In November 1955, the 1956 Chevrolet made its debut and quickly became the most popular new car in the nation. The esteemed Bel Air, the top-of-the-line model, was now presented in seven distinct body styles. Among them was the sleek two-door hardtop, designed for six passengers and marketed as the Sport Coupe.
The Bel Air boasted impressive features as standard, including chrome wheels, an electric clock, and a lockable glove box with lighting. It offered a range of power options, with the highlight being the 265-cubic-inch V-8 engine.
Surprisingly, the high-horsepower V-8 model weighed less than the six-cylinder cars, resulting in an exceptional power-to-weight ratio. This led to the 1956 V-8 Chevys earning the moniker “the Hot Ones” for their outstanding performance.