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September 2, 2011

Bee creates buzz

Owner shows off rare 1970 Dodge with more power

JOHNSTOWN — Sixty-four year-old Paul Veney Sr. likes to flex his muscles.

It’s not that the East Taylor Township man is a tower of strength, but his rare 1970 Dodge Hemi Super Bee is one of the most powerful street machines ever conceived by Detroit.

What makes the vehicle so rare is that it’s one of only 21 four-speed Hemi Super Bees ever produced.

Of the 21 assembled, 17 were built in St. Louis and four were built at the Lynchburg, Va., plant.

“I have full documentation on my car, and it is No. 3 of the four built at Lynchburg,” Veney said as he sat in his expansive three-car garage that he built in 2000.

The car was factory-listed at 425 horsepower but that wasn’t a true figure because insurance companies wouldn’t insure cars over 425 horsepower for the street.“I was told by some experts that the true horsepower was around 500,” Veney said.

While Veney wouldn’t divulge what he paid for the muscle car, he said it was significantly less that the appraised value, which exceeds $100,000.

But the price doesn’t matter because he said he “never plans on selling it.”


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