Lot #19: 1956 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster (Not Available)
Bloomington Gold NCRS Top Flight
- From the inaugural model year of the “true” high-performance Corvette
- Original “Dual Quad/Duntov Cam” 265 V-8 with 240 rated horsepower
- Extremely attractive with original color combination; first year for side coves
- Very well equipped with options including power windows, top, and antenna
- Wonderbar signal-seeking radio and comfort and convenience options
- Bloomington Gold certification and NCRS Top Flight Award winner
- Great-looking performer, ready to drive, show, and enjoy!
|True Mileage:||398* (TMU)|
* post restoration mileage
Handsomely finished example from the first model year of the true high-performance Corvette in outstanding original colors, powered by the original 240-horsepower “Dual Quad/Duntov Cam” 265 small-block V-8 and Powerglide automatic. Very well-equipped with factory power options and amenities. Decorated with Bloomington Gold certification, this NCRS Top Flight winner is a very fine example, ready to drive, enjoy, and show.
Specifications: 265 cu. in. V-8 engine, RPO 469 dual four-barrel carburetors and RPO 449 “Duntov” high-performance cam, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, and stabilizer bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"
In December 1953, a forceful memo written by engineer, racer, and new GM hire Zora Arkus-Duntov to GM management made a massive and lasting impact on the future direction of Chevrolet’s new Corvette. Advocating high-performance redevelopment of the Corvette to capitalize on America’s fast-growing youth market, Duntov’s suggestions resulted in the switch to Chevrolet’s all-new small-block V-8 for the Corvette by 1955, transforming the stylish Corvette into a promising performer.
Continuing the momentum, stylistic updates for 1956 were directed by GM designer Bob Cadaret with more aggressive bodylines and the debut of the Corvette’s dashing bodyside coves. A host of welcome detail changes included the addition of external door handles, roll-up side windows, and a new factory-available hardtop. Power windows and a power convertible top were optional, while the Corvette’s interior remained mostly unchanged.
Building upon the Corvette’s sporting new direction, Arkus-Duntov also spearheaded the development and production of a host of relentlessly tested high-performance parts that would soon populate Corvette order forms at Chevrolet showrooms. The results began to appear for 1956 in the form of Regular Production Option (RPO) 469, the $172 “Dual-Quad” intake system, which raised the 265 V-8’s output to 225 horsepower. The vast majority of Corvette buyers (3,080 of 3,467) opted for the “Dual-Quad” engine in 1956. Far fewer – only 111 – ordered the special high-lift, solid-tappet camshaft, which gained instant fame as the "Duntov Cam.” Labelled option 449, it was only available with the “Dual-Quad” engine and good for 15 more ponies and 240 in total. Suspension and braking improvements made the Corvette’s power more useful than ever before.
Thanks to Duntov, the Corvette’s newfound swagger gave Chevrolet’s management the confidence to enter four Corvettes into the Florida International 12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance, held on the old bomber airfield at Sebring in Florida. One car, running in C/Modified, came first in class and ninth overall – an outstanding achievement for the young car and team. Just 3,467 Corvettes were built in all for 1956; however, this number represented a strong five-fold increase over the previous model year, ensuring the vehicle’s continued production. Priced from $3,958.10, the 1956 Corvette was relatively expensive; however, it was the only true American-built choice for performance-minded drivers; today, these historic cars are rightly collectible and highly enjoyable to drive.
Retaining its original 240-horsepower, “Dual Quad/Duntov Cam” engine and Powerglide automatic transmission, this outstanding 1956 Corvette features its visually stunning, factory-original color combination including a Pinecrest Green exterior finish with Cream side-cove panels, a Tan convertible top, and matching seats and carpeting. Exceptionally well equipped with many factory-available options and amenities for 1956, this Corvette includes a power top, power windows, Wonderbar signal-seeking radio, and power antenna. Accolades include Bloomington Gold Certification and NCRS Top Flight. Ready to drive and enjoy as originally intended and show-worthy, this 1956 Corvette is simply one of the best available today.
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