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   Peter Morthen - GY3 Citron Yella 383, Auto

Peter Morthen

This is my second í71 Superbee, having first owned a B5 blue Bee a few years back now.

After selling the Blue one, I got into bikes but eventually found myself looking for another Mopar. Wasnít sure what to get, and almost bought a Challenger, but I have always liked the look of the 3rd Gen Chargers, and when this particular Bee in Citron Yella became available, it was hard to knock back.

It came from San Diego, but I bought it locally from a bloke who imported it but had to sell. Itís completely numbers matching Ė VIN tag, door VIN decal, engine number, body numbers, transmission....everything. I was a bit dubious about getting it at first because weíd just gotten the mortgage down and here I was blowing a portion on another car. Iíve always been a Mopar man Ė mainly with Aussie Valiants and Chargers. I owned a 62 Valiant for 27 years before finally parting with it 2 years ago.

Whilst the previous owner has lowered the rear and put enormous tyres on the back, itís actually pretty standard. The only mods I can see are (aside from rear wheels), Dougs headers, new twin exhaust and a 750 Holley. Of course the valve covers and air cleaner are different, but I have the original twin snorkel in the shed. The interior is very tidy and I only have to change the front seat skins to the original design. The original radio works, although Iíve bolted a modern stereo under the dash (so my teenage daughter will come in the car with me). Under the dash hasnít been butchered as most usually are, and thereís only a couple of small areas affected by any type of rust, and Iím not really worried about them at the moment.

It drives beautiful. The engine is great and sounds magic. When I got the car I completely rebuilt the front end and put brand new brakes and likes throughout Ė I just need to replace the booster with a neater looking one. The power steer has been fully rebuilt and the Sure Grip diff drives fine. The trunk area is very solid and aside from a respray sometime in the past, itís pretty authentic. The car came with some receipts and even the build sheet which is in surprisingly good condition. Truth be known it was my wife and kids who talked me into buying the car Ė my wife loves the colour and the kids are just happy we have a cool looking U.S muscle car.

For me, aside from the fact I love the shape, Iím just really happy at how well it runs. Starts great, idles well and on the road just powers along nicely. Iíd forgotten how thirsty they can be though, and a recent 6 hour trip to a huge Mopar show we have down here soon shook me back to reality when it came to fuel consumption......but thatís part of the fun, isnít it ?

Anyway, enjoy the pictures, and please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Identifying My Bee

Regards,

Peter

Sydney, Australia

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