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1956 CORVETTE

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A lot of people would have been perfectly content if Chevrolet had frozen Corvette styling with the 1953-5 model.

Although the same basic grille was kept, there were new front fenders with chrome-rimmed headlights; external door handles; chrome-outlined concave side body coves and sloping, taillight-integrated rear fenders.

The dash layout remained the same as in the past.

Upholstery colors were limited to beige or red, but six nitro-cellulose lacquer body colors were available.

They were Onyx black, Polo white, Venetian red, Cascade green, Aztec copper, and Arctic blue.

V.I.N. NUMBERS

The serial numbers were still located on the left front door hinge pillar post.

IDENTIFICATION

Series No. Body/Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
2934 2934
1956 Corvette

1956 Corvette
2-dr. Roadster
2 passenger

$2900-3120 2730-2870 lb 3467

ENGINE

  Standard Engine Optional Engine Optional Engine
Type ohv 90-degree V-8, water cooled, cast iron block and heads
Valve lifters Solid valve lifters solid valve lifters solid valve lifters with high-lift camshaft
Main bearings 5 5 5
Bore & stroke 3.75" x 3.00" 3.75" x 3.00" 3.75" x 3.00"
Displacement 265 cid 265 cid 265 cid
Compression ratio 9.25:1 9.25:1 9.25:1
Brake horsepower 210 @ 5600 rpm 225 @ 4800 rpm 240 @ 5200 rpm
Induction system Carter Type WCFB four-barrel Model 2419S Two 4-barrel Rochester carburetors Two 4-barrel Rochester carburetors
Exhaust system Single or dual
Electrical system Delco-Remy, 12-volt

TRANSMISSION

Manual Automatic (optional)
Close-ratio,
three-speed,
all-synchromesh
with floor-mounted gear shifter
Two-speed Powerglide
First: 2.20:1 First: 1.82:1
Second: 1.13:1 Second: 1.00:1
Third: 1.00:1  

CHASSIS

Feature Specification
Wheelbase 102.0"
Overall length 168.0"
Height 51.9"
Overall width 70.5"
Track front/rear 57.0/59.0"
Ground clearance 6.0"
Frame Box-section, X-braced
Body Glass-reinforced plastic (fiberglass), 2-seat convertible
Front suspension Independent; unequal-length A- arms, coil springs, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear suspension Live axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, anti-roll bar, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers
Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic, internal-expanding, 11-inch diameter drums, 157 square inches effective lining area (121 square inches with optional sintered metallic linings)
Wheels 15-inch bolt on steel
Tires 6.70 x 15, 4-ply
Curb weight 2730-2850 lb
Rear axle type Hypoid semi-floating
Rear axle ratio 3.70:1 (4.56, 4.11 and 3.55 optional)
Steering Saginaw worm-and-ball, 16:1 ratio
Turning circle 37 feet

PERFORMANCE

283 bhp/3-speed -- depending on axle ratio
0-60 mph 5.9-8.9 sec
0-1/4-mile 15.8 sec @ 88 mph - 14.2 sec @ 95 mph
Top speed 121-135 mph
Fuel consumption 10-16 mpg

OPTIONS

RPO 101 Heater $115
RPO 102 Signal-seeking AM radio $185
RPO 107 Parking brake signal $5
RPO 108 Courtesy light $8
RPO 109 Windshield washer $11
RPO 290 6.70 x 15 White sidewall tires $15
RPO 313 Powerglide automatic transmission $175
RPO 419 Auxiliary hardtop $200
RPO 426 Electric power windows $60
RPO 449 Special high-lift camshaft $175
RPO 469 Dual four-barrel carburetor equipment $160
RPO 473 Hydraulic folding top mechanism $100

HISTORICAL NOTES

1956 Corvette Notes

1956 CORVETTE PHOTOS

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1956 Corvette

1956 Corvette - red

1956 Corvette

1956 Corvette - red

1956 Corvette

1956 Corvette - red

1956 Corvette

1956 Corvette - red



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