet R/T and the Superbee for sale. I ran back and got my hubby and told him that I found the car that I wanted. He came with me and said what an awesome car it was.. the only problem was that he was talking about the Coronet! I said NOT that car.. I want the Bee. All I got was an Eeeewwww! (His taste did vastly improve over the last 20 years with the Bee, even though he's an E-body man at heart.)

I literally talked the owner's ear off for two days. All I wanted to do was an even swap and he couldn't believe that I didn't want money too. Finally on Sunday at 3:00 PM, he agreed to the even swap. On the way home, it started to rain and the wiper blew off. Then we stopped to eat and the key wouldn't unlock the door. Thank goodness for hangars!

The car has a date correct 383. It's a 4 speed with A/C. It was ordered with a luggage rack which I still have, an a bench seat which I don't.

It was repainted 3 years ago by Frank DeBoer who has the 71 440-6pack 4spd gorgeous Red Bee. Mannn, what a job he did!

My car has been in High Performance Mopar mag in the "Killer Bees" article. It has also been on "My Classic Car" with Dennis Gage. That's another funny story of how I got tricked into the interview.

Galen Govier has documented the Bee and according to the letter I received from him, it's a one of one (1 of 1) that he has on record of a Bee with the color combo, engine, 4spd, and A/C.

Lydia

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