Chevrolet’s Bel Air nameplate signified the automaker’s full-size offering for over twenty five years. It even dipped a toe into the muscle car space! With seven generations of Bel Air, there was something for everyone. Take this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible as an example of a fine boulevard cruiser for ambling along sunny streets, top down, with three friends or family members as passengers. This car has done just 28,373 miles to get here, making it an ideal investment as well as weekend pastime.
Sporting a very bright and airy blue and white two tone color scheme, this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible comes with wire hubcaps, and reportedly, enhanced front and rear bumpers. Penned by the legendary Bill Mitchell of GM, it is every bit the height of Fifties design, with finned styling, ample chrome, and a matching white convertible top for shelter when required. Judging by the condition of the chrome and clear light lenses, we can glean that this example has seen some TLC, something that’s further affirmed by the clean engine bay and spotless undercarriage. The interior continues the blue and white theme, with lushly padded front and rear bench seats, and seat belts for four. In the heyday of this car when seat belts were optional, it would be normal to see three people riding on each bench, but in the current day, two per bench is legal. The dash and instruments reflect the same TLC that has been lavished on the other parts of the car, and we are told that the air conditioning is factory fitted. The classic style radio face with dials actually hides a retro-modern unit that offers Bluetooth connectivity. Blue floor mats with the Chevrolet logo complete the cabin, and if you pop the trunk, it’s in similarly pristine order.
The second generation Bel Air, to which this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible falls under, came with a choice of two in-line sixes, or a small block V8. This 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible appears to pack the 265ci small block V8 beneath its blue hood, that was good for around 165hp when new, and sends this to the rear wheels via a two speed automatic transmission. This car is reported to sport factory power steering and power brakes, further easing the driving experience.
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