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.
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
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
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 Bel Air Production Numbers
Original TV Commercials
Original Promo Film
1956 Chevrolet Factory Colors
Here are the colors available for the 1956 model year. Notice that there are some colors that are only available within a two-tone option (paint codes are displayed in brackets).
Onyx Black (687)
Pinecrest Green (688)
Sherwood Green (690)
Nassau Blue (691)
Harbor Blue (692)
Dusk Plum (693)
India Ivory (694)
Crocus Yellow (695)
Matador Red (697)
Twilight Turquoise (698)
Tropical Turquoise (749)
Calypso Cream (750)
Inca Silver (752)
Adobe Beige / Sierra Gold (700)
India Ivory / Onyx Black (701)
Sherwood Green / Pinecrest Green (702)
Nassau Blue / Harbor Blue (703)
India Ivory / Pinecrest Green (705)
India Ivory / Sherwood Green (706)
India Ivory / Nassau Blue (707)
India Ivory / Dusk Plum (708)
India Ivory / Twilight Turquoise (710)
India Ivory / Matador Red (711)
Dune Beige / Matador Red (715)
Crocus Yellow / Laurel Green (717)
India Ivory / Dawn Grey (721)
India Ivory / Tropical Turquoise (754)
Calypso Cream / Onyx Black (755)
Calypso Cream / Grecian Gold (756)
Imperial Ivory / Inca Silver (757)
Adobe Beige / Laurel Green (763)