‘The Hot One’s Even Hotter‘ – the Chevrolet sales literature told us when the new fresh and frisky ’56 Chevrolets were launched. Following on from the amazingly popular ’55 Chevy there was now an even more powerful V8 and the new cars sported a mild face-lift.
There was now a full-width grille, revised bumpers and a new V emblem on the hood now revealed there was a V8 under there.
The side trim now ran the full length of the car, as we can see on this 1956 Chevrolet Sport Coupe (2 door hardtop). At the rear of the car it appeared to sweep back giving it the look of motion. Under the left taillight was a concealed gas filler.
Inside this Chevy we find a Ivory vinyl and Charcoal Gray pattern cloth interior which was one of five combinations available for the Bel Air Sport Coupe and Sedan.
The Bel Air used very striking lounge interiors. Note the power windows which is a nice option to have on a Tri-Chevy.
This particular car was the subject of a very detailed, frame-off restoration and it has covered just 535 since it was completed.
If you wanted to order a Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hardtop (model 2454) during the 1956 model year, they had a base price of $2,176 for the six cylinder version. Another $99 got you the 265 cubic inch Turbo-Fire V8 that this Bel Air is equipped with.
For those that wanted an automatic transmission (also fitted to this car) they could order a Powerglide for a further $189.
Other options available at the time included: an electric clock ($17.65), AM radio ($63.50), power steering ($92), electric windshield wipers ($16), heater and defroster ($95).
This ’56 Chevy Bel Air is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)