Brought back from near extinction, the Corvette returned better than ever in 1956.
Brought back from near extinction, the Corvette returned better than ever in 1956. Now featuring concave sides with two-tone option, outside door handles, roll-up windows, and an optional removable hardtop, the Corvette was also the most civilized to date, and indeed caught the public’s eye. The sloppy 6-cylinder was dropped for the more powerful and fuel efficient Turbo-Fire 265 V8, and when mated to the close-ratio 3-speed manual gearbox, it offered a great package for sports car enthusiasts.
GM’s design change and increase in power provided the foundation for what the Corvette dynasty would be built upon with increasing sales year-to-year for the next decade.
|Engine||Size||Carb.||HP||Torque||0 to 60||Quarter mile|
|V8||265ci||2x4bbl||225hp||-||7.5 sec||15.9 sec @ 91 mph|
- 2-Speed Powerglide Automatic
- 3-Speed Manual
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