A single owner of 1956 Chevy Bel Air Flexes Supercharged V8, Drag Racing Heritage
Originally shipped with a small block 4.3-liter V8 and a two-speed Powerglide, it was converted to a three-speed manual and gained a four-cylinder carburetor in 1963. Until 1971 it used a 6 , 7-liter, a 5.4-liter with a Holley, then a 6.6-liter with LT1 heads. It has been raced ten times in this configuration.
The transmission layout has remained under the hood to this day, but it also gained a Paxton centrifugal compressor and a 4.11 posi. And before it can be said that this is no longer a Bel Air by the numbers, the seller is also offering the original twin-barrel V8 and Powerglide drivetrain. The engine has been disassembled and restored, so it’s good to get back under the hood.
The list of original parts still available includes the wheels, hubcaps, radio and steering wheel. The sale also includes a Holley 4500 Dominator, an ignition system and an additional posi unit.
The only problem with this sale is that the ad does not include the current photos. The photos are not attributed to a particular era, but you can tell they are quite old, possibly taken a few decades ago. There is also a photo showing the car being stored in a garage under a blanket and a video of it being driven in 2011.
The photos and video suggest that the car is still in excellent condition inside and out. The car underwent a partial frame restoration and repainted in 1990, so many of these photos were probably taken right after that.
I have to admit it’s a bit sketchy, but the seller will likely provide current photos upon request. But of course, no one really buys a classic that’s based purely on pictures, so taking a trip to see it in metal in Jenkintown, Pa. Is the right thing to do.
Free on eBay by franks56, the Bel Air has only one offer at $ 25,000 with nearly 36 hours to go. The reserve has not been met and is probably closer to the $ 32,500 “buy it now” sticker. The low bid may have something to do with the old photos, but this Bel Air might end up being a bit of a bargain compared to similar cars of the time.