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1956 Dodge Coronet

The Forward Look had arrived and was leading cars into the fins and chrome era of the fifties. This 1956 Dodge Coronet Lancer 2-door hardtop shows us how cars were becoming far more exciting. People wanted more color and flash and they certainly got it with this Gold and White beauty.

Now it it’s second year, the Forward Look was proving popular and styling changes were minimal for 1956 although big changes were planned for the 1957 model year.

Lancer was the name Dodge gave to identify their pillarless hardtop models from 1955 to 1959.

Rear view of a 56 Dodge Coronet Lancer 2-door hardtop
Rear view

Although the Coronet was the base trim level for 1956, it certainly didn’t look like it was lacking anything. One particularly stand-out styling change was the addition of tail fins and revised taillights for 1956.

The beautiful upholstery is protected with plastic covers.

plastic covers protecting the seats

This stunning car has just 49,000 miles on the odometer and this is believed to be original.

instrument panel

Power comes from a 315 cubic inch Red Ram V8 providing 218 horsepower. And, new for 1956 was Chrysler’s push-button automatic transmission, replacing the dash mounted lever. Known as Dodge Magic Touch Control, it was paired with PowerFlite 2-speed automatic transmission. Advertising promoted it as the ‘Magic touch of tomorrow!’ The controls were mounted to the left of the left of the instruments and contained no PARK button – necessitating the use of the parking brake.

315 cubic inch V8 in a 56 Dodge
315 cubic inch V8


Option Price
Heater / defroster $78
Radio $110
Power steering $92
Power brakes $38
Power windows $102
Wheel covers $15
Air conditioning $567

Dodge produced 142,613 Coronets for the 1956 model year. This figure is across ALL of the body styles in the Coronet series as individual records were not kept. A 1956 Dodge Coronet Lancer 2 door hardtop would have cost you $2,438 if you had ordered one new.

A 270 cubic inch V8 was standard (with a 3-speed manual transmission) but the 315 cubic inch V8 in this car would have cost the original owner an additional $44 when they ordered it. The PowerFlite automatic transmission would have cost another $184.

This ’56 Dodge Coronet is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for more photos)

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