This 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop sedan has a great two-tone
appearance, a period-correct V8, all the right paperwork, and one
of the coolest profiles going. So when something this distinct is
also so affordable, then it's a deal worth digging into deeper.
The '56 Chevy has remained the enduring motoring icon because of how well it represented what we wanted in the '50s - daring colors, plenty of chrome, and rocket-inspired designs - and this one does it best. First of all, it's a hardtop sedan, so that pillarless hardtop profile is longer than even on the coupes. And the two-tone is awesome. The Sierra Copper and Calypso Cream are period-correct that really know how to attract attention thanks to a quality re-spray. And the way the Bel Air line has that harpoon of color running the full profile is an exclusive touch for this year that no factory would ever dare try again. And speaking of exclusive to '56, the grille is a great piece. Larger than '55 and sleeker than '57, you can easily recognize this model from a long way away. Plus, with the trim, bumpers, wheel covers, and all the emblems complete, this is total package that is worth its weight in exclusive brightwork. And the details like the hood ornament and taillights are great finishing touches to remind us that this Chevy was at the dawn of the jet age.
The copper and cream theme continues on the inside. This is the factory-correct color combo, and its level of completeness is amazing. So you know there was a ton spent on a total restoration. You get plenty of bright trim, door panels that mimic the exterior style line, and an artful steering wheel. The dash has a great metallic finish, and even the dome light works! So this makes for a fantastic classic to share family and friends. In fact, there are a few tasteful upgrades, like the retro-style AM/FM radio and cleanly installed auxiliary gauge trio, to really make this a great cruiser.
Part of what makes these cars a legend is that the Tri-Fives were the ones to introduce the Chevy small block V8. So you'll be happy to lift the hood and see a red 265 cubic-inch V8 boldly radiating from within the dark engine bay. More than just look correct with the cursive valve covers and huge factory oil bath air cleaner on top, this era-correct motor is could possibly be original to the car. You also get nice performance with the motor bored .30 over and a four-barrel carburetor on top. In fact, with the Powerglide automatic transmission and power brakes, this is a fantastic cruiser.
The sale comes with a ton of paperwork, including the original dealer invoice, title documentation, owner's manual, maintenance records, and build receipts. This is the distinct and restored Bel Air hardtop that's priced to move. So don't admire too long or this might be gone. Call today!!!
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