For Sale: 1956 Chevrolet Corvette in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1956 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

The 1956 C1 Corvette represented the first major redesign of the original body style. The new sports car, the 1956 Corvette, received a new redesign with the cove inserts and smoother exterior lines. This first-generation Corvette now offered buyers outside door handles, roll-up windows in place of the rudimentary side curtains, and adjustable passenger seating. Options expanded to include power steering and a removable auxiliary hardtop that was virtually waterproof. The total production was 3,467 convertibles.

For consignment, a C1 corvette from 1956 representing the first major redesign since its inception. This example needs some TLC on the exterior fiberglass and interior has a distinct odor that is hard to avoid when getting inside. The drivetrain is not numbers matching, and there are several frowns on the drive-ability. With only 3,467 examples though it is worth the investment to bring it back to snuff, as it is somewhat rare to see these early 'Vette.

Gone are the rear fins in exchange for a smoother rear design. The cove makes its debut, and the front grille has shades of a Ferrari with vertical chromed ribs and a horizontal bar stretching inside an elongated oval. 2 small wrap-around bumpers and a central "push-bar" bumper are on, and round headlighting tops the front of the quarters. A wrap-around windshield and a white convertible top are on, and this leads to the curved downward rear where tail lighting is on the rounded rear quarter edges. The rear quarters form an oval at their ends, and shiny exhaust tips are within curved vertical trim bumpers. A center split bumper is on the rear roll pan and frames the license plate. The white exterior fiberglass has plenty of cracking and crazing, chips and body filler throughout. Inner fenders and passenger firewall have lots of tiger hair fiberglass repair, suggesting that this car had been hit at some point in its history. Blackwall tires, from 11th week of 2002, and black steel wheels have a shiny central hub cap on all 4 corners. The canvas top is in good condition and operates as a power top.

Red vinyl is in contrast to the white exterior, and is seen on the door panel sills and lowers where it takes on a dimpled look. A white painted strip is on the upper just below the sills, and has the ball knob door actuator. Inside we are greeted with a heavy smell of urine and mold and the carpeting is a bit wet. Newer puffy red vinyl bomber style buckets have square tufted inserts and smooth bolsters, and conform to the passenger compartment dual eyebrow design fiberglass tonneau covering when the top is down. In front a dual semi circular dash top in red has the rear view mirror mounted on top center. Below the white dash front is peppered with black face gauges, the speedo is in one of the semicircles, and there are plenty of shiny knobs and pulls taking up virtually the entire dash. In front of the passenger is another semicircular bump up, and this houses the radio speaker. Red carpeting floods the floors and the shifter is on the hump. Rounded curved design abound throughout.

Under the flip forward hood, is a restored 327ci V8 which is circa 1962-67. It is topped with a Holley 4 barrel carburetor, and has a T10 4 speed manual transmission on back. The rear axle, J17 casting date is not original and has 3.55 gears.

Inner fenders have repairs and it can be seen underneath. Some invasive rust is noted on a crossmember support for the rear roll pan. An X frame appears structurally strong and is covered with oil blowback so it has not rusted. Manual drum brakes are on all 4 corners, and independent coil spring and leaf spring suspension is on.

The car fired right up and on the test track ran fine. The car pulls hard right when braking, the radio, speedo, and odometer are not working, and the pungent aroma of urine, age and mildew abounds inside.

As described, this rare example will need plenty of TLC to get it back up to snuff. When done though you will have a collector piece that will be proved by even the most describe initing aficionado.


S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
002176-Sequential Unit Number

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1956 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Listing ID: CC-1648257
  • Price: $86,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:Ermine White
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:9999
  • Stock Number:4465
  • VIN:E56S002176
Listed By:
Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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