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For Sale: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air in Charlotte, North Carolina


Vehicle Description

All you have to do is take one look at our Sold Inventory page to confirm that tri-five Chevys are some of the most popular and in-demand collector cars on the planet. Factory-correct tri-fives, especially '57 convertibles, tend to leave our RK Motors Charlotte showroom almost as fast as they arrive. And if you want a chrome-laden showboat that's great for garage parties and Saturday afternoon parking lots, a car like that is all well and good. But what about enthusiasts who demand more? Combining a roster of choice mods with one of the best automotive designs ever produced, this 998-point Bel Air is a top-notch resto-mod that puts a fresh spin on an old favorite. Best of all, you can have all this old school MoTown swagger AND upgraded mechanicals for significantly less than the cost of one of those restored-to-original concours convertibles!


Wearing timeless Chevrolet lines that are draped in a tasteful combination of Metallic Silver and Metallic Charcoal Sikkens, this fully sorted Bel Air has spent almost 40 years in the care of one meticulous enthusiast. Those decades began circa 1983 when the car, always a solid driver, was purchased as a rust-free west coast gem. Over the years, the enthusiast, who eventually became an appraiser and tri-five Senior Master Judge, followed steady mechanical upgrades with a ground-up, nut-and-bolt restoration. And today, this slick resto-mod is right at home turning heads on the road OR logging points at the show!

Not surprisingly, this Chevy's dynamic pigment creates a fabulous foundation for a select array of stylistic add-ons. At the front of the car, a guarded bumper frames a polished grille, bowtie-branded parking lamps and traditional, stainless-trimmed headlights. At the top of that grille, a Chevrolet-branded hood teases trick flames between a short antenna, polished RainGear wipers and a polished Jet Bird. Those blades clear tinted glass, which rides behind polished mirrors, traditional door handles and polished frames. At the base of that glass, a silky profile centers requisite Speed Spears between classy "Bel Air" quarter scripts and more sick flames. And at the back of the car, a second guarded bumper splits the difference between a crisp trunk crest and 1956-exclusive taillights.


Check this sedan's massaged engine bay and you'll find 383 cubic inches of hot GM Performance Parts stroker that creates a solid 425 horsepower right out of the box! At the top of the mighty mill, a polished K&N air filter funnels wind through not one, but two coated Edelbrock carburetors. Those 4-barrels feed a polished Edelbrock intake, which floats between aluminum GM Fast Burn heads. Those heads tilt chromed valve covers between chromed breathers and a requisite hydraulic roller cam. A forged 4340 crank, powdered connecting rods and hypereutectic pistons create stout compression. Reliable MSD ignition sparks choice Mallory Pro Wires. The buff engine funnels spent gases through coated, long-tube headers. There's a polished Griffin radiator that's slid between a polished fluid reservoir and a spry SPAL puller fan. A polished Vintage Air Front Runner serpentine drive spins a polished alternator opposite a polished AC compressor. And polished hood supports join trick dipsticks, stainless fluid lines and a quality Lokar throttle linkage to detail otherwise purpose-built performance.


Not surprisingly, the bottom of this award-winning tri-five continues the theme of pairing proven hardware with enhanced technology. Behind the stroked small block, a smooth shifting Turbo-Hydramatic 200 4-speed, dressed in a deep Hughes pan, sends thrust to a proven Ford 9-inch that's equipped with easy, 3.00 gears. That driveline hangs in an Art Morrison GT-Sport chassis that, in addition to being fitted with beefy sway bars, chromed control arms and adjustable Strange coil-overs, has been professionally powder-coated to match the car's body. Turns come courtesy of AGR power rack-and-pinion steering. Speed gets scrubbed by four polished calipers, which bridge the gap between a Wilwood proportioning valve, a polished SSBC master cylinder and four drilled and slotted rotors. 2.5-inch Jet Hot-coated pipes funnel spent gases through deep Xlerator mufflers. All that reliable hardware rolls on polished Billet Specialties Vintecs, which spin 235/45ZR17 Continental ExtremeContact Sports in front of 255/45ZR17 Continental ExtremeContact Sports. And quality details like a polished driveshaft and a polished stainless fuel tank ensure this classic bowtie is ready for years of carefree cruising.


Inside this Chevy, two-tone English Leather is the central theme of a custom cockpit that was built for both style and comfort. Broad bench seats ride custom wool carpet that's a great contrast to billet foot pedals. Sculpted side panels seat billet handles in front of modern power windows. At the front of the cockpit, a pinstriped dash hangs a polished billet fa�ade between custom telemetry and cool Vintage Air climate control. American Autowire Factory Fit wiring juices a Custom Autosound head unit that's sequenced to a 10-disc CD changer. The driver stays connected through a stylish Lecarra steering wheel, which spins a leather-wrapped rim around a tilting Flaming River column. And the passengers carry their essentials in a custom-upholstered trunk.

What started out as America's first low-priced hardtop has now become a legend. And today, the tri-five Chevy is one of the most exclusive and highly-sought collector cars of all time. If you've been searching for a top-notch Bel Air custom that's as much fun to drive as it is to show, this cool sedan's attractive combination of great performance and classic style simply can't be beat!


National award winning Bel Air resto-mod that's the product of a detailed, ground-up build

Ranked in 30 out of 32 national shows attended

GM Performance Parts ZZ383 V8 with Edelbrock dual-quad induction

GM Turbo-Hydramatic 200 4-speed automatic transmission

Ford 9-inch rear axle with 3.00 gears

Modern air conditioning

AGR power rack-and-pinion steering

4-wheel power disc brakes

Art Morrison GT-Sport chassis

Custom leather interior with modern audio

Sikkens Metallic Silver and Metallic Charcoal paint with subtle flames

18-inch Billet Specialties Vintec wheels

Build specs and service records

All RK Motors vehicles receive a comprehensive, multi-point inspection

We can arrange shipment of your purchase anywhere in the world

Vehicle Details

  • 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • Listing ID:CC-1388863
  • Price:$99,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Bel Air
  • Exterior Color:Charcoal Gray
  • Interior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:13972
  • Stock Number:136790
  • VIN:C56L074148