1956 Chevrolet Corvette

1956 Corvette Performance & Specifications

Powertrain, Steering, Brakes, Dimensions, & Suspension

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Chevrolet Introduced the Corvette in 1953

The end of the 1955 model year left Chevrolet executives questioning the direction in which they should take the Corvette. After all, they had addressed the issue of performance by introducing the small-block V-8 engine and a 3-speed manual transmission as options for consumers to include in their cars.

For more: 1956 Corvette Research Guide

1956 Corvette Specifications

1956 Corvette Main Specs

MODEL: 1956 Chevrolet Corvette
BODY STYLE: Two-door convertible, front-engine, rear wheel drive
MANUFACTURING LOCATION: St. Louis, Missouri
CONSTRUCTION: Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP or “fiberglass”) body, steel frame with steel and chrome structural & chassis components.
VEHICLE NUMBERS (VIN): E56S001001 THRU E56S004467
VIN PREFIX: FG: 265 CUBIC INCH, 225 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
FK: 265 CUBIC INCH, 210 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
GR: 265 CUBIC INCH, 225 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
GU: 265 CUBIC INCH, 240 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
GV: 265 CUBIC INCH, 210 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ENGINE BLOCK NUMBER: 3720991: ALL
HEAD NUMBER: 3725306: 265 CUBIC INCH, 210 HORSEPOWER, 225 HORSEPOWER (2-BOLT EXHAUST MANIFOLDS)
3731762: 265 CUBIC INCH, 225 HORSEPOWER, 240 HORSEPOWER (3-BOLT EXHAUST MANIFOLDS)
CARBURETOR NUMBERS: CARTER 2362S #3720953: 265 CUBIC INCH, 225/240 HP (REAR CARBURETOR)
CARTER 2366S A #3733246: 265 CUBIC INCH, 210 HP
CARTER 2419S #3730599: 265 CUBIC INCH, 225/240 HP (REAR CARBURETOR)
DISTRIBUTOR NUMBER: 1110872: 265 CUBIC INCH, 225 HORSEPOWER (EARLY PRODUCTION)
1110879: 265 CUBIC INCH, 225 HORSEPOWER (LATE PRODUCTION)
GENERATOR NUMBER: 1102043: ALL
STARTER NUMBER: 1107627: ALL
PRODUCTION ENDING VEHICLE: AUGUST, 1956: 003844

1956 C1 Corvette Engine

1956 Corvette Engine & Transmission

ENGINE: 4.3 OHV V-8, Normally Aspirated, Water Cooled, 1×4 Barrel Carburetor
BLOCK MATERIAL: Cast Iron
VALVE TRAIN: OHV, 2 valves per cyl.
TORQUE: 270 lb-ft @ 3,200 rpm
MAX. ENGINE RPM: N/A
DISPLACEMENT: 4.34 Litre/265 Cubic Inches
CYLINDER HEAD MATERIAL: Cast Iron
FUEL DELIVERY: Single 4 Barrel Carburetor
RECOMMENDED FUEL: N/A
BORE: 3.75 x 3.00 inches
COMPRESSION RATIO: 8.00:1
HORSEPOWER: 210 HP @ 5,600 RPM
EST. MPG: N/A
TRANSMISSION: 3-SPEED MANUAL (STANDARD),  2-SPEED POWERGLIDE AUTOMATIC. (OPTIONAL)
STANDARD AXLE RATIO: 3.70:1

 

ENGINE: 4.3 OHV V-8, Normally Aspirated, Water Cooled, 2×4 Barrel Carburetor
BLOCK MATERIAL: Cast Iron
VALVE TRAIN: OHV, 2 valves per cyl.
TORQUE: 270 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm
MAX. ENGINE RPM: N/A
DISPLACEMENT: 4.34 Litre/265 Cubic Inches
CYLINDER HEAD MATERIAL: Cast Iron
FUEL DELIVERY: Dual 4 Barrel Carburetors
RECOMMENDED FUEL: N/A
BORE: 3.75 x 3.00 inches
COMPRESSION RATIO: 8.00:1
HORSEPOWER: 225/240 HP @ 5600 RPM
EST. MPG: N/A
TRANSMISSION: 3-SPEED MANUAL (STANDARD),  2-SPEED POWERGLIDE AUTOMATIC. (OPTIONAL)
STANDARD AXLE RATIO: 3.70:1

1956 Corvette Car Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions Interior Dimensions
Wheelbase: 102 Inches Headroom: N/A
Overall Length: 168 Inches Shoulder Room: N/A
Total Body Width: 70.5 Inches Hip Room: N/A
Overall Height: 52 Inches Leg Room: N/A
Front Track Width: 56.7 Inches
Rear Track Width: 58.8 Inches

 

Capacities
Passenger Capacity: 2 Passengers
Curb Weight (LBS/KG): 3,020/1,370
Cargo Volume (CU.FT/LITERS): N/A
Fuel Capacity (GALLONS/LITERS): N/A
 Engine Oil Capacity (QTS./LITERS): 5.5

1956 Corvette Wheels, Suspension & Brakes

Wheels & Tires
Front Tires: 6.70 x 15 inch, 24 psi.
Rear Tires: 6.70 x 15 inch, 24 psi.
Front Wheels: Steel disc with safety rims. 15 x 5k
Rear Wheels: Steel disc with safety rims.  15 x 5k

 

Suspension
Front: Independent; upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, antiroll bar, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers.
Rear: Live axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers

 

Brakes
Front: Hydraulic Drum Brakes. 11 inch drums
Rear: Hydraulic Drum Brakes. 11 inch drums

1956 C1 Corvette Performance

Published Track Test Performance Results
0-30 MPH: 2.9 Seconds
0-60 MPH: 7.4 Seconds
0-100 MPH: 20.8 Seconds
Quarter Mile: 15.90 Seconds @ 88.0 mph
Top Speed: 129 MPH