NCRS Top Flight award winner. Ordered with all options except PowerGlide and high-lift cam. Known ownership history from new. Heavily documented with receipts and ownership paperwork. Amazing car!
This Corvette was restored twice: once in the early 1990s where it was simply repainted and the engine rebuilt and then a second, comprehensive restoration in 2017 that transformed it into the award-winning car it is today. The bodywork was completely stripped to bare fiberglass and refinished in two-stage urethane that makes the original Venetian Red paint look incredibly deep and shiny. It’s a bit orange, but the contrast with the beige side cove is just gorgeous—it’s a very sophisticated look. Fit and finish are surely better than new, but the guys doing the work knew that perfection is not a good idea if you’re going to compete at the highest levels, so it isn’t perfect. The chrome was all refinished to show standards and all new emblems and lenses were installed.
The interior was also restored to as-new condition. The textured vinyl seats, low-nap carpet, and ornate door panels are just as they were in 1956, and you can see most of the options here: power windows, AM radio, and the courtesy lights, all of which are fully operational. The dashboard is largely the same as 1955, painted in the same beige as the side coves, and all the gauges work as they should, including the clock and the unique total revolutions counter on the tach. The radio pulls in stations loud and clear and broadcasts through the single speaker in front of the passenger. Tan canvas was optional for the convertible top, which is technically power actuated, although the system does need the driver to release the latches and the deck lid to allow it to stow itself underneath. There’s also a fully restored matching hardtop, complete with textured headliner that is the same as the seat upholstery. The surprisingly spacious trunk has a correct rubber mat and there’s a full-sized spare stowed underneath.
RPO 469 was a 265 cubic inch V8 with two 4-barrel carburetors making 225 horsepower—a fairly robust figure for 1956. The engine was rebuilt during the 1990s restoration and with very little use there was no need for a second rebuilt, just new gaskets and fresh paint to make it look correct under the hood. Finned valve covers were standard equipment, as were the miniature louvered air cleaners which were like smaller versions of the single 4-barrel unit. It carries a correct aluminum intake manifold and correct cast iron exhaust manifolds, which show just the right amount of Chevrolet Orange engine enamel overspray. Correct ignition shielding, a generator with built-in tachometer drive, new wiring, correct hoses and clamps, and all the other little things that make for a show-winner are there. It starts easily and idles well, and on the road there’s plenty of punch at any speed which is what owning a Corvette is all about, right?
Underneath, the frame was sandblasted bare and repainted satin black and even the factory stencils were replicated on the outer frame rail. The 3-speed manual transmission shifts crisply, and with 3.70 gears, this roadster is quick even in today’s world of 700+ horsepower Corvettes. Everything is rebuilt, including brakes, suspension, and steering, and details are exact, including a reproduction A/C oil filter and the heat shields that protect the fiberglass floors from exhaust heat. Correct spiral shocks are in place out back, along with the original canvas check straps on the axle, which are a little brittle but still in place. Steel wheels carry attractive spinner hubcaps and correctly-sized 6.70-15 BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whitewall tires.
This car includes a substantial file full of receipts, invoices, ownership documents, and owner’s manual. Awards that accompany the car include both a regional NCRS Top Flight award and a national NCRS Top Flight award earned at the national meet in Lake Placid, NY.
Like I said, this Corvette gets everything right. It’s correct, it’s beautiful, it’s documented, and it’s ready to enjoy at almost any level. The investment in the restoration was considerably more than the asking price, and the 1956 Corvettes are among the rarest of Chevrolet’s plastic fantastic. Call today!
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