Old School Drag Racing – 1970 GTO Judge vs. 1969 Dodge Super Bee

September 14th, 2021

Here come the judge. This video documents a drag race between two bone stock classic muscle cars. Both these cars – with their selected options – were relatively rare. The Pontiac is 1/627 and the Dodge is 1/661. Shall we have a closer look at these vintage steeds?

The 1969.5 Dodge Super Bee A12 was equipped with a 440 cubic-inch motor fed by a trio of 2-barrel carbs. Maximum output was modestly rated at 390HP and 490 lb.-ft. of torque. The massive V8 is mated to a 3-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission and the final drive gears in the rear end have a ratio of 4.10:1. Curb weight for the Super Bee is 3,580-pounds and it can clear the quarter-mile in 13.56-seconds @ 105 mph (according to Hot Rod Magazine circa 1970).

Outfitted with a 400 cubic-inch Ram Air IV V8 engine the 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge was capable of producing 370HP and 445 lb.-ft. of torque. Unlike the Mopar, the Judge motor was mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. In the rear end, 3.90:1 gears were standard, but 4.33:1 gears were available as an optional upgrade. Tipping the scale at 3,781-pounds, the GTO could turn the quarter-mile in 13.87-seconds @ 103.42 mph (per Motor Trend Magazine).

So, let’s get these two timeless classics on the track for some fun.

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