1956 Chevrolet

Once again the family cars were split into 3 series. The One-Fifty, Two-Ten and the top of the line Bel Air. There were now a total of 19 models – 3 more than in 1955.

There was a minor restyle over the 1955 model. This included a full width grill that contained rectangular parking lamps at each end. A 4 inch longer hood now sported a large chrome V on the V8 models along with the Chevrolet emblem’s on the front end and on the rear deck. While on the topic of V8s, these engines could now be offered with up to 225 horsepower. Front fenders were broader and formed an eyebrow over the headlights. The left taillight now hid the fuel filler – further improving the side lines by cleaning up the rear fender with the removal of the filler cap.

One-Fifty (150)

The most basic, and lowest priced option in the range. Now even the 150 offered some L shaped side chrome, this now enabled an option two-tone body side paint for the first time. 150s came with black rubber floor covering, a single (driver side) sun visor and fabric seat coverings (all vinyl on the Station Wagons). Small hubcaps were standard.

Overall length of the 150s was 195.6 inches except the Handyman 2 door station wagon that came in at 200.8 inches.

1956 One-Fifty Production Numbers

Sedan 2-door
Sedan 4-door
2 Door Utility Sedan
Handyman, 2 Door Wagon

Two-Ten (210)

The chrome now swept down the rear fenders towards the bumper. More extravagant interior trim was also present as were ashtrays, cigar lighters, two-spoke steering wheel and a second sun visor. The Sport Sedan was seen for the first time. This was basically a four door hardtop with pillarless construction.

1956 Two-Ten Production Numbers

Sedan 2-door
Sedan 4-door
Townsman, 4 Door Wagon
Sport Sedan, 4 Door Hardtop
Beauville, 4 Door Wagon
Delray, 2 Door Club Coupe
Handyman, 2 Door Wagon
Sport Coupe Hardtop

Bel Air

The side spear was doubled on the Bel Air (which also allowed a more interesting two tone paint scheme). The rear fenders now also sported a “Bel Air” name plate and crest. A much more luxury appointed interior was seen which included deep pile carpets (apart from the Beauville which had vinyl floor mats as standard), electric clocks, illuminated and lockable glove compartment and a three-spoke steering wheel.

1956 Chevy Bel Air

1956 Bel Air Production Numbers

Sedan 2-door
Sedan 4-door
Sport Sedan, 4 Door Hardtop
Beauville, 4 Door Wagon
Nomad, 2 Door Wagon
Sport Coupe Hardtop