You sure know the 1969 1/2 Super Bee and the Plymouth Road Runner, equipped with the 440 Six Pack. These were the first production cars to feature an all-fiberglass, lift-off hood. “The Six Pack 440 was introduced as a midyear option, and with it came the mandatory addition of the Super Track Pack and its 4.10:1 gears in the Dana 60 rear, either the A-727 automatic or 833 manual transmission, and no wheel covers on the black-painted (regardless of body color) steel wheels with chrome lug nuts. Models ordered as such are commonly referred to as “A12” cars, for the option code, and are a rare find, with only 1,907 Super Bees (and 1,412 Road Runners) built, 29 of which were exported to Canada (and 21 Road Runners). Disc brakes, wheel covers, cruise control, and air conditioning were not available for your 440 Six Pack Super Bee, making the cars true performance beasts from the get-go.” says Brian Stupski.
The innovative fiberglass hood mentioned earlier, finished in non-reflective “Organosol” black paint, the hinge-less, scooped hood was held in place by four chrome bezel-equipped pins, and had an open fresh air scoop. The idea was to make cars even lighter, but the driver had no way to shut out the weather from the air cleaner element. That wide-mouthed scoop was open for business at all hours, in all weather, and ordering a three-speed windshield wipers was considered as a partial victory…. Read more!
Another interesting thing is that the A12 cars (which were built at the Lynch Road Assembly Plant) all showed an engine sales code of E-63, which denotes a 383 4-barrel… and the 440 Six Pack engine was provided by the Trenton engine plant. And just for your information, the VIN contains the letter “M” in the fifth digit to signify a special-order V-8 engine, versus the “H” that a 383 high-performance model would carry.
It’s hard to find these desirable cars, but usually they are very-well documented, and finding a numbers-matching example is a rarity, considering that these were purpose-built, drag race–ready cars. You can look for some of them, featured on Muscle Cars World.