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The 1956 Chevrolet Corvette

1956 Red Corvette Convertible

The 1956 Corvette recieved the first major body styling change since it's inception. The instrument panel was the only thing to stay the same. New features included roll-up windows with a power-assist option. The side-cove was new and could be painted a different color. For the first time Corvette had external door handles. Exposed headlights with chrome surrounds (except for very early production which were painted) were also new. Both white plastic and chrome steel shifter knobs were used, the white plastic was used earlier in the production year. This year introduced the dual four-barrel carburetors for the first time, these included a cast aluminum intake manifold. Valve covers for the base engine were painted steel covers with the Chevrolet script. Optional engines all have a 9 fin cast alloy valve cover. New passenger seats can move fore and aft, earlier models had fixed passenger seats. Dual point distributors were included on all non-base engines and a higher output (53 amp-hour) 12 volt battery was standard.

Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1956 Corvettes Built - 3,467 - All Convertibles

Serial Numbers: E56S001001 - E56S004467

Production Options

RPO Description MFG's Price Production
2934 Base Convertible $3,176.32 3,467
101 Heater $123.65 N/A
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking $198.90 2,717
107 Parking Brake Alarm $5.40 2,685
108 Courtesy Lights $8.65 2,775
109 Windshield Washers $11.85 2,815
290 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 $32.30 N/A
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission $188.30 N/A
419 Auxiliary Hardtop $215.20 2,076
426 Power Windows $59.20 379
440 Two-Tone Paint Combination $19.40 2,797
449 Special High Lift Camshaft $188.30 111
469 265ci, 225hp V8 Engine $172.20 3,080
471 Rear Axle Ratio, 3.27:1 $0.00 N/A
470 Substitute beige or white soft top for black $0.00 N/A
473 Power Oriented Folding Top $107.60 2,682

Color Options for 1956

RPO Exterior Interior Soft Top Production
N/A Onyx Black Red White/Black 810
709 Aztec Copper Beige White/Beige 402
712 Cascade Green Beige White/Beige 290
713 Arctic Blue Beige/Red White/Beige 390
714 Venetian Red Red White/Beige 1,043
718 Polo White Red White/Black 532

1956 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Feature Physical Dimensions
Wheelbase 102 in.
Track Frt/Rear (in) 57/58.8
Length 168 in.
Width 70.5 in.
Height N/A
Frontal Area N/A
Ground Clearance N/A
Curb Weight 2980 lbs
Weight Dist. F/R (Engine) N/A
Fuel Capacity N/A
Coolant Capacity N/A

Engine Specifications

RPO 2934-Base 469
Bore N/A N/A
Stroke N/A N/A
Displacement 265 ci 265 ci
Compression Ratio N/A N/A
Cylinders 8 8
Block Cast Iron Cast Iron
Horsepower 210 bhp 225 bhp
Torque N/A N/A
Redline N/A N/A
Carburetion N/A 2x4 bbl
Oil Capacity N/A N/A
Valvetrain N/A N/A
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