Sunday, November 20, 2016
1956 Chevy Spotters Guide Photos
The 1956 Chevrolet incorporated many significant styling and engineering developments, the Chevrolet line for the 1956 is highlighted by the addition of two new body styles which expanded the line to a total of 109 models plus the Sedan Delivery. In addition, a 140 horsepower, high compression six-cylinder regular production engine is offered while both 2-barrel carburetor and power package veneration of the V-8 are again available for 1986
Extensive styling changes from from 1955 to 1956 in all three series are made immediately apparent by a massive, lattice-pattern grille, plus restyled headlight hoods, rectangular parking lights, new bumpers and guards, and new ornamentation. Profile changes in the hood fender lines and wheel openings also distinguish the 1956 Chevrolet.
Mechanically, the 1956 Chevrolet features more agile performance made possible by a 140 horsepower 6-cylinder engine that is used not only with the conventional 3-speed transmission, but with the optional overdrive and powerglide transmissions as well. Features of the engine include a high lift camshaft and hydraulic valve lifters.
A new high-lift camshaft in the V-8 increases output to 170 horsepower. The 162 horsepower rating of 1955 remains unchanged in 1956.
Other new feature common to all 1956 models are a more durable 12=volt battery, a water proof voltage regulator, improved headlights, electric temperature gauge, and the inclusion of directional signals as regular equipment rather than optional equipment at extra cost.
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