• Handsomely presented ’56 Chevy Bel Air Convertible
• Distinctive color combination and two-tone upholstery
• Striking brightwork and iconic Harley Earl-era styling
• Upgraded dual-circuit power brakes for driving ease
• Ready to drive and enjoy
283 cid small-block V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 115"
While some classic-car enthusiasts prefer the subtlety of the 1955 Chevrolet and others favor the more flamboyantly styled 1957 models, many appreciate the styling of the 1956 line as a perfect balance of the two extremes. Subtle changes to Chevrolet’s body design for 1956 gave it a lighter appearance, while a growing list of available powertrain options proved that these cars were much more than rolling sculptures. Thanks to the lower weight of their small-block V-8 engines, which were in fact lighter than the old “Stovebolt Six” and provided a higher power-to-weight ratio, the V-8 powered 1956 models were rightly advertised in Chevrolet advertisements as the “Hot Ones.”
Chevrolet reached number one in America’s new-car sales rankings for 1956 and the top-level Bel Air trim was a major reason for this stunning success over archrival Ford. In addition to their winning Motorama-influenced “dream car” body designs, the Bel Air brought effective bright bodyside trim, wonderful two-tone paint finishes, richly appointed interiors and upholstery patterns, and a growing list of standard and optional features and amenities. Predictably, all of these virtues have ensured the place of the ’56 Chevy in car culture ever since it was sold new.
This top-of-the-line 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible is a highly attractive example throughout and remains true to its Cowl Tag data including the striking Code 696 Crocus Yellow and Onyx Black two-tone paint finish over Code 604 Yellow Vinyl with Charcoal Gray Patterned Vinyl upholstery. Exterior accents include a well-fitted black convertible top and very nice brightwork including an optional front grille guard and rear bumper guards, bright front gravel guards, and rear fender skirts. An AM radio and dash-mounted clock round out the highly correct interior. Power is delivered by a 283 cubic-inch small-block V-8 engine, breathing through dual exhaust pipes and mated to a column-shifted three-speed manual transmission with desirable overdrive. While otherwise stock, this Bel Air does have the welcome addition of a modern, upgraded dual-circuit braking system with power assist and a proportioning block for worry-free driving enjoyment. The engine and underhood area are stock and highly correct with proper finishes and components in place, including the original oil-bath air cleaner assembly. Riding on a set of period style whitewall tires and steel wheels with wire-basket wheel covers, this high-quality 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible is ready to drive and enjoy.
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
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