Up to this point in history, the Corvettes were not selling very well. Corvette decided to change that by offering bigger engines, better handling, options, and new styling. The projecting taillights were removed and were placed into the fender. The side of the car received a large scallop. This was similar to the Cadillac LeSalle II and Buick Wildcat II. Roll-up windows became available, outside door handles, and an optional power system for the convertible top.
The new V8 option was about 40 pounds lighter than the V6 option. It was also shorter and lower which meant better weight distribution throughout the vehicle. With the standard Carter four-barrel carburetor, 210 horsepower was produced. By adding the optional second four-barrel carburetor, the horsepower was increased to 225.
The 1956 Corvette was able to climb to the top of the 12.5 mile Pikes Peak in a record 17 minutes and 24 seconds. The enthusiasm did not catch on. So they decided to beat their competition at top speed. The Jaguar XK-120 was capable of 130 mph, and the Mercedes gull-wing 300SL could do 140-146 mph. At Daytona on the sandy beach the Corvette ran two certified runs that averaged 150.5 miles per hour.
Four cars were entered into the 12-hour Sebring race. The results were disappointing. Two Corvettes did not finish, while the other two received a 15th place finish, and a 9th place finish.In February 1956, a General Motors factory team arrived at Daytona Beach looking for a speed record. Three specially prepared Corvettes, driven by John Flitch, Betty Skelton and Zora Arkus-Duntov, achieved their moment of glory when one of the Corvettes broke the 150 mph mark. This was an incredible high speed for a production car.
A month after the record breaking Daytona run, this 1956 Corvette was the Class B winner, 9th overall, at the 1956 Sebring 12-Hour Race driven by John Fitch and Walter Hansgen. It is fitted with a 307 cubic inch engine coupled to a 4-speed ZF transmission.
Following this summer of 1956 performance, Chevy's ad department touted the triumph in national ads calling the Corvette, 'The Real McCoy!'1956 was an important year for the Corvette line. Introduced at the General Motors Motorama show in New York City, the Corvette shocked Americans with its new, unique, and sporty attitude. Basically, the only thing that didn't change from the previous years, was the instrument panel.
The Corvette's shape was redesigned this year, it separated itself from the '55 with a more flowing design and a two-toned body. It had a rounded trunk with a removable hard top. Its sides incorporated the two-tones with a sweeping knife like shape, one that would mark the Corvette with one of its most distinguishing characteristics of all time. Optional were power windows, which at this time was unusual for a 'sports car'. Not only did the Corvette come with the removable hard-top, it also came with the optional power folding top, a trend that remains popular today. Also, other options were AM radio, windshield wipers, and a parking brake alarm. The only engine that was available was the 265-cubic-inch V8, which pumped 210 horses. This model, would also for the first time, exhibit the three-speed manual transmission.Kyle McMullen
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1,567,117 total vehicles produced by Chevrolet in 1956 The 1956 Chevrolet Corvette C1 accounted for 0.2% of Chevrolet's 1,567,117 production.