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The Vision X Super Bee

The Super Bee Flies Again

Dodge produced the Super Bee for a few years back in the late sixties, and has also incorporated the name into some of their recent models. At the time, it was an answer to the American Muscle craze that was taking the country by storm; there was high demand for a fast and affordable muscle car, and Dodge planned on giving the people what they wanted. The brain behind this particular rebuild is Joe Biro, and he wanted nothing more than for the project to tap into that era of American Muscle.

Mr. Biro is well-acquainted with the automotive industry; he is the VP and founder of Vision X USA. The automotive lighting company out of Auburn, Washington played a large role in the rebuild, but credit for the grunt work goes to Rob Lelakowski. His automotive shop is located in Buckeye, Arizona, and he was more than happy to take on the project, which had been rejected by 3 shops prior because of the rough shape of the body.

A traditional Coronet body was used for the exterior of the car but was in rough shape before being soda-blasted down to spec. Chrome accents add a bit of flare, but altogether it looks like a new Bee straight off the line. Once you open the hood though, it’s a totally different story. Most was kept stock, but some modern conversions were made, including new disc brake conversions up front, new suspension all around, and some engine modifications.

The interior features custom lighting from Vision X USA (of course), a traditional white vinyl bench seat, and new LED gauges from Vision X as well. As if the new lights and gauges didn’t give it enough personality already, the perfectly matched interior is further modernized by a new sound system. The custom interior and traditional exterior are the yin-yang combo that makes this Super Bee rebuild so appealing.

15-inch wheels help the Bee fly, and behind those, a Flowmaster exhaust pumps out sound from the stock manifolds back. While the suspension looks stock, it does have upgrades that give it a smooth ride and classic look. A 4-speed manual transmission helps keep a more original driving experience, and a new driveshaft lends itself to that fresh-off-the-lot feeling most rebuilds like this strive for. However, once you get on it, you’ll find the motor packs a much heavier punch than the original, thanks to some ingenious engineering. With new shoes, suspension, and driveshaft, this Super Bee is as sweet as honey.

Creating the Vision X Super Bee was a difficult task. The soda-blasted core was taken down to the bare metal and every single part was perfected before reassembly. When you care about a project as much as this, the effort will always pay off. Luckily for Joe Biro, the end results are all the buzz.

 

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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