Chevrolet spent an astounding $40 million to restyle and reengineer
its line for 1956. After advertising the innovative 1955 Chevrolet
as "The Hot One," the division claimed the '56 models were even
hotter, and buyers agreed. The earlier model's squarish,
conservative features gave way to flowing lines emphasized by
arching body-side moldings and recontoured wheel well openings. A
full-width front grille with integrated turn signals and generous
chrome made for a wider look, and two-tone paint schemes added more
of the glamour and flash demanded by the motoring public. The
product of a frame-off restoration to original condition completed
in 2014 with just test mileage since its completion, this 1956 Bel
Air convertible shows caring attention to authenticity and detail.
This extends to such features as correct Red Oxide undercarriage
paint, date-coded EZ-Eye glass and powder-coating the frame for
durability. The car retains its entire original drivetrain,
including the Power Pack 265/205hp small-block V8 engine and
Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission. Finished in two-tone
Sierra Gold and Adobe Beige base coat/clear coat with a matching
interior, it is generously equipped with power steering and brakes,
a power convertible top and top boot cover, dealer-installed
factory air conditioning, front and rear bumper guards, wide
whitewall tires, full-size wheel covers and the original AM radio.
From the Raser Collection.
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