The 1956 Chevrolet Corvette is a true favorite among fans because
it has the best of everything. This is when the V8 power and first
generation styling really came together in one of the coolest
packages around. And so it's great to have an example that loves to
showcase the best of it all while also upgrading the driver
The '56 model year was the first restyle of the first generation.
It was about making a more powerful looking car to go with the true
muscle in the engine bay. That means power bulges in the hood,
rounded fender lines, and a subtler hint of tailfin. And like any
good 1950s machine there was plenty of brightwork. Everything from
the intricate toothy grille to the rear split bumpers with
integrated exhaust is all in place. The now-iconic side coves were
first to debut this year, and so this one showcases them in one of
the best ways possible. The gray inserts complement the Polo White
paint while still contrasting enough to get noticed. And the white
folding top and whitewall tires really give this whole package a
very vintage and distinctive style. The car leaves you with an
overall impression of a well-respected first-gen Vette that's also
one you won't hesitate to take on the road. And as you dig a little
deeper, you can understand just how much of a driver's classic this
If you thought the outside color was striking, just wait until you
open the door. Red interiors always look amazing on sports cars.
Plus, this one has an original-style presentation, right down the
bucket seat pattern that matches the door inserts. The steering
wheel looks awesome in red, too, and its ridges have that great
thin/grippy feel that only came on the right cars of this era. Even
the trunk has a bold red matting! There's a healthy dose of stylish
brightwork all around the car, but your favorite pieces might just
be on the cranks on the doors. After all, the '56 car was the debut
for roll-up windows. And when combined with the newer convertible
top, this one buttons up well enough to make sure you don't get
nervous when you spot a cloud in the sky.
When you first look under the hood, the large polished air topper
and finned valve covers give this the right vintage appearance. But
a closer look reveals a very nice upgrade. These C1s are famous for
small block power, but that maxed out at 265ci in '56. This one has
a larger 350 cubic-inch V8, and the upgrades don't stop there. It
has an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor, and hi-rise intake. That
makes for a stronger and more powerful machine. Best of all, you
have complete control of the enhanced power and rumbling soundtrack
thanks to the smooth-shifting four-speed manual transmission.
There's even upgraded front disc brakes for added stopping
Bold looks and the right upgrades deliver added distinction to an
already distinctive year for the C1. So you know this is the
Corvette convertible you want to get your hands on. Call
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