This 1956 Chevrolet 210 Del Ray will catch your eye with its classic two-tone and all that brightwork shine. But will really get you going is an authentic street machine setup with a dual-quad V8 and three-on-the-tree with overdrive. And when the full package is correct, right down to the Del Ray's specific interior, you can understand why this restored Chevy is already an award-winner.
We were told this was given a full frame-off restoration about 20 years ago, and the way it looks today certainly shows that quality work endures. The paint continues to have an attractive gloss, the doors have a smooth action, and it's highly detailed, right down to the red oxide paint underneath. So this one has collected plenty of awards, and it's easy to see why. The factory-correct India Ivory and Twilight Turquoise is a great 1950s color combo. Of course, what really sets it apart is the way the full-length trim is used to separate the two-tone along the body. And the brightwork is essential on these cars, because the jet-inspired hood ornament, artfully formed bumpers, and the 1956's exclusive grille are all part of what makes this such a legend. And you can tell the full package has been done with care, right down to the color-matched wheels with whitewalls to match the body's two-tone.
The turquoise and ivory theme continues on the inside. And not only is the color coordination important to the Del Ray, but also it's an exclusive package that gave the 210 Club Coupe its own specific interior pattern. The rectangle pattern on the seat and doors is quite