Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe
While certain Chevrolet enthusiasts prefer the subtlety of the 1955 Chevrolet and others favor the more flamboyant 1957 models, many continue to appreciate the 1956 line as the perfect balance of the two extremes. Subtle changes to the Chevy’s body design for 1956 gave it a remarkably new and lighter appearance, while a growing list of available powertrain options and combinations proved that these cars were more than rolling sculptures. Thanks to the lower weight of the recently introduced small-block V-8 and a high power-to-weight ratio, the V-8 powered 1956 Chevrolet models were rightly advertised 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. With its fine styling, many amenities, strong competition record and stout small-block V-8, Chevrolet’s Bel Air was a huge success, with nearly 670,000 units produced for 1956.
Part of the RM Auctions event for Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in January, 2011 and Charlie Thomas in October, 2012.
265 cu. in. V-8 engine, single two-barrel carburetor, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and 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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