Ride Of The Week 09/12/2022: Dave Johnson's 1969 Dodge Super Bee
In my opinion, muscle cars are the coolest. However, this 1969 Super Bee has a great back story that ups its cool factor 10-fold! It was featured on TV.
I met Dave Johnson and his son, Devin, at the Syracuse Cavalcade of Cars back in March. When I saw the Graveyard Cars plate on the front, I had to know if this car had been touched by Mark Worman and his Ghouls in Oregon. Sure enough, it was restored and featured on the show in the episode 8 of season 13 entitled: "This Story Will BEE Epic".
The car was purchased April 20, 1969. The original owner didn't have it very long as it "scared the shit out of him." So he traded it at a Chevy dealer for a new Camaro. Dave's dad, also Dave, bought the car in 1970 while he was in high school.
Dave Sr. drag raced the car throughout the 1970s until a run-in with the guard rail at the track made him park the car. It ended up sitting for years with the intent that they would do the body work together and repaint the F6 Bright Green finish. However, it was not to be.
The elder Dave Johnson passed away in 2011. Dave looked into local shops to try to restore the Super Bee in Syracuse, but an issue of Mopar Collectors Guide turned him on to the new TV Show on Discovery, Graveyard Cars.
"Just on a whim, I'm gonna email these guys. And 24 hours later, I was at work and I got a call, and it was Mark Worman." Dave had the car shipped from Syracuse, NY to Springfield, Oregon and thus began an 8-year restoration process of this highly original car. It was completed in the November of 2020. As you can see by the pictures it shows really well.
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