You're not just looking at an ultra-desirable 1956 Chevrolet Bel
Air Hard Top, because for survivor fans, this might just be the
ultimate V8 coupe. A car is only original once, and how often do
you think you'll ever see another Bel Air that has only averaged
about 850 annually for over six decades?!
The Tri-Five Bel Airs are such an in-demand classic that there are
plenty of people who invest in big glossy builds of very faithful
reproductions (you can see a few quite nice examples on our site.)
But this one is going in a very different direction. Instead, it
was born a true '56 Bel Air hardtop, and the only reason why it
lost its luster is because of time. That's right, you're looking at
the factory application from nearly 65 years ago! This two-tone
Matador Red and Dune Beige is the factory application. It gets an
instant well-earned respect because it has a well-earned patina.
And it's not only impressive that this coupe survived untouched for
as long as it did, but also that it remains so complete. The chrome
bumpers still have an attractive shine; the correct wheel covers
are still in place; and the jet-inspired hood ornament still leads
the way. Plus, the '56 had arguably the most distinctive side trim
of the whole Tri-Five era, and so that penetrating spear of white
beige running up the side just seems more impressive knowing it was
created well over half a century ago.
The originality continues inside. Some of the most distinct parts
of this Bel Air look untouched, like the dual cowl dash and the
glass in this pillarless hardtop. Even the factory AM radio is
there for display. It's such an authentic look that this probably
even still has the original spare tire standing up in the in the
trunk. But this time capsule is also comfortable. You have the
elegantly styled white seats with black textured fabric inserts.
And the silver button-top look with silver piping is pure vintage
Under the hood is an exceptionally honest presentation that makes
it hard to believe this is anything but the original powerplant.
The Tri-Fives were the ones to introduce the Chevy small block V8,
and so it's great to have this significant 265 cubic-inch motor
looking so original. The Powerglide automatic transmission is also
believed to be this car's one and only. Plus, the manifolds,
intake, and radiator are all date code correct! The V8 inhales
deeply with the Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and it exhales
out of a newer dual exhaust. After all, not everything can last
forever, and proper pipes and mufflers make sure this survivor
remains a dignified cruiser.
This wears its history with pride, and it's time to write a new
chapter. Call today!!!