1956 Corvette Specifications

Corvette sales recovered to 3,467 with a slick, all-new 1956 model. The old six was dropped, while the V-8 was upped to 210 or 225 bhp, and manual transmission became standard, garnering praise from sports-car enthusiasts. Here are the specifications for the 1956 Corvette:

The 1956 Corvette improved performance dramatically, with 0-60 in as little as 7.5 seconds.
The 1956 Corvette improved performance dramatically, with 0-60 in
as little as 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph.

Vehicle Specifications
Convertible
Wheelbase, inches 102.0
Length, inches
168.0
Width, inches
70.5
Track, inches
front: 57.0 rear: 59.0
Height, inches
51.9
Curb Weight, pounds
3,020

Mechanical Specifications (2-door convertible)

Suspension
front: Independent; unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, antiroll bar, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers
rear: Live axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, antiroll bar, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers

Wheels/Tires
6.70x15

Brakes
front: 11-inch drum
rear: 11-inch drum

Transmission
3-speed manual (std)
2-speed Powerglide (opt)

Standard axle ratio
3.70:1

Engine Specifications

Typeohv V-8ohv V-8ohv V-8
Displacement, liters/cu inch4.34/265.0
4.34/265.0 4.34/265.0
Bore x stroke, inches3.75 x 3.003.75 x 3.003.75 x 3.00
Fuel Management1 x 4-bbl. 2 x 4-bbl.2 x 4-bbl.
Horsepower @ rpm210 @ 5600225 @ 5600240 @ 5600
Torque @ rpm, pound-foot270 @ 3200270 @ 3600270 @ 5200

Published Performance Numbers

Acceleration
225 hp, 3-sp man.
0-60 mph, sec
7.3
0-100 mph, sec
20.7
1/4-mile, sec
15.8

(Source: Road & Track)

Vehicle Production and Base Prices

Car Type
Production
Price
2-door convertible
3,467
$3,120.00

Options and Production

Option
Production
Price
Heater
NA
$123.65
AM Radio, signal seeking
2,717
198.90
Parking Brake Alarm
2,685
5.40
Courtesy Lights
2,775
8.65
Windshield Washer
2,815
11.85
Whitewall Tires, 6.70 x 15
NA
32.30
Powerglide Automatic Transmission
NA
188.50
Auxiliary Hardtop
2,076
215.20
Power Windows
547
64.60
Two-Tone Paint
1,259
19.40
High-Lift Camshaft
111
188.30
225 hp Engine
3,080
172.20
Rear Axle, 3.27:1
NA
0.00
Power Operated Folding Top2,682
107.60

Color Choices and Production

Color Choice
Production Color Choice
Production
Onyx Black
810
Aztec Copper
402
Cascade Green
290
Arctic Blue
390
Venetian Red
1,043
Polo White
532

Learn about other Corvettes in this generation:

1953 Corvette
1954 Corvette
1955 Corvette
1956 Corvette
1957 Corvette
1958 Corvette
1959 Corvette
1960 Corvette
1961 Corvette
1962 Corvette


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