1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe

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.

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe

Matador Red and Ivory Paint

Inside this Chevy we find a red vinyl and beige pattern cloth interior which was one of five combinations available for the Bel Air Sport Coupe and Sedan.

1956 Chevy Bel Air Dash

Immaculate dash

The Bel Air used very striking lounge interiors.

1956 Chevy Bel Air interior

vinyl and cloth interior (no. 583)

When ordering  one of these when new, you could opt for a little more life in your V8, by ordering the 265 cubic inch Super Turbo-Fire with "Power Pack". This was an extra $35 over the price of the standard 265 V8 and offered a special intake manifold, higher-lift camshaft, a 4-barrel carburetor, 9.25:1 compression and about 35 more horsepower.

This particular Bel Air while running its stock 265 V8 has had an Edelelbrock Performer intake and Edelbrock 4 bbl. carb fitted.

The engine coupled with the optional Powerglide automatic transmission costing a further $189 at the time.

Other options with this Chevy include: an electric clock ($17.65), AM radio ($63.50), power steering ($92), electric windshield wipers ($16), heater and defroster ($95).

If you wanted to order a new 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hardtop (model 2454) back when they were new, they had a base price of $2,176 for the six cylinder version. Another $99 got you the 265 cubic inch Turbo-Fire V8.

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

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