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1956 Chevrolet 50th Birthday - A Favorite For 50 Years

The Tri-Five Middle Child Celebrates Its 50th Birthday

By Jim Rizzo, Photography by GM Archive

Year1956
MakeChevrolet
ModelBel Air
Engine LocationFront
Drive TypeRear Wheel
Price$2,068.00
Produced269,798
Body MaterialUnit Steel
  
Engine 
Engine ConfigurationV
Cylinder8
Aspiration/InductionNormal
Displacement265.00 CU IN. | 4343.4 cc. | 4.3 L.
Valves16 Valves , 2 valves per cylinder.
ValvetrainOHV
Power225.0 BHP
Bore3.75 in | 95.3 mm.
Stroke3.00 in | 76.2 mm.
HP to Weight Ratio14.3 LB / HP
HP / Liter52.3 BHP / Liter
Fuel FeedDual 4-bbl
  
Transmission Information 
Gears3
TransmissionAutomatic
Final Drive3.70:1
  
Dimensions 
Weight3221 lbs | 1461 kg
Length197.50 in | 5016.5 mm.
Width73.00 in | 1854.2 mm.
Height59.00 in | 1498.6 mm.
Wheelbase115.00 in | 2921 mm.
Front Track58.00 in | 1473.2 mm.
Rear Track58.70 in | 1491 mm.
Ground Clearance8.00 in | 203.2 mm.
Seating Capacity5
SteeringRecirculating Ball
  
Brakes 
Front BrakesDrums
Rear BrakesDrums

By Jim Rizzo
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