Last updated on September 5, 2021
Today’s car is a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 Door Hardtop done in Tropical Turquoise and India Ivory. I saw this beauty at Caffine Cruisers a weekly local cars and coffee in Torrance, CA. OK, I heard that there were 2 turquoise paints being used in 1956 Chevys. In early 1956s (fall of 1955) they used Twilight Turquoise, a 1955 color, and late 1956s (spring of 1956) they used Tropical Turquoise which was a deeper green. This car looks stock with a lowered stance. This car would have been powered by a 265 ci, 4.3L, V8 developing 162 HP. transferring that power through a 2-speed powerglide automatic transmission. I see that this car has a 3-speed automatic which is either a Turbo 350 or a Turbo 400. It is probably not running a stock engine either? The total Bel Air production for 1956 was 699,053 units with 128,382 units of them being Bel Air 2 door hardtops. This 6 passenger, 2 door hardtop had a base price of $2,175.00.
Very clean car ready for the car show circuit. I rode around in one of these as a young man with same color combination, learned to drive and got my drivers license in the same car. Oh, I had my very first accident in the very same car!!! My dad was so cool. All he said to me is don’t let that happen again. I was dumb founded.
Thanks for riding along. Frank