1956 Chevy Bel Air Convertible

The Crocus Yellow and Laurel Green color combination looks stunning on this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible.

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.

1956 Chevy Bel Air Convertible rear view with top down
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. Unfortunately the complaints from 1955 about disappointing interior space and too few instruments, would also plague the 1956 models.

1956 Chevy 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). Chevrolet produced 41,268 of them for that model year. This car is fitted with power steering costing $92 and Power Pack option on the engine - this gave an extra 35 horsepower for $35.

This '56 Chevy is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)


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