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1953-1962 Corvette Shop Service Repair Manual

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00: Cover & Introduction / Free PDF Download 1956-1957 Corvette Engineering Achievements


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Presented here are the engineering features of the new and challenging Chevrolet Corvette for 1956. Its performance, handling stability and luxury ride are designed to please the most critical sports car enthusiast.


E. N. Cole Chief Engineer


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The Chevrolet Corvette for 1956 is a new and challenging car. with numerous styling changes as well as many new luxury and convenience features. A more powerful V-8 engine. a new three-speed transmission and a new rear axle comprise the power combination.


Outwardly, areas extensively restyled include front and rear fenders, hood and side panels. A power-operated convertible top and a removable plastic hardtop with wrap-around rear window are available for 1956.


The interior reflects changes in seat and sidewall trim, a racing type steering wheel and new transmission control. Lowering side windows, with optional power window lifts, and swing-out door hinges provide greater convenience and make possible improved door sealing.


A more powerful 265 cubic inch V -8 engine with four-barrel carburetor is the result of new high compression cylinder heads and new exhaust manifolds. Optional dual four-barrel carburetors, when added to this improved engine, provide a gross horsepower of 225. As regular equipment, a new three-speed transmission with numerically low, closely stepped ratios and a new rear axle are provided for use with the more powerful engines.




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