1956 Chevy Bel Air Convertible

This stunning 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible presented in Indian Ivory and Onyx Black was the subject of a complete frame-off restoration.

How would Chevy top the success of the 1955 models?  They had sold 1.7 million cars that year – the 55 had that much of an impact. The answer was to build something faster and a bit more flashy. The Chevrolet brochure announced they were offering a bigger, brighter choice than ever!

The somewhat understated grill of the ’55 was now replaced with a full-width latticework with square parking lamps at each end. The hood was extended by 4 inches and a wide chrome “V” (for V8 models) proudly displayed on the front. The front fenders were broader with reshaped headlamp eyebrows.

Front view of a 1956 Chevy Bel Air Convertible
front view
1956 Chevrolet Gas Filler

A nice touch was moving the gas cap and hiding it behind the left taillight.

The 210 and Bel Air models had more distinctive side moldings which allowed a bolder two-tone paint scheme. With the Bel Air standing out with a color fill forming a spear pointing towards the front of the car.

While the interior dimensions didn’t change much and the instrument panel remained the same, there were plenty of new colors and upholstery materials to choose from.

ivory vinyl and charcoal gray pattern cloth

Unfortunately the complaints from 1955 about disappointing interior space and too few instruments, would still be present in the 1956 models.

265 V8

A 1956 Bel Air Convertible would have set you back $2,443 for the Turbo-Fire V8 ($2,344 for the six cylinder Blue-Flame 140). Note the batwing air cleaner covering dual carburetor setup on this car telling us this was the performance option giving 225 horsepower. The original owner of this car also opted for power windows.

Chevrolet produced 41,268 Bel Air convertibles for the 1956 model year.

This ’56 Chevy Bel Air Convertible is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)


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