Few changes were made from 1955 to 1956 for the Chevy Bel Air, but then again few were needed.
The Tri-Five Bel Air was a revolutionary model for Chevrolet as it solidified the brand's hold on the market. In fact, just one year in, the 1956 Bel Air improved Chevy's market share, bumping it up from 16 to 28-percent and in all, the basic design remained unchanged from the previous model year. Among the changes that were made in what basically amounted to a comprehensive face-lift were focused in front and rear ends and trim. A new full-length grille was appointed to the front end and a new single rear housing for the taillights, brake-lights, and backup lights were fitted out back. Further chrome detailing was used and the fuel filler was hidden behind the left rear light cluster. This feature was first seen on Cadillacs of the era and lent a more refined touch to a more affordable car. Among the popular options for the year was the convertible top and Chevy’s 265-cid V-8 engine.
This particular 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air is finished in its original two-tone Harbor Blue and Nassau Blue paint scheme. Inside, the interior is finished in a two-tone scheme that matches the exterior look of the car perfectly. Under the hood, Chevy’s 265-cid V-8 is topped with two 4-barrel carburetors for a rated output of 225-bhp at 5,200-rpm. Power is routed to the rear wheels through a 2-speed Power Glide automatic transmission.
This stunning car accurately represents the second-generation Bel Air and is a prime example of what made the Convertible so popular. With a high level of attention to detail paid to the restoration and low amount of mileage put on the car since, this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible is now heading to Central Pennsylvania Auto Auction's 20th Annual Classic & Antique Auction. For more information on this car and how to register to place your bid click here.