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1956 Chevrolet Corvette C1

1956 Chevrolet Corvette C1

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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.


1956 Corvette