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Colorized Mario's Tribute to the 1956 Chevrolet

The Mid-Year of what was to become The Tri-Five Chevys. The 1956 Chevrolet received a face-lift with a more conventional full width grille that contained rectangular parking lamps at each end and a 4 inch longer hood.

Single housings incorporated the taillight, stoplight, and backup light. The left taillight held the hidden gas filler. This further improved the side lines by cleaning up the rear fender with the removal of the filler cap.

Engines offered were an Inline 6 cyl 235ci 140 hp or 180hp and a V8 265ci 162hp or 225hp.

This is my Tribute to the Fabulous 1956 Chevrolet. Enjoy, Mario

1 The 1956 Chevy Bel Air received a face-lift with a more conventional full width grille.

2 This was the Mid-Year of what was to become The Tri-Five Chevys.

3 265ci Power Pack V8 engine 4bbl Dual Exhausts.

4 The 1955–1957 Chevrolets are commonly referred to as The Tri-Fives.

5 The Ferrari-inspired '55 front end grille was gone.

6 Single housings incorporated the taillight, stoplight, and backup light, and the left tailight held the gas filler – an idea popularized on Cadillacs.

7 Custom 350 V8 4bbl.

8 The Bel Air luxury options included Powerglide automatic transmission, power windows and power seat adjuster.

9 The least costly Bel Air, at $2,025 was the two-door sedan.

10 Two-tone bodyside treatments and front and rear wheel openings completed the speed line restyling.

11 265ci 4-barrel.

12 Interior view 2 door sedan.

13 As the American public began to prefer posh to economy, the Bel Air began to outsell the lesser series, including both 150 and 210 models.

14 Beautiful factory installed Continental Wheel in two tone matching paint.

15 Open air convertibles were very popular in 1956.

16 In 1956 there was an optional rain-sensing automatic top, which was first seen on the 1951 LaSabre concept car.

17 1956 Chevy 4 door hardtop production exceeded 103,000 units.

18 Among the 7 Bel Air models was a new Sport Sedan, a pillar less four-door hardtop that looked handsome with all the windows rolled down and allowed easy entry into the back seat.

19 The Chevrolet 265 V8 was first introduced in 1955 and was the first small block V8 ever produced by GM.

20 Seatbelts, shoulder harnesses, and a padded dashboard were available.

21 128,000 Chevy 1956 two-door hardtops were built.

22 Chevy Bel Air 2 door hardtop.

23 Custom 327ci 300hp.

24 Hardtop beauty with windows rolled down.

25 Bel Air 4 door sedan.

26 Bel Air 4 door sedan.

27 Custom 400 ci V8.

28 Popular Mechanics reported only 7.4% of owners in their survey ordered seat belts in 1956.

29 1956 Chevy Custom Delivery Sedan. Notice the sun visor option.

30 Basically a 2-door station wagon with blocked out windows.

31 Custom 327ci V8 with 4bbl.

32 Updated steering wheel and over drive transmission.

33 Shapely two-door Nomad wagons topped the price chart at $2,608.

34 Only 7,886 Nomads were built in 1956.

35 The 265 V8 was designed for the most part to save the Corvette from being chopped due to the fact that only 700 Corvettes were sold for the 1955 model year.

36 The Nomad now carried the same interior and rear-wheel sheet metal as other Bel Airs, lacking the original's unique trim.

37 Bel Air 4 door hardtop.

38 Bel Air 4 door hardtop.

39 Original 265ci V8.

40 Wide open fresh air with all the windows rolled down.

41 Bel Air convertible.

42 Bel Air convertible.

43 Seatbelts, shoulder harnesses, and a padded dashboard were available.

44 Beautiful optional Continental Wheel.

45 1956 CHEVY SEDAN DELIVERY WAGON.

46 CUSTOM Candy Apple Red paint.

47 Modern powerful Chevy 350 V8.

48 Custom interior with bucket seats.

49 Bel Air convertible.

50 Top up Bel Air convertible.

51 Original 265ci 205hp V8.

52 Matching 2 tone interior.

53 1956 Chevrolet 150 sedan U.S. Army Govt vehicle. It has a 6 cyl engine.

54 1956 Chevrolet 150 sedan U.S. Army Govt. vehicle. It has a 6 cyl engine.

55 216ci Inline 6 cyl engine.

56 Roomy 4 door interior.

57 From 1955 to 1957 production of the two-door Nomad station wagon was assigned to the Bel Air series, although its body and trim were unique to that model.

58 Prior to becoming a regular production model, the Nomad first appeared as a Corvette-based concept vehicle in 1954.

59 Original 265ci V8.

60 Rare seat belt option with matching 2 tone interior.

61 Another original 56 Chevy Bel Air convertible.

62 Optional 2 tone Continental Wheel.

63 265 Power Pack 205hp V8.

64 Elegant interior.

65 Original 1956 Chevy Nomad wagon.

66 Beautiful chrome strips and dual exhaust.

67 Original 265ci V8.

68 Original interior loaded with options.

69 This is me washing my Aunt’s 1956 2 door Chevy Bel Air HT in front of her house in Plainview NY.

70 Custom 1956 2 door sedan at a car show.

71 Stock 1956 Bel Air 2 door sedan at a car show.

72 Stock 1956 Bel Air 2 door sedan at a car show.

73 1956 Nomad at car show.

74 1956 Nomad at car show.

75 1956 Nomad at car show.

