In our first installment this week of December’s 2016’s Ride of the Month nominations, we feature the 1956 Chevrolet Hardtop 210 presented by nominee Ed Molinari. Here is some general information about the ride.
Note: This is not information about the actual vehicle nominated for December’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the ride itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual rides nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.
The 1956 Chevrolet 210 is a second generation version of a midrange car that replaced the Styleline DeLuxe. It was more upscale than the 150 but less luxurious than the glitzy Bel Air. As more American vehicles were identified by numbers, Chevrolet simply shortened the 2100 production series number by a single digit, and the “210” started a five-year run extending from 1953 to 1957. The Biscayne replaced the Chevy 210 the following year.
1956 Chevrolet Hardtop 210 With Four Engine Options
The inline six base engine is the “Blue Flame,” a 235 cu-in, 140hp design with a single-barrel carburetor. Mated to a manual transmission with overdrive, it was capable of a 13.7-second 0-60 time. Theoretical top speed was 94 mph. Chevrolet also offered four versions of its eight-cylinder “Turbo Fire” 265 cu-in engine, including 162 hp and 170 hp models with two-barrel carburetors.
It also offered two more powerful Super Turbo Fire engines; a 205 hp design with a four-barrel carburetor and a 225 hp version with two four-barrel carburetors. Equipped with the more powerful engine and a manual with overdrive, the 210 hardtop was capable of a 9.2-second 0-60 time. However, the vast majority of these cars came equipped with the six-cylinder or eight-cylinder engines with two-barrel carburetors. Chevrolet offered a three-speed manual Synchromesh transmission and another one with overdrive. The two-speed Powerglide automatic was a third possibility.
Styling and Interior Appointments
The Chevy 210 features a 115-in wheelbase, and it is 197.5-in long. Curb weight ranged from approximately 3,150 to 3,350 lbs, depending on engine size and options. Chevrolet offered many of the Bel Air options in the 210, including power windows, seat adjuster, and the Powerglide automatic transmission. The Bel Air offered more exterior trim and interior appointments for approximately $100 more, one reason sales exceeded those of the 210.
The 1956 Chevrolet 210 two-door hardtop is especially popular with today’s collectors and enthusiasts, in part because seven times as many Bel Airs were produced. The so-called two-door “post” model is also coveted by today’s hot rodders. Those interested in standard restorations or restomods will find that parts and service are readily available. In fact, interior kits are available which include essentials like seat covers, preassembled door panels, and a cotton headliner.
Current valuations range from approximately $10,000 for a Chevy 210 hardtop in fair condition to more than $35,000 for a Concours-quality restoration.
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