This stunning, completely rotisserie restored 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible in pristine condition inside-and-out will go under the hammer on May 7-9, 2015 at Auctions America’s Auburn Spring Sale. It is estimated to bring $120,000 – $150,000. This drop dead gorgeous ’56 Chevrolet is reported to be as nice as they come and all-correct throughout utilizing N.O.S. parts when possible. The Bel Air was taken down to the bare frame with every single nut and bolt taken apart and restored to like-new condition.
It is the right car to own, as it is an original, rust-free Kansas car. It is equipped with the very rare and correct 265-cid, 240-hp V-8 engine with two four-barrel carburetors that “purrs like a kitten” that has been completely rebuilt. It is further stated that “absolutely everything lines up perfectly” and that this car “really is a rare find.” The Bel Air scored 992 out of 1,000 points at the Chevrolet Nationals last July in Cleveland, Ohio and also won Best Interior for restored cars.
This 1956 Bel Air has outstanding attention to detail throughout and utilizes all correct finishes and materials throughout. The great presentation begins with its gorgeous, Sierra Gold and Adobe Beige paint on a straight, well-prepped metal, continues with show-quality chrome trim all-around, and peaks with stock wheels with correct wire wheels hubcaps wearing whitewall rubber.
The all-new, correct and complementary two-tone interior features a show-stopping restored dash and gauge cluster. Everything works perfectly in the car. The soft-top is brand new; even the entire top frame was completely restored. It also has a brand new and correct top boot.
Among the equipment and options on this fine machine are a three-speed manual transmission, heavy-duty radiator, 30-amp generator, dual electric windshield wipers, deluxe heater, day/night mirror, dual outside mirrors, Wonder Bar radio, tissue dispenser, clock, courtesy lights, back-up lights, power top, tinted glass, rocker moldings, door handle guards, whitewall tires, wire wheel covers and exhaust extension tips.
Mechanically, this car is completely brand new as everything was rebuilt from front to back, and all completed to factory specifications. The underside of this car is completely detailed with the correct red oxide primer on the floorboards. It is reported that Chevrolet built a total of 41,268 Bel Air Convertibles; the number with this powerplant are greatly reduced, further adding to its reputation and the pure pleasure that comes from driving and showing such a car.