31 October 2012

Collection of Wim Zegwaard

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Lot 114

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

  • Chassis no. VC56L021531

Sold for £42,560

170 hp, 265 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine, single two-barrel carburetor, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115 in.

• Sierra Gold with Adobe Beige

• Only 2,400 miles since frame-off restoration

• Power steering

• Offered from the Zegwaard Collection

Unquestionably, 1955 was a big year for Chevrolet, with the introduction of their all-new 265 CID pushrod V-8, with power offering starting at 162 horsepower. Just as importantly, there was a striking new body to house the light and potent engine. Thanks to subtle changes to the grille, parking lights, bumpers, and tail lamps, the 1956 was even better looking.

With more power and less weight than the six-cylinder models, Chevrolet was soon marketing its full-size cars as “the hot ones”. Thanks to the superb engine, Chevrolet also set new speed records and won many races. In 1956, Chevrolet finished first at the annual Pike’s Peak Hill Climb and the legendary Smokey Yunick set a 24-hour average speed record for U.S. production cars.

The best-equipped of the Chevrolet line, the Bel Air featured better trim and greater amenities. Chrome wheel covers were standard, there was additional chrome exterior trim, and the carpets were deep pile. The Bel Air was the only convertible option.

Purchased by the Mr Zegwaard in America, this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible still wears its California ‘black plates’ and is finished in Sierra Gold and Adobe Beige with a correct two-tone vinyl interior. Optional equipment includes a rear-mounted spare tire, power steering, a radio, and it, of course, has a power roof. With little mileage since a careful restoration, this Bel Air remains in fine condition, with stunning paint and excellent chrome. Our specialists found this attractive Bel Air convertible to start easily from cold, and they report that it ran well, making it ready for show or touring.

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