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1956 Chevrolet 150 and 210

1956 Chevrolet Two-Ten sedan
The 1956 Chevrolet 210 sedan's
two-tone paint emphasized its clean lines.

Four 1956 Chevrolet 150 models and eight 1956 Chevrolet 210s went on sale that model year, including a pair of 210 pillar-less hardtops: a two-door Sport Coupe and new four-door Sport Sedan.

A nine-passenger Beauville station wagon joined the 210 lineup, giving Chevrolet a total of six suburban haulers. The Delray coupe returned, too, rounding out the 210 selection.

Even a looks-tame 210 sedan promised "quick and nimble ways," with up to 225 horsepower available from a 265-cubic-inch V-8 carrying twin four-barrel carbs -- the same engine as offered in the Corvette.

A chrome "V" on the hood revealed the presence of V-8 power, starting with the basic 162-horsepower version. Inside, dashboards repeated the symmetrical look from '55.

In each series, proclaimed the sales brochure, "fine-car quality has been delightfully blended with heart-stirring, high-stepping performance." Properly equipped, an ordinary Chevrolet could reach 60 mph in under 10 seconds. Not even the venerable six was forgotten, earning a boost to 140 horsepower.

Ads promoted "frisky new make the going sweeter and the passing safer." Chevrolet once again beat Ford in sales -- though not by much -- but competition was heating up as the horsepower wars continued, and no one could count on staying in the number one spot forever.

1956 Chevrolet Two-Ten sedan
This 1956 Chevrolet 210 sedan
shows off the optional Continental body kit.

1956 Chevrolet 150 and 210 Facts


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