|Generation: ||C1 Corvettes (1953 - 1962)|
|Body Style: ||Convertible|
|Exterior Color: ||Arctic Blue|
|Interior Color: ||Beige|
|Transmission: ||3-Speed Manual|
|Stock Number: ||6064|
|VIN Number: ||E56S003190|
|Engine: ||4.3L V8|
|Location: ||In Stock|
Arctic Blue w/Beige interior 265/225hp, 3-spd. manual transmission.
The ’56 Corvettes were a drastic departure from the ’53-’55 models in that they offered roll-up windows as standard equipment for the first time. In so doing the Corvette went from being a Roadster to being a true convertible. There were other changes (for the good) as well, like outside door handles and the first appearance of the iconic “coves” on the side of the car. This design feature would continue throughout the rest of the C1’s model run.
As for the drivetrain, a new V8 was offered in ’56. Checking off RPO469 on your order form got you a 265ci small block V8 with dual 4bbl carbs and 225hp. “Dual 4’s” became a popular option in the Corvette engine line-up through ’61, but the first Corvette you could get it on was a ’56.
This remarkable ’56 is without a doubt, the nicest example we’ve ever seen! The color of Arctic Blue (the 2nd rarest color offered in ’56 behind Cascade Green) is absolutely beautiful and complements the lines of the car perfectly. Add to that its nicely contrasting Beige interior and White soft top and you’ve got a ’56 the will turn heads wherever it goes!
Formally owned by a long time NCRS member and current NCRS Foundation Chair who had acquired the ’56 from the previous owner, who had dismantled the car and started on the restoration. The chassis had been mostly restored, the engine rebuilt, and the body stripped. But at that point, the restoration had been stopped for some unknown reason. The car was then sold, and the restoration work resumed. The new husband and wife owners started gathering parts that were missing but then tragedy struck when the husband had a heart attack and passed away in ’08. The car then sat until 2013 when the last owner drove out to St. Louis, purchased it and took it home to CO. to finally complete the restoration.
The five years of sitting meant that he had to refresh the chassis. 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 back to Kansas City where the body and paint work was done. When that was completed, the chassis was shipped to KC in Sept. of ’16 and mated back to the body. After which the Corvette was again shipped back to CO. for completion.
The interior all came from Al Knoch, chrome all 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 car show along with 94 other Corvettes. All that hard work was rewarded with best in class and best in show awards! A short time later, the ’56 achieved a NCRS Top Flight Award at the Rocky Mountain Chapter Meet, and then another Top Flight at the Scottsdale, AZ. Regional in May 2018! The car has been driven only 25 miles since completion. The restoration is very correct and the workmanship is top notch, as you will see . . .
This is truly a milestone Corvette that its next caretaker will be proud to drive and display in their collection or garage.