1956 Chevy Bel Air Frame-off Restoration
This Bel Air was treated to a frame-off restoration prior to the current owner’s purchase of the vehicle in 2012 and it shows. The car is as clean as a pin and drives better than new with front disc brakes and air conditioning.
If it was needed to make this car correct, it was done.
They don’t get any Nicer!
• Paint and Chrome
The Pinecrest Green and India Ivory paint—the original colors for the car—are in excellent condition and are among the most popular of the ’56 Chevy’s paint combinations. The paint gleams in a way that the original finish never did.
The chrome was all redone or replaced except for some smaller trim pieces, which only have minor signs of pitting.
The body and underside of the car are free of rust and it is clear from the condition of the underside that this car has travelled few miles since it was the subject of a full restoration (see pictures).
The seat upholstery was all redone in period-correct charcoal and ivory fabric that makes an excellent contrast with the green and ivory exterior. The door panels are in excellent condition. The new carpet is a matching black.
The car’s 265 cubic inch V-8 sits nestled in a detailed engine bay. This is the 4 bbl, version of the 265, and it starts and runs as it first did when the car was built. A couple of upgrades were added: a high-amp alternator instead of a generator and an aluminum radiator for better cooling, particularly with the a/c unit.
The automatic transmission shifts properly, executing upshifts and downshifts as it were new.
• Air conditioning
A nice feature of this Bel Air is that it is air conditioned—a feature that will be appreciated on those hot and humid summer days.
• Tires, Brakes, Safety and Monitoring Systems
This Bel Air has 5 B.F. Goodrich Silvertown 7.10-15 bias ply tires mounted on freshly painted steel wheels. The spare has never been on the ground!
The car benefits from a dual-line power front disc brake upgrade, enabling the Bel Air to more easily stop with modern cars and current driving conditions.
Almost all of the engine/systems monitoring gauges (temperature and oil pressure) work properly—the amp light and fuel gauge will need attention. Similarly, the speedometer works, as do the lights, horn, and turn signals. The key to unlock the driver’s door is not working although the passenger door lock works fine—it may be a simple lubrication issue. Radio is a more modern version and it works fine—the clock, however, is still stuck in 1956.
An Excellent Example of one of the Very Popular “Tri-Fives”
This Chevy is a fully-restored—and unmolested—example of the very popular 1956 Bel Air series. These cars are highly in demand and therefore represent not just a great driving experience but a sound investment as well. And if there was ever a car that transports you back to the ‘50s, this is it. And remember: you can’t take your CDs or stocks/bonds for a weekend drive or to a car show. Apart from the investment value of this car, it is hard to put a price on the feeling of enjoyment when other drivers and pedestrians wave and give you a “thumbs up.”
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