Looking through our inventory, you'll see a lot of Tri-5 Chevys, but one thing sticks out: there aren't all that many '56s like this super clean 150 2-door ""post"" sedan. Whether that's because there are fewer of them or because their owners love them too much to part with them, we can't say. What we can say is that if you're a fan of the smooth, refined look of the '56 models, this car is an excellent choice for a turn-key rod.
Painting it bright white over purple means that someone wanted to get noticed, and with that comes the responsibility to get the bodywork right. Many hobbyists feel that the '56s are the cleanest of the Tri-Fives, and the awesome two-tone finish on this one certainly reinforces that perspective. There's no place for sloppy gaps to hide, so someone made sure they were nice and even, and while traditional two-tone paint jobs were offered by the factory, the updated palette of this car makes a statement, too. It was done not too long ago, but it's been driven and enjoyed, and you can't argue with the looks this car gets on the street. The polished stainless, particularly the blinging side trim, stands out and looks fantastic, emphasizing the car's lean, sporty profile. There's also a sizeable investment in chrome, because the bumpers, grille, and other ornamentation is in excellent shape, and despite being an updated build, there no deviations from the stock look and all the trim is present and accounted for.
The interior nails the perfect blend of retro and modern, combining the original dash with upgrades like modern two-tone vinyl upholstery that looks great. Doing it this way not only gives you more comfort, but an upholstery combination that looks fantastic in the vintage Chevy bodywork. The back seat and custom door panels were stitched to match the front seat, and black carpets help keep the interior looking serious. A tilt column with refinished original wheel adds to the comfort, because you're going to want to spend a lot of time in here. The dash is full of Autometer gauges that are far more accurate than what came stock in 1956, and for entertainment, there's an iPod compatible Restrosound AM/FM stereo that fits in the dash like it was born there. The biggest modification might be the underdash modern A/C unit, but it fits in neatly enough given this car's somewhat dual personality. The trunk has a stock look with a rubber mat and spare on a steel wheel, and if you look closely, you'll see that this car is also quite solid underneath.
Easy and reliable cruising was the goal, and with that in mind they installed a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 with aluminum heads, HEI ignition, a Holley 4-barrel carb, and a GM Performance aluminum intake manifold. There's plenty of flash under there, too, because you're going to want to take this one to the cruise night and open the hood, and you'll dig details like the paint-matched inner fenders, firewall, and brake booster. A TH350 automatic transmission offers quick reflexes and the stock rear end hangs on a set of air shocks so this car always has just the right attitude. Long-tube headers and a dual Flowmaster exhaust system sounds awesome, and power disc brakes and a CPP power steering box show that this car was meant for the road, not just the show field. Classic Cragar mags finish the traditional look and wear 235/70/15 (front) and 275/60/15 (rear) Cooper Cobra radials.
It's a safe bet to assume this car will be like all the other '56s we feature: it won't last long. Call today!