1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
Dinah Shore was the first female talk show host, and at the end of each show she would sing the jingle “see the USA in your Chevrolet”. Talk about a marketing coup!
For consignment, the top of the line Bel Air trimmed for 1956. This car is complete with a 6-cylinder engine, Adobe Beige and Sierra Gold two tone paint, trim spears, and plenty of big chrome. Some wide white sidewalls, snappy pointed center chromed hubcaps, and two tone 50's styled interior, how can you go wrong smack dab in the middle year of the Tri Five craze.
Adobe Beige covers the upper roof and rear of this car. It is delineated by a trim spear where we see Sierra Gold below. Panels are straight, and gaps are good. A few scratches show up mostly on the lower part of the car, but overall, the presentation is very nice. Chrome bumpers are good, and the trim is shiny with no dimpling. The Bel Air badging and Chevrolet script in your grandmother's handwriting is good. 15-inch chromed steel wheels with dog dish pointed center style caps are wrapped in thin whites and are seen on all 4 corners. A shout to the rear brake lights with their Buck Rogers styling within ever so slightly finned rear quarter corners. From the front hood ornament of the streaking jet, single headlight on either side with a chromed visor above and lots-o-chrome below with the egg crate silver grille and lower bumper with extra chrome vertical bump bars. Let's go to the drive-in and turn some heads on nostalgia night. A shout out to the curved glass in front and back, which wraps around the form the rear of the passengers compartment, which we are waiting with eager anticipation to enter and read about...here we go!
Looking like the original but very nicely preserved with only a few smudges from age and use, door panels that sport what appear to be original copper smooth vinyl uppers and newer lowers, with a spear like pattern of the tan vinyl for the armrests and window crank background. Looking toward the front bench nifty fifty design with textured tan and brown broadcloth inserts for the seats and some nice white piping separating the smooth copper colored vinyl bolsters. Broadcloth inserts for backs as well forming a V pattern with the inside of the V filled with more copper vinyl. A shiny button is in the apex of the V. The rear bench emulates this snazzy pattern and is looking showroom. It has been recently recovered and painstakingly matched to the original front bench and has seen little action since. Sierra Gold clean carpet covers the floors throughout. Hanging above is the dual curved eyebrow shaped dash front which has a gold metal dash top, and wonderful punched horizontal ribbed chrome middle with painted metal below. Bezels and knobs are pristine. In the middle we see an original AM radio. In front of the passenger is another fan in the dash with Bel Air written in your grandmother's handwriting and a routine clock in its lower V. Above is a light tan headliner which shows slight darkening from water damage in a few seams.
A raise of the hood, and a clean blue blocked 235ci inline 6 cylinders is mounted. It has a single barrel carburetor on top and a 2-speed Powerglide transmission is on back throwing power back to the original rear axle with a 3.36 ratio. A large oil beneath air cleaner is one the driver's side of the engine, and all else is nicely painted black bolt ones and. Supple clean wiring and hoses abound.
Plenty of patina and surface rust is noted especially on the rear inner fenders and lower portions of these panels. Floor pans, body hangers and toe kicks are rust free and have a nice black patina of worn off rustproofing. Some oil blowback is noted from the bottom end of this engine. Drum brakes are on all 4 corners. Independent coil springs are upfront and provide the smooth ride, and leaf springs are reserved for the rear.
The car runs smooth and quiet, accelerates nicely and shifts smoothly automatically. It has a nice cruising altitude if you will, and an overall comfortable seating and ride. A very impressive fun and event free test drive from this classic.
This classic car has undergone some minor upgrades but remains mostly original, with some of the exterior showing a few encounters with whatever might have come its way over time. Wonderful chrome and two tone paint and a beautiful 50's interior are all in this car. Solid power plant, a nicely presenting example of the mid Tri Five era on the high end in the form of a Bel Air trim. While the dual fan dash is to die for, as are the two tone styled Vees in the upholstery. And throw on a button just for some extra style!
C-2400 Series Bel Air
F-Flint, MI Assy Plant
045079-Sequential Unit Number
STYLE NO 561037D-1956 Bel Air 2 Door Hardtop
BODY NO F4165-Flint Body #
TRIM 618-Tan & Copper Cloth & Vinyl
PAINT 700D-Adobe Beige, Sierra Gold
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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 www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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