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1956 Corvette Production and Performance Numbers


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Model Year Highlights:

  • 1956 was the first redesign of the Corvette.
  • 1956 was the first year that a factory hardtop was offered as an option for Corvette.
  • Dual four-barrel carburetors
  • Roll-up windows and external door handles
  • Sculpted side coves (which allowed for two-tone paint jobs)
  • Transistorized AM radios
  • Power-operated folding soft top
  • Seat belts

Available Options
RPO Description MFG's Price Production
2934 Base Convertible $3,176.32 3,467
101 Heater $123.65 NA
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking $198.90 2,717
107 Parking Brake Alarm $5.40 2,685
108 Courtesy Lights $8.65 2,775
109 Windshield Washers $11.85 2,815
290 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 $32.30 NA
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission $188.30 NA
419 Auxiliary Hardtop $215.20 2,076
426 Power Windows $59.20 379
440 Two-Tone Paint Combination $19.40 2,797
449 Special High Lift Camshaft $188.30 111
469 265ci, 225hp Engine $172.20 3,080
471 Rear Axle Ratio, 3.27:1 $0.00 NA
473 Power Oriented Folding Top $107.60 2,682
Total Production (all convertibles):  3,467

Color Options
RPO Exterior Interior Soft Top Production
NA Onyx Black Red White/Black 810
709 Aztec Copper Beige White/Beige 402
712 Cascade Green Beige White/Beige 290
713 Arctic Blue Beige/Red White/Beige 390
714 Venetian Red Red White/Beige 1,043
718 Polo White Red White/Black 532

1956 Corvette Color Combination Production Numbers

Performance Review
Magazine GM Spec. Sports Cars Illust
Pub. Date   May 1956
Engine NA RPO 469
Transmission NA NA
Axle NA 3.55
0-30 mph NA 3.4 sec
0-40 mph NA 4.6 sec
0-50 mph NA 6.0 sec
0-60 mph NA 7.5 sec
0-70 mph NA 10.0 sec
0-80 mph NA NA
0-90 mph NA NA
0-100 mph NA 19.3 sec
1/4 Mile (sec/mph) NA 15.9/91.0
Top Speed NA 120 mph
Braking NA NA
Handling NA NA