The Super Bee was essentially a high-performance version of the Dodge Coronet. In 1968, the ‘Bee came standard with a 383 cid V8 or the legendary monster 426 cid Hemi. But halfway through the 1969 model year, Dodge made the 440 cid Six-Pack (three, two barrel carburetors) available. Known internally as option code A12, it wore a matte-black, lift-off fiberglass hood with a massive forward-facing scoop. The A12 Super Bee produced 390 hp and a ridiculously potent 490 lb-ft of torque. And that happened to be same torque spec as the Hemi. So, you received nearly the same thrust, in a more streetable package at a lower price, too.
Little Known Fact: The Six-Pack-equipped A12 Super Bees went through final-assembly by an outside vendor called Creative Industries in Detroit. The first 100 were built as 383 Coronets at the Chrysler Assembly Plant and then shipped to Creative for 440 Six Pack engine installation along with some of the A12-specific features. And those first 100 of these big block engines were equipped with an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifolds. After this engine received regular production status they were fitted at the plant with Chrysler-cast aluminum intakes.