1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

Summary

Drop the top, and cruise like a movie star! It sounds like fun. But movie stars live in sunny California -- most of us don't. Convertibles may draw people into showrooms, but sedans take them home. In 1956, only about 2.6 percent of Chevy customers drove home in ragtops. Despite that fact, the carefree appeal of 1950s convertibles has made them a symbol of that era.

Drop the top, and cruise like a movie star! It sounds like fun. But movie stars live in sunny California -- most of us don't. Convertibles may draw people into showrooms, but sedans take them home. In 1956, only about 2.6 percent of Chevy customers drove home in ragtops. Despite that fact, the carefree appeal of 1950s convertibles has made them a symbol of that era.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1956

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

83.94.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Montgomery L. Young.

Material

Metal
Vinyl
Rubber (Material)
Glass (Material)
Nylon
Chromium

Color

Turquoise (Color)
Ivory (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 59.1 in

Width: 74 in

Length: 194.5 in

Wheelbase: 115 in

Weight: 3320 lbs

Inscriptions

Trunk: D.B. GRAY / HULL, ILL Right and left sides near rear: Bel Air

Specifications

Make & Model: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible

Maker: General Motors Corporation, Detroit, Michigan

Engine: V-8, overhead valves, 265 cubic inches

Transmission: 2-speed automatic

Height: 59 inches

Wheelbase: 115 inches

Width: 74 inches

Overall length: 197.5 inches

Weight: 3320 pounds

Horsepower: 205 at 4600 revolutions per minutes

Pounds per horsepower: 14.8

Price: $2,538

Average 1956 wage: $4,342 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 7-1/2 months

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