Brought back from near extinction, the Corvette returned better than ever in 1956. Now featuring concave sides with two-tone option, outside door handles, roll-up windows, and an optional removable hardtop, the Corvette was also the most civilized to date, and indeed caught the public’s eye. The sloppy 6-cylinder was dropped for the more powerful and fuel efficient Turbo-Fire 265 V8, and when mated to the close-ratio 3-speed manual gearbox, it offered a great package for sports car enthusiasts.
GM’s design change and increase in power provided the foundation for what the Corvette dynasty would be built upon with increasing sales year-to-year for the next decade.
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- 2-Speed Powerglide Automatic
- 3-Speed Manual
15.9 sec @ 91 mph
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