Arctic Blue w/Beige interior, 265/225hp, 3-spd. manual transmission.
The ’56 model year was a turning point for Corvette. This marked the first body change, with a distinctive “cove” carved into each side, and the introduction of roll-up windows in Corvette. Which made it a lot more user friendly and moved it from the category of Roadster to true Convertible. Hard tops were also offered for the first time. Engine wise, there were choices of a base 265ci V8 with 210hp, a dual (also a first for Corvette) 4bbl with 225hp and special camshaft equipped dual quad with 240hp. A 2-spd. Powerglide automatic or a 3-spd. manual were both available.
It’s not often that we get in a ’56 Corvette. And it’s even less often that we get in an example as beautiful and correct as the one presented here. The integrity of the car, quality of restoration, and the absolutely stunning color combination of Arctic Blue (2nd rarest color) with Beige interior and White soft top all speak for itself.
Formally owned by a long time N.C.R.S. member and Foundation Chair who had acquired the ’56 from the previous owner who had dismantled the car with the intention of fully restoring it. A good amount of work had been done up to that point. The chassis had been restored, engine rebuilt and the body stripped. But for some unknown reason, the work had been stopped. The car was then sold and once again the restoration resumed. The new owners, a husband and wife started gathering parts that were missing. But, then tragedy struck when the husband suddenly passed away from a heart attack in ’08. The car then sat until ’13 when the next owner drove out to St. Louis (fitting!) purchased the car and took it back to CO. where the restoration was finally completed.
The five years of sitting dormant meant the chassis needed to be refreshed. The engine was started and run while still in the chassis to make sure no issues had come up, which they hadn’t. The body was then sent to Kansas City where the body and paint work was done. Once completed, the chassis was shipped to K.C. in Sept. of ’16 where it was mated to the body once more. After which, the Corvette was shipped back to CO. for completion.
The interior all came from Al. Knoch, the chrome was done by Speed and Sport Chrome in Houston, TX. And the soft top installed in Denver.
After everything was finished, the car was entered in a show along with 94 other Corvettes, where all that hard work was rewarded with Best in Class and Best of Show awards! A short time later, the ’56 achieved a N.C.R.S. Top Flight Award at the Rocky Mountain Chapter Meet. And then another Top Flight at the Scottsdale, AZ. Regionals in May of ’18. The restoration is very correct and workmanship top notch, as you can see!