1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Chassis no. C56L024055
"See the USA in your Chevrolet" went the old advertising jingle, and you could do lots worse than take in the great American countryside through the wraparound windshield of a two-tone Chevy Bel Air convertible. Easily one of the most recognizable 1950s American automobiles, the second-generation Bel Air received a mild facelift in 1956, a so-called "Speedline" restyling that featured distinctive two-tone bodyside treatments, and graceful wheel openings front and rear.
This particular '56 Bel Air ragtop is a well-kept older restoration that has seen very few miles since its frame-off re-do. It's always been stored properly and is regularly detailed. Finished in mint green & ivory, it's a real head-turner and sure traffic-stopper. Going incognito is not an option with this car.
Wishing to increase the Bel Air's reliability and drivability, the current owner removed the old 265 V8 and replaced it with a crate motor Chevrolet 350, hooked up to a new Turbo 350 automatic transmission and rebuilt rear end. Original-style valve covers and a rare "batwing" air-cleaner setup from the period combine to keep a mid-'50s vibe in the engine bay. Greatly upping the car's ability to mix it up with modern traffic are aftermarket front disc brakes. Like the engine, this upgrade is all but invisible, hidden behind the original-size wheels and hubcaps. At the same time, the suspension was renewed with all-new shocks, springs and bushings. The car has been driven only a few hundred miles since the improvements.
This car's interior is a highlight, refinished to showroom spec in greens and chrome and stainless-steel, with a big comfy bench front seat for driver and passenger, plus plenty of room in the back. Likewise, the trunk compartment is immaculate. Only a convertible top now in need of a little attention would keep this car from being a turnkey trophy-getter at local shows.
It's a classic top-down American cruiser, tastefully upgraded for safety and reliability, ready for your own little corner of the USA.