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1956 Chev Exterior

Here's some 1956 Trivia for you. In 1956 the average income was $4454.00 a year and the average house was $11,725.00. Milk sold for $0.97 a gallon, gas for $0.22 a gallon, and bread for $0.18 a loaf. The minimum wage was $1.00 an hour. My 1956 Chevy cost $1912.00 and had a production run of 205,545 cars.

Don't let the fact that this is a Minnesota car worry you. I have seen Arizona cars with more rust than this one. Emma, the original owner, did not drive the car in the winter and kept it garaged, and I have carried on the same tradition. No body panels, fenders, doors, etc. have been replaced on the car. Even the rocker panels and floor supports under the car are totally original and in excellent condition. Everything is the original metal.

This shot shows how straight the body is. Before the car was repainted it was disassembled. The trim, door handles, bumpers, fenders, tailights, etc. were all removed. The car was hand stripped with Zip Strip and properly prepared for painting. The car has never been in an accident. At one time I had pictures of the car stripped to bare metal. I'm not sure I could find them today. I took them before the time of digital photography and the computer.

There aren't a bunch of ripples down the side of the car. All the trim pieces line up properly and are in show condition. There are no dents, scratches, dings, etc. The doors do not sag and have even gaps around all edges.

This 1956 Chevy weighs 3167 pounds and has a 115 inch wheel base. It rides and drives wonderfully. The shocks, ball joints, springs, tires, etc. are all good for a comfortable ride.This is a wonderful car in very good condition. Remember, I have owned the car for 36 years!

The car is a beautiful Tropical Turquioise and India Ivory two tone. It's a perfect 50's color and a correct color choice for 1956. I love it. The car was originally all turquioise and I couldn't resist the two tone when the car was repainted. It is a lacquer paint with a clear coat that was applied many years ago. It has held up well over time, but is showing it's age in a few spots. See some of the close-up photos for details.

Here's a closer look at the back of the car to show the excellent quality from all angles.

The bumper, grill, emblem, headlights (original T-3), hood bar (with a slight crack in it) etc. are all original in in excellent condition. I have been told that reproduction bumpers are not as strong as my originals. I have been warned against using a bumper jack on reproduction bumpers. I don't know if there is any truth to this, but I am resisting the urge to replace my original bumpers for reproduction ones that are shiny and new.

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