76 1956 Nomad at car show.

77 1956 2 door post sedan at a car show.

78 Custom 1956 Chevy 2 door sedan at a car show.

79 1956 Bel Air 4 door sedan at a Car Show.

80 Interior view 4 door sedan.

81 George's beautiful 1956 4dr Chevy sedan from American Torque.

82 George's 1956 2 Tone Chevy 210.

83 George's 1956 Chevy 235 inline 6 cyl engine.

84 George's 1956 Chevy 3 speed on the tree.

85 1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Notice no chrome V because it has a 6 cyl engine.

86 1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Notice no chrome V because it has a 6 cyl engine.

87 1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 235ci inline 6 CYL 140hp.

88 1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR.

89 1956 Chevy Ad.

90 1956 Chevy Ad.

91 1956 Chevy Ad.

92 1956 Chevy Ad.

93 1956 Chevy Ad.

94 1956 Chevy Ad.

95 1956 Chevy Ad.

96 1956 Chevy Ad.

97 Total Chevrolet Production for 1956 was 1,567,117.

98 1956 Chevy Ad.

99 Hidden Fuel Filler.

100 Filling up the gas tank.


Video and audio clips

1956 Chevy Hidden Gas Cap


1956 Chevy TV Commercial


1956 Chevy TV Commercial


1956 Chevy TV Commercial


1956 Chevy Promotional Film


1956 Chevy "Confidential" Film



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Mario on Nov 5, 2023 said:

The Mid-Year of what was to become The Tri-Five Chevys. The 1956 Chevrolet received a face-lift with a more conventional full width grille that contained rectangular parking lamps at each end and a 4 inch longer hood.

This is my Tribute to the Fabulous 1956 Chevrolet. Enjoy, Mario

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57timemachine on Nov 5, 2023 said:

Mario, you have to stop doing this stuff. You are out of control. Like where do you get off in putting all this amazing stuff on A.T. You have some serious issues that may need some professional help. Ok ok we the brother hood of A.T. will forgive you for all your amazing efforts and contributions as long as you keep doing it. Cheers my brother.

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Mario on Nov 6, 2023 said:

Thank you George! This is why I do this, to bring a smile to my AT Brotherhood and to keep our memories alive with all these great wonderful classics!

It amazes me how the old cars in any condition at car shows bring all people together, young and old (like me). Cheers, Mario

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57timemachine on Nov 5, 2023 said:

By the way, thank you for thinking that my 56 Chev 210 sedan that I owned from 1981 to 1984 ranked with all these other first rate 56 Chevy's. Cheers to you Mario.

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Mario on Nov 6, 2023 said:

Ah yes George, your 56 Chevy 210 deserves to be among any and all 56 Chevys just because it is one.

I have a close tie with the 56 Chevy from my teen years as I used to wash my dear Aunt's 56 Chevy all the time growing up.

I knew every inch of the car and wished it was mine. I never got to own one but I did wash one! Cheers, Mario

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Anonymous on Nov 6, 2023 said:

I think George and I may need to do an intervention soon.

I can see you hovering over your laptop unshaven with a comforter over your head in a darkened room like a kid with a flashlight making these threads.

The part I absoluuuuuutely love is the sales brochure. Just look at ALL the colors and variety you could order.

Wow, life gave us choices!!!

Now we get a car, with package A, B, or C. Take it or leave it.

Talk about personalizing a car.

Awesome thread Mario. I never owned any of the tri-5. My grandmother's 57 BelAir was my closest to it.

Now go shave and shower and open the drapes and see the sunlight. Oh and a word of advice, don't try to eat Cheetos while on your keyboard, unless you like orange keys.

God bless you Mario...

BRAVO ZULU!!!!

Rob

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Mario on Nov 6, 2023 said:

Ah yes Rob, you nailed it! The sales brochures and colorful ads! I just Love the classic car ads. They tell a lot in a nice picture story too.

Mom and Dad with 2 kids going to the store, a Fire Chief heading to a fire, teens at the shore, Station wagons galore for every size family, out for a Sunday excursion, and more.

I grew up with Life and Look magazines and saved the ads. I went to all the car dealers and grabbed as many car brochures as I could carry. I built and painted the latest car model kits AMT, Revell and others.

Sadly those days are long gone, but American Torque keeps the memories alive.

And that's why I'm under the blanket with a flashlight strumming away at my keyboard creating more Pages for the AT Brotherhood!

Cheers, Mario (Think I'll go shave now.)

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57timemachine on Nov 6, 2023 said:

The highest production 55 was a Bel Air four door sedan. The highest production 56 was a 210 four door sedan and the highest production 57 was a 210 four door sedan.

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Mario on Nov 6, 2023 said:

Yes I can believe that George. Reason is the Chevy 4 door sedan was a great family car and those years were huge baby Boomer years. The 210 being the less expensive 4 door was a family favorite. Good info on that George. Cheers!

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57timemachine on Nov 6, 2023 said:

I know that I have mentioned this before. My dad bought his first new car, a 1956 Chev 150 four door sedan with in line six and stick on the tree. One year later my dad married my beloved mom in 1957. I was way too young to remember the car because I was one year old when my dad sold the car in 1959. I will forever love the 1956 Chev... what a sweet heart. Cheers.

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Brandon on Nov 6, 2023 said:

Love the ads!

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Mario on Mar 14, 2024 said:

I colorized a B/W picture

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