For Sale: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 Door Hardtop

As advertising of the day states, "Noting without wings climbs like a 56 Chevrolet BelAir!" As the best in class for this years Pikes Peak Challenge, the Bel Air is flouting it. The ad asks whether "you ever leveled off a mountain with your foot? Nothing to it, just point it up at a steep grade and you'll see why its a Pikes Peak record breaker." With its "silken rugged power" it will make a peak seem like a roadmap, and with its "cat-sure cornering" you'll take corners effortlessly.

For consignment, the middle car in the tri five craze, the 1956 Bel Air. This former California car has been fully documented as to various work, repairs and redos. Taken apart, sandblasted, recovered and rebuilt, then repainted to perfection by noted body shop out of Pottstown, PA, Denny's Corvette. Looking like a gem found on the road to the summit of Pikes Peak, it's ready to go and show. Just turn the key.

A clean Gypsy Red paint covers the hood front and lower sides of this beauty. It is delineated by a trim spear which we see separates the red from the Shoreline beige. This spear eventually widens and covers the rear quarter fins, trunk and roof line. Two tones on steroids. The panels are straight, and gaps are good. A jet age hood ornament is flying above the simplest of the grilles for the tri five Bel Airs. Chrome bumpers are good and the trim is shiny with nary a dimple. The Bel Air badging and Chevrolet script in your grandmother's handwriting is good. A curved panorama front and rear glass are used in this '56 design, and are all excellently preserved. On back a Continental kit moves the spare to the exterior bumper bump out, and continues with the snappy two tone painting and some more chrome just for extra giggles. The rocket nose tail lights are in rounded bezels on each of the rear quarter's small fins flanking the trunk. Rear fender skirting in the Gypsy Red and flow beautifully to frame the 15-inch highly polished wheel covers that mimic dog dish style caps all wrapped in wide whites and seen on all 4 corners. Rectangular chrome tipped exhaust exits are noted below the continental bumper which is a statement on to itself with all the amount of chrome on it.

Not to be outdone by the exterior, more red and cream for the two tone vinyl and cloth inside. Starting with the doors which use tuck and roll embossed uppers in red, then a cream streak runs through the center with a molded armrest, some more red below in smooth vinyl, and a cream lower. The two tone madness continues inside with a front split bench with red bolsters and some nifty 50's horizontal thin horizontal stitched "tweed" if you will in broadcloth for the inserts. Piping is the delineation which forms V patterns in the backs. The rear bench does the same and provides plenty of romper room for the back passengers, or your viewing couch to drive in movies...Necker checker!! Upfront the dual fan dash, which is a fav of this writer as to the tri fives designs, has some newer more wild gauges lined up in a horizontal ribbed trimming which runs through full metal jacket red dash front material. A newer radio is now in with an FM Tran-Sonic converter below the dash. Also below the dash is a dealer installed chromed Kleenex dispenser in front of the passenger. I think I'm gonna cry its so kewl....hand me a Kleenex. Pristine red carpeting floods the floors and above is a tight white headliner. A shout to the trunk which is also perfection, lined with tan carpeting to match the Shoreline Beige. Truly award winning.

Now playing under the hood is a documented rebuilt red/orange painted consignor stated 283ci V8 with cast ribbed valve coverings that sport some red/orange painting as well. On top is a 4-barrel carburetor, and on back is a rebuilt 3-speed manual transmission with a new clutch and pressure plate. The pumpkin weighs in at 3.36 gear ratio. This mill has all aluminized exhaust pipes and Flowmaster exhaust. A black factory air cleaner covering is still hanging out on top, and looking great.

An ever so scarce bit of surface rust is seen mostly on the edges of the framing and some suspension parts. All else is coated in rust proofing. Over his tenure as the owner there is a listing of various upgrades and repairs done on the car. Some highlights are replacing springs and shocks, a brake system overhaul, and a new battery as well as a new radiator. Completely rebuilt power drum brakes are in all 4 corners and are mounted to an independent coil spring front suspension and leaf springs in the rear.

The car is an immediate starter and of course hit with this test driver/crash test dummy, (although not today!). This car runs smooth and quiet, accelerates nicely and shifts smoothly thanks to the new clutch and pressure plate. It has a nice cruising altitude if you will, and an overall comfortable seating and ride. The odometer is not clocking mileage, and the clock is not clocking time, however was not a big deal as I lost track of time on my test drive. I Love It!

Just a lovely example of the high end Bel AIr, made even better with the snazzy interior with new gauges, rebuilt engine, excellent paint, and particularly the Continental rear bumper installation. Definitely the 50's look, and who cares if it's a 56 which is in this writer's mind is THE BEST year for the tri fives. Take it or leave it. Best Exterior, best interior design, and the Continental rear bumper is to die for.


C-2400 Series Bel Air
L-Los Angeles, CA Assy Plant
080110-Sequential Unit Number


STYLE NO 56 1011D-1956 Bel Air 2 Door Hardtop
BODY NO VN9191-Los Angeles Body #
TRIM NO 565-Green Cloth
PAINT NO 687-Onyx Black
EZ1-Tinted Glass

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 850 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 Bel Air
  • Listing ID: CC-1681273
  • Price: $63,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Bel Air
  • Exterior Color:Gypsy Red
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:141980
  • Stock Number:4857
  • VIN:VC56L080110
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Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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