WELL APPOINTED WITH 350 V8, AUTO, A/C, PS, PB W/ FRONT DISC, GREAT COLORS!
Looking through our inventory, you'll see a lot of Tri-5 Chevys, but one thing sticks out: there aren't all that many '56s like this super clean Bel Air hardtop sedan. Whether that's because there are fewer of them on the road or because their owners love them too much to part with them, we can't fully say. What we can say is that if you're a fan of the smooth, refined look of the '56 models, this car is an excellent choice for a turn-key rod.
Painting it India Ivory over Onyx Black means that someone wanted to get noticed, like when you wear a tuxedo to McDonalds, and with that comes the responsibility to get the bodywork right. Many hobbyists feel that the '56s are the cleanest of the Tri-Fives, and the awesome two-tone finish on this one certainly reinforces that perspective. There's no place for sloppy gaps to hide, so someone made sure they were nice and even, and while traditional two-tone paint jobs were offered by the factory, the updated materials used on this car make a much louder statement. It was done several years ago and then kept in storage for almost a decade, but it's also been driven and enjoyed since, and you can't argue with the looks this car gets on the street. The polished stainless, particularly the blinging side trim, stands out and looks fantastic, emphasizing the car's lean, sporty profile. There's also a sizeable investment in chrome, because the bumpers, grille, and other ornamentation is in good shape, and despite being an updated build, there no deviations from the stock look and all the trim is present and accounted for. No, it's not perfect, but it's not often you find a Tri-5 hardtop built this well at this price point.
The matching white-and-black interior nails the perfect blend of retro and modern, combining the original dash with upgrades like modern two-tone vinyl upholstery that looks great. Completely restoring it back to stock only gives you more comfort, but also an upholstery combination that looks fantastic in the vintage Chevy bodywork. The back seat and custom door panels were stitched to match the front seat, and black carpets help keep the interior looking serious. An original Bel Air wheel is still in place and joins the automatic shifter on the column, both of which add to the comfort inside, because you're going to want to spend a lot of time in here. The original Bel Air dash is still in place as well, featuring a stock dash cluster and clock above the glove compartment. The biggest modification might be the underdash A/C unit, but it fits in neatly enough and blows cold R134a refrigerant throughout the cabin. Out back, the spacious trunk has a stock look complete with a rubber mat, and if you look closely at the panels, you'll see that this car is also quite solid underneath.
Easy and reliable cruising was the goal, and with that in mind the restorers installed a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 rated at a reported 300 horsepower, and it's topped with an Edelbrock 4-barrel carb and a Holley Street Dominator aluminum intake manifold. There's plenty of flash under there, too, because you're going to want to take this one to the cruise night and open the hood, and you'll dig details like the chrome Bowtie valve covers, chrome air cleaner, and blacked-out inner fenders and firewall. A TH350 automatic transmission offers quick reflexes, while the front end has newer control arms, shocks, and coils, while the stock rear end hangs on a set of upgraded shocks so this car always has just the right attitude. A dual Glasspack-style exhaust system sounds awesome, and power front disc brakes and power steering show that this car was meant for the road, not just the cruise in circuit. Classic Corvette Ralley wheels finish the slick look and wear 245/60/15 front and 255/60/15 rear Cooper Cobra blackwall radials.
It's a safe bet to assume this car will be like all the other '56s we feature: quickly SOLD. Call today!
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Front Disc Brakes
- Vinyl Interior
- Cloth Interior
- Air Conditioning
- AM Radio
- Exterior Color
- Onyx Black
- Interior Color
- Transmission Spec
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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