Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
While certain Chevrolet enthusiasts prefer the subtlety of the 1955 Chevrolet and others favor the more flamboyant 1957 models, many appreciate the 1956 line as the perfect balance of the two extremes. Subtle changes to the Chevy’s body design in 1956 gave it a new and lighter appearance, while a growing list of available powertrain options proved that these cars were more than rolling sculptures. Thanks to the lower weight of the small-block V-8 and a high power-to-weight ratio, the V-8 powered 1956 Chevrolet models were rightly advertised by Chevrolet as the “Hot Ones.”
In addition to increased speed and improved handling, a series of new safety features included “crash proof” door locks, a padded dash and optional seatbelts. Meanwhile, Chevrolet won the annual Pike’s Peak Hillclimb, and legendary garage and racing team owner “Smokey” Yunick used the 1956 Chevrolet to set a 24-hour average-speed record for American-built production cars at 101.58 mph, beating Chrysler’s old record by nearly 12 miles per hour!
Part of the RM Auctions event for The Robson Estate in November, 2010 and in London, October, 2012.
225 bhp, 265 cu. in. “Power Pack” V-8 engine, dual four-barrel carburetors, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115"
Source: RM Auctions
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