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1956 Chevrolet Corvette C1
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1956 Corvette Specs

Body Specs

Wheelbase 102 inches
Front Track 57.00 inches
Rear Track 59.00 inches
Length 168.01 inches
Width 70.46 inches
Height (at Windshield) 51.09 inches
Turning Circle 36.55 feet (right); 36.93 feet (left)
Steering ratio 16:1
Shipping Weight
(fuel and water not included)
2,730 lbs. (manual transmission)
2,845 lbs. (automatic transmission)
Axle Ratio 3.70:1; Optional: 3.27:1, 4.11:1
Tire Size 6.70-15 4 Ply Rating


Engine Specs

Type: V8
Valve Location: In Head
Bore / Stroke: 3.750" / 3.00"
Displacement: 265 Cubic Inches
Compression Ratio: 9.25 : 1
Maximum Brake Horsepower: 195 @ 5,000 RPM
225 @ 5,200 RPM with two four barrel carburetors Code 469
240 with high-lift camshaft Code 449
Maximum Torque: 260 lb. ft. @ 3,000 RPM
270 @ 3,600 RPM with two four barrel carburetors Code 469
Crankshaft Material: Drop Forged Steel
Crankshaft Weight: 47.75 lbs.
Piston Weight: 18.77 oz.
Recommended Idle: 425 (In Drive)
Camshaft Material: Cast Alloy Iron
Oil Pump Type: Gear
Normal Oil Pressure 30 psi @ 1170 - 1200 RPM
Oil Pressure Gauge Electric
Crankcase Oil Capacity (less filter) 4 Quarts
Recommended Oil Grade Above 32°: SAE 20W or 30W
To 0°: SAE 10W or 10W-30
To -10°: SAE 10W
Below 0°: SAE 5W or 5W-20
Sustained high speed driving, above 90°, SAE 30
Fuel Tank 16.4 Gallons
Fuel Filter Strainer (in fuel tank)
Fuel Pump Mechanical
Fuel Pressure 4 - 5¼ psi
Carburetor Carter WCFB 2366SA
Carburetor
Optional dual four barrel carburetors Code 469
Carter WCFB 2419S (front) / WCFB 2362S (rear)
Cooling System Capacity (without heater) 16 Quarts
Cooling System Capacity (with heater) 17 Quarts
Thermostat Opening 160° F
Battery Delco 25M53W (12 volt, nine plate)
53 Amp-hour @ 20 hour rate

Ignition System
Coil Delco-Remy 1115091
Coil current rating 4 amps (engine stopped)
1.8 amps (engine running)
Breaker Gap .016 - .021"
Ignition Timing 4° BTC @ idle
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance 13 ¾° @ 1,750 RPM
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance 13 ¾° @ 15" Hg.
Spark Plug AC 43-5R
Spark Plug Thread 14 mm.
Spark Plug Torque 20 - 25 lb.-ft.
Spark Plug Gap .033" - .038"
Firing Order 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2

1956 Corvette Options

RPO Description Production Price
101 Heater n/a $123.65
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking 2,717 (78.37%) $198.90
107 Parking Brake Alarm 2,685 (77.44%) $5.40
108 Courtesy Lights 2,775 (80.04%) $8.65
109 Windshield Washers 2,815 (81.19%) $11.85
290 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 n/a $32.30
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission n/a $188.50
419 Auxiliary Hardtop 2,076 (59.88%) $215.20
426 Power Windows 547 (15.78%) $64.60
440 Two-Tone Paint Combination 1,259 (36.31%) $19.40
449 Special High-Lift Camshaft 111 (3.20%) $188.30
469 265ci, 225hp Engine (2 4 bbl. carburetors) 3,080 (88.84%) $172.20
471 Rear Axle, 3.27:1 ratio n/a n/a
473 Power Operated Folding Top 2,682 (77.36%) $107.60

Total Production: 3,467
Convertible: 3,467 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette with 265 cu. in. engine and three speed manual transmission: $3,120.00

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
Onyx Black 810 (23.36%) Red Black / White Black
Aztec Copper 402 (11.60%) Beige Beige / White Copper
Cascade Green 290 (8.36%) Beige Beige / White Green
Arctic Blue 390 (11.25%) Beige / Red Beige / White Blue
Venetian Red 1,040 (30.00%) Red Beige / White Red
Polo White 532 (15.34%) Red Black / White Red

Notes: Interior quantities: Beige: 887; Red: 2,580.


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