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Old 09-03-2019, 12:08 AM   #1
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...that ALL 1956 convertibles were two tone, except for a single very late build example that was painted in a single color - Inca Silver, which was only available in 1956 on Corvettes?


I don't doubt the provenance of this car, but was it the only single color 1956 convertible from the factory?
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Old 09-03-2019, 05:51 AM   #2
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...that ALL 1956 convertibles were two tone, except for a single very late build example that was painted in a single color - Inca Silver, which was only available in 1956 on Corvettes?


I don't doubt the provenance of this car, but was it the only single color 1956 convertible from the factory?
If you read the build theres a few other points that standout.
They claim that the rear quarter panel crests were installed upside down from the factory.
Some other items standout, the fuel tank is painted black, anybody pick out other items except the cd player in the tissue box
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I would say that it definitely is not true. On page 128 of the 1956 dealers showroom album it states that 1956 Belair convertibles were available in many different solid colors with a limited choice of 4 different top colors depending on the exterior color chosen.
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It is a very nice '56 (judging from most of the photos) and the owner has an extremely nice collection of cars/tractors/etc... but the story that goes along with this '56 is... malarkey. After reading thru that, I'd be suspicious if *everything* on the car was the same BS! The owner of that car likely bought another Seller's BS story ... as such stories generally accompany cars for sale...

1) If the inca silver paint was not being used in the 1956 model year, then the Fisher plant and the assembly plant would NOT have it in their paint shops.

2) The fact that Corvettes were painted inca silver in 1956, would have no bearing at all since Corvettes were only produced in St Louis.

BUT... those facts mean nothing at all, since 1956 paint code 752 was for a solid color (one tone) Inca Silver paint and was available on ALL Bel Air and 210 series cars. And I didn't see a photo of the cowl plate in that BS story, or did I miss it? edit: I went back and found one of his photos had a PHOTO of the cowl plate posted in front of the car... code 752 as it should be. So why the malarkey about the paint??


The upside down emblem (ignorant restorer) and painted fuel tank (anal restorer)... More BS from someone...
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I question the build sheet underneath the seat. My understanding is that wasn't done in 1956.

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Build sheet? It was my understanding those weren't done until about 60-61 or after.
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I didn't mean to have it picked apart ... but why not? That's what we do!

The delivery sheet, likely typed up long, long after 1956, shows the radio twice? Were such sheets actually provided when a car was delivered in 1956?

That's one of the worse fitting convertible tops I've ever seen. Full of wrinkles. For the money put into this car you'd think they would have paid more attention to the top.

Modern equipment added - battery, braking system. Incorrect oil filler cap. Floor mats not even close. Thermostat housing gasket probably would have been covered with paint. The crest story sounds bogus to me. The non-original equipment brings into question whether or not the entire car is as original or unique as described.
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restored in 93, so who really knows whats true. still a good looking 56, thanks for sharing.
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My wife has a '56 convertible that is solid black. So no, they were not all two-tone.
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