1956 Chevrolet Convertible Resto-Rod SOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $250,000 - $350,000

$280,500 Sold

A Spectacular Boyd Coddington Original Creation

505hp, 7.0 liter, LS7 Corvette V8 engine, 4L60 automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 115"

In America, Chevrolet and Ford continually vied for the top spot, but by the mid-fifties Chevrolet had become the car of America.

The slogan, “ Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet, ” was epitomized by the 1955-57 Chevrolets. Nearly five million of these cars were built over the three-year period, making them instant icons of American society in the mid-fifties.

These Chevrolet models were not only favorites of the generation that grew up with them, but have also become the choice of the newest generation of car enthusiasts who admire classic 1950s design pizzazz.

Of the three, the 1956 Chevrolet has emerged as the model that best combines the style and performance virtues of the decade. With its two tone colors and subtle curves, every body style of the 1956 Chevrolet beckons enthusiasts of any age to jump behind the steering wheel for a drive into yesteryear. Of all the body configurations, however, it ’ s the two-door convertible that bears the chic look that is virtually irresistible to all.

The classic Chevy Bel Air Convertible, restored to mint condition and exact factory specs, has been a long-time favorite of traditional collectors, but a new collector with just as much discriminating taste, and a lust for additional speed, improved handling, ride and braking has emerged over the past decade. These enthusiasts, favoring classic styling coupled with modern amenities, have created a market for a new type of rod. Known as resto-rods, these upgraded, mildly customized vehicles are built by specialists throughout North America, and the name that has become synonymous with this type of vehicle is Boyd Coddington.

Boyd Coddington grew up on a small family farm in Rupert, Idaho. Coddington moved to California where he almost single-handedly rejuvenated the American hot rod. From a backyard business consisting of a three-car garage, Coddington went on to build a thriving company with over 14,000 square feet of specialized shops producing world-renowned hot rods and customs.

As well, Coddington set new trends and developed new techniques in creating custom wheels for hot rods, retro- rods, and modern machinery. His shop will also design a custom set of wheels for any individual ’ s car.

The cars he has crafted have graced the covers of dozens of the world ’ s top automotive publications as well as the cover of the Smithsonian magazine and Investors Business Daily.

Customers of his cars have included Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Many of his cars have become famous in their own right such as the Aluma Coupe, the Smoothster, Sportstar, Boydster I, Boydster II, and Boyd Air.

Coddington took a clean 1956 Chevrolet Convertible and completely rebuilt its body making literally thousands of tiny, but significant changes to produce a resto-rod of unquestionable quality and panel fit. The smooth sides and perfectly shaped contours allow your eye to follow the flow of the Chevrolet ’ s classic lines freely from front to back.

Painted in a soft red with a restrained tan cloth top, Coddington has achieved a maximum in modern, updated styling through minimalist and subtle changes to this 1956 Chevrolet Convertible. He has enhanced the original, classic Chevrolet styling with a simplistic beauty.

The chrome mag-style Coddington wheels and low-profile tires might look completely out of place on many fifties customs. In this case, they carefully balance out the limited use of stainless trim while not altering the dramatic look and beauty of this 1956 Chevrolet. Clean and uncluttered by badges, trim and chrome script, the purposeful look and powerful lines of the original ‘ 56 remain, yet are projected into the new century fresh as ever, appealing to a new audience of enthusiasts.

Like all Coddington-created cars, the fit and finish are beyond reproach and the attention to detail is exquisite. The 7.0-liter LS7 Corvette V8 engine is not only able to supply high performance; it is a thing of beauty in itself. A specially designed suspension and braking system provides modern, up to date comfort and safety.

The interior has also been subtly updated, the dash retrofitted with modern gauges and a tan leather interior fitted for ultimate comfort.

This beautiful 1956 Chevrolet Convertible brings two legends together – the beloved 1956 Chevrolet and the talents of Boyd Coddington. With a mere 16 miles on its odometer, this wonderfully classic, yet thoroughly modern package is ready to take you to see the USA in a thoroughly modern, yet classic Chevrolet. Estimate: $250,000 - $350,000 Offered without reserve

Reference Number 5811

as of 1/9/2007

Car 1956 Chevrolet Convertible Resto-Rod
VIN VC56F013493  
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