1956 Chevrolet Bel Air ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: $80,000-$100,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$88,000 Sold

225hp, 265 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine, dual four-barrel carburetors, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, independent front and rear leaf spring suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115"

The debate as to which of the classic mid-fifties Chevys is the best looking will go on forever. Some prefer the subtlety of the 1955, while others thrive on the flamboyance of the finned 1957 models; to many enthusiasts the 1956 embodies the perfect balance of the other two.

The subtle changes to the Chevy ’ s body design in 1956 gave it a fresh, new, lighter appearance. Inside, the dash retained the dual cowl look, but now the mesh matched that of the front grille. Chevy also proved to the world that their full-size cars were not just rolling sculptures by setting new speed records and winning races.

In 1956, Chevy finished first at the annual Pike ’ s Peak hillclimb. That same year Smokey Yunick took the 1956 Chevys to Darlington and set a 24 hour record average speed for a US production car at 101.58mph, beating Chrysler ’ s old record by almost 12mph. In addition to increased speed and improved handling, in 1956 Chevy offered various new safety features including “ crash proof ” door locks, a padded dash and optional seatbelts.

The Wiseman Collection ’ s 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible has been meticulously restored to show quality standards. The two-tone Tempest Green and Crocus Yellow paint is virtually flawless. Likewise, the chrome and brightwork is impressive, even upon close inspection. The interior, finished in two-tone Charcoal Black and Crocus Yellow is in pristine condition. The engine bay houses a 265 cubic inch 225 horsepower V8 engine with the optional dual four-barrel carburetors and the appropriate bat-wing style air filter, all of which appears as new and has been detailed to show quality standards.

Very highly optioned, the Bel Air Convertible comes with the Powerglide automatic transmission, a black cloth power top, power steering, power brakes, electric windshield wipers, a signal-seeking Wonderbar radio, fender skirts, fender birds, bumper guards, continental kit, a tissue dispenser and an automatic headlight dimmer, all riding on vintage Firestone bias ply wide whitewall tires with extremely rare wire wheel covers.

This beautiful example of the highly collectible 1956 Bel Air convertible lacks only one thing – an appreciative new owner to enjoy it!

Reference Number 15023

as of 11/4/2007

Car 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
VIN VC560076803 
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