1956 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
1956 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
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For consignment, a C1 corvette from 1956 representing the first major redesign since its inception. This example needs some TLC on the exterior fiberglass and interior has a distinct odor that is hard to avoid when getting inside. The drivetrain is not numbers matching, and there are several frowns on the drive-ability. With only 3,467 examples though it is worth the investment to bring it back to snuff, as it is somewhat rare to see these early Vette. Exterior Gone are the rear fins in exchange for a smoother rear design. The cove makes its debut, and the front grille has shades of a Ferrari with vertical chromed ribs and a horizontal bar stretching inside an elongated oval. 2 small wrap-around bumpers and a central push-bar bumper are on, and round headlighting tops the front of the quarters. A wrap-around windshield and a white convertible top are on, and this leads to the curved downward rear where tail lighting is on the rounded rear quarter edges. The rear quarters form an oval at their ends, and shiny exhaust tips are within curved vertical trim bumpers. A center split bumper is on the rear roll pan and frames the license plate. The white exterior fiberglass has plenty of cracking and crazing, chips and body filler throughout. Inner fenders and passenger firewall have lots of tiger hair fiberglass repair, suggesting that this car had been hit at some point in its history. Blackwall tires, from 11th week of 2002, and black steel wheels have a shiny central hub cap on all 4 corners. The canvas top is in good condition and operates as a power top. Interior Red vinyl is in contrast to the white exterior, and is seen on the door panel sills and lowers where it takes on a dimpled look. A white painted strip is on the upper just below the sills, and has the ball knob door actuator. Inside we are greeted with a heavy smell of urine and mold and the carpeting is a bit wet. Newer puffy red vinyl bomber style buckets have square tufted inserts and smooth bolsters, and conform to the passenger compartment dual eyebrow design fiberglass tonneau covering when the top is down. In front a dual semi circular dash top in red has the rear view mirror mounted on top center. Below the white dash front is peppered with black face gauges, the speedo is in one of the semicircles, and there are plenty of shiny knobs and pulls taking up virtually the entire dash. In front of the passenger is another semicircular bump up, and this houses the radio speaker. Red carpeting floods the floors and the shifter is on the hump. Rounded curved design abound throughout. Drivetrain Under the flip forward hood, is a restored 327ci V8 which is circa 1962-67. It is topped with a Holley 4 barrel carburetor, and has a T10 4 speed manual transmission on back. The rear axle, J17 casting date is not original and has 3.55 gears. Undercarriage Inner fenders have repairs and it can be seen underneath. Some invasive rust is noted on a crossmember support for the rear roll pan. An X frame appears structurally strong and is covered with oil blowback so it has not rusted. Manual drum brakes are on all 4 corners, and independent coil spring and leaf spring suspension is on. Drive-Ability The car fired right up and on the test track ran fine. The car pulls hard right when braking, the radio, speedo, and odometer are not working, and the pungent aroma of urine, age and mildew abounds inside. As described, this rare example will need plenty of TLC to get it back up to snuff. When done though you will have a collector piece that will be proved by even the most describe initing aficionado. E56S002176 E-Corvette 56-1956 S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant 002176-Sequential Unit Number

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Mileage
    9,999 miles
  • Engine
    327 V8
  • Transmission
    4 Speed Manual
  • Exterior Color
  • Seat Color

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