1956 Corvette History, Features and Specifications

1956 Corvette History, Features and Specifications

1956 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information
Today on the Vette Vues blog, we are looking at the 1956 Corvette's history, features, specifications, and some great Corvette photos. Just three years after its introduction, Corvette was under attack from within as Chevrolet and GM management considered disappointing sales. But it was under the protection of three very powerful advocates: Harley Earl, Chevrolet President Ed Cole, and engineer Zora Arkus Duntov. Earl, Cole, and Duntov were determined to establish Corvette as America’s premier sports car. But, critics said that the Corvette's styling was already aging. The 1956 Corvette represented the first major redesign of the original body style. The new sports car, the 1956 Corvette, body received a new redesigned with the cove inserts and smoother exterior lines. This first-generation Corvette now offered buyers outside door handles, roll-up…
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1956 Corvette Advertisements

1956 Corvette Advertisements

1956 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Vintage Corvette Magazine Ads
Chevrolet produced a lot of 1956 Corvette advertisements. Today on our blog we are taking a look back at some of these advertisements. We also want to share a little history of the C1 1956 Chevrolet Corvette. We have included some 1956 Corvette Trivia questions for your next club get-together. 1956 had an all-new, streamlined body for the Corvette with roll-up windows. The Corvette "roadster" finally qualifies as a true "convertible." There were three engine choices now, and nearly all buyers opted for the 225 hp, dual four-barrel carbureted 265 c.i. V-8. The Corvette transmission choices were split by almost 50-50 between autos and 3-speed manual units. FIBERGLASS FACT: A rare option was the special high-lift camshaft that provided an (unofficial) output of 240 hp! Trivia Questions Here are a…
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C1 Corvette – THE HISTORY OF BODY KITS & DRESS-UP PARTS

C1 Corvette – THE HISTORY OF BODY KITS & DRESS-UP PARTS

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C1 Corvette History of Body Kits and Dress-up This is the first re-post of six-part series that looks back at the various custom modifications that could be installed by an owner, contracted to a shop, or purchased as turn-key vehicles. This re-post presents additional photos to those who were selected for print in VETTE VUES. In this series, VETTE VUES presents a photographic summary of the major trends in customization, as it has evolved through the various year groups. The treatment for each year group follows a set format. Examples of kits (or parts) that were offered in that actual time period will be presented first, followed by various retro-themed kits or turn-key cars developed in later years. Miscellaneous items are included at the end of each year group. NOTE:…
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1956-57 Corvette Kiddie Pedal Car

1956-57 Corvette Kiddie Pedal Car

1956 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Chevrolet Corvette History
Vette Vues Magazine Reader George McNeilus sent us these photos of a 1956-57 Corvette Kiddie Pedal Car.  George explains that it was distributed by Chevrolet dealers in 1956-1957.  It is white with red seats & steering wheel, the side coves are outlined in chrome like the full-size Corvette.  It has a 2-speed with hand shifting lever, hard rubber tires 9-1/2" diameter, 1-1/2" width. The car's dimensions are 23" wide, 54" long, 21" high and it weighs approximately 45 lbs. 1956-57 Corvette Kiddie Pedal Car [envira-gallery id="2855"]   [caption id="attachment_3459" align="aligncenter" width="298"] 1956 Auto Show Corvette Pedal Car. "Ride the Chevrolet Kiddie Corvette" 1956 - Auto Show exhibit. Image Courtesy of General Motors Archive[/caption] Did you know that Kiddie cars parked on steps of GM "Futurama" Pavilion at 1965 New York…
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1956 Corvette SR-2 The McLean SR Corvette

1956 Corvette SR-2 The McLean SR Corvette

1956 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Chevrolet Corvette History, Corvette Features, Vette Vues Magazine Past Coverage of Corvette Events
The 1956 SR-2 McLean SR Corvette was on display at the 2005 Bloomington Gold Show in the Special Collection XXI and is owned by John and Sally Neas of Tulsa Oklahoma. 1956 SR-2 McLean SR Corvette at the Bloomington Gold Corvette show in 2005. 1956 SR-2 McLean SR Corvette front grill. 1956 SR-2 McLean SR Corvette interior 1956 SR-2 McLean SR Corvette rear fin. 1956 SR-2 McLean SR Corvette at the Bloomington Gold 2005 Here are some other Corvettes that have been featured in Vette Vues Magazine: https://vette-vues.com/1957-corvette-sn-3963-283283-fi-historic-racer/ https://vette-vues.com/current-issue-preview/ https://vette-vues.com/join-our-blog/ Share with your family and friends...
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1956 Sebring Corvette Racer: Putting Corvette on the Map

1956 Sebring Corvette Racer: Putting Corvette on the Map

1956 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette News and Archives
Inducted into the Bloomington Gold Great Hall in 2010, our next feature car is a 1956 Sebring Corvette Racer and was owned by John and Sally Neas. This car is the only 1956 production Corvette in the Sebring event. [caption id="attachment_6908" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] 1956 Sebring Corvette Racer at the Bloomington Gold 2010 Great Hall[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6909" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] 1956 Sebring Corvette Racer at the Bloomington Gold 2010 Great Hall[/caption] As Chevrolet’s Chief Engineer, Ed Cole pushed to make the 1953 Motorama show car a Chevrolet production vehicle. The early years were rough, but the V8 came along in 1955, and designers penned a beautiful new body for 1956 Corvettes. Cole thought the time right to go racing. It started with a three-car effort at Daytona Beach in February 1956, where…
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