An awesome shine, a supple leather interior, cold-blowing A/C, an
overdrive transmission, and an exceptionally strong V8... these are
the things to expect from a build with only about 500 miles on it
in total. So when this kind of total investment has been made on an
icon like this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Hard Top, you realize it's a
true stunner over every inch (even the undercarriage.)
It's particularly nice to come across a '56 Bel Air coupe. It has
the awesome pillarless hardtop profile that unites it with its
Tri-Five siblings, but these also had the right sense of style all
their own. So it's great to see a car with all the right
investments to really highlight this flair. The two-tone is
Burgundy Red Metallic and Pearl White Metallic so you know it was
made to radiate in the sunshine. The consignor claims this was
given a complete frame-off restoration five years ago. So not only
does the paint look beautiful, but the panels have a terrific fit,
too. The high contrast colors are especially noticeable on the '56
Bel Air's exclusive trim theme that has the white streak sweeping
up the side and through the doorline like an unbroken line. In
fact, the trim looks like new, so it's like a sharp spear piercing
its way through the deep red. All the other brightwork shines
brilliantly, too, inducing classic pieces like the year-specific
grille, jet-inspired hood ornament, and wraparound chrome bumpers.
And those modern 18-inch alloys fit in with the overall shine of
the car while also announcing it's built to be a modern and custom
The restoration of the metal may have been a short time ago, but
the interior is even younger. According to the consignor, this is
fresh leather-lined luxury that was done only two years ago. They
took the time to give you thoughtful vintage details, like the
split bench seat and correct rubber mats, but the plushness here is
the kind of comfy that they could never give you in the 1950s.
Everything here is thoughtfully placed to make this integrated an
upgrade. For example, the newer air conditioning controls are where
the old heater sliders were, and the vents are included in the
dash. The radio has a classic AM/FM look, but there's an aux input
under the dash for your iPod. The steering wheel is a Bel Air unit.
But from 1958 and it's on a tilt column, to give you a hint of
upgrades. And while the digital gauges are pure modern, it's a
fully upgraded package (including the clock) and it all glows red
to coordinate with the car.
The engine bay has the smooth inner walls, polished components, and
overall tidy look of a freshly upgraded machine. The Tri-Fives
introduced the Chevy small block V8s but this one goes further than
stock. It's a 350 cubic-inch motor upgraded with a Holley
four-barrel carburetor and Edelbrock Performer intake. It has the
right supporting feature, including a March billet pulley system,
Griffin aluminum radiator, and temperature controlled dual electric
fans. It's a solid overall setup that really loves to run strong.
So it's great to see it paired with a four-speed automatic
transmission w/overdrive that's great for journeys near or far.
Power steering, power brakes, front discs, and the grip of modern
sport tires are all part of this elevated driving experience.
When you love to drive and show off your classics (and fill the
trunk with awards) it's going to be hard to find something better
than this fully restored Bel Air. Call today!!!