1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Lot No. 4120
Auctioned on Saturday, May 10, 2014
Sold for $148,500
The subtle changes to the Chevy’s body design in 1956 gave it a fresh, new, lighter appearance. Inside, the dash retained the dual cowl look, but now the mesh matched that of the front grille. Chevy also proved to the world that their full-size cars were not just rolling sculptures by setting new speed records and winning races.
This lovely Matador Red and Indian Ivory example features a deluxe red and white interior, and it has received a full and complete rotisserie restoration. This outstanding Chevy runs with a V-8 engine that has dual four-barrel carbs and “batwing” air cleaner assembly. The engine was prepared by Atlanta’s Tom Trainer, a recognized authority on this type of engine.
The car is generously equipped and includes a Powerglide transmission, Wonderbar radio, Continental kit, rare NOS rear antenna, windshield washer, wire-basket factory wheel covers, whitewall tires, dual mirrors, date-coded spiral shocks, front and rear accessory bumper guards, all-stainless steel exhaust system; power top, seat, windows, brakes and steering.
This exceptional offering has always been a trailered show car that resides in a climate-controlled setting. In February 2010 it won first place in the 1956 “Trailer Restored Senior Class” at the 18th Annual Chevy Classic Winter Nationals in Cocoa Beach, Florida, impressively scoring 991 points from a possible 1,000 total score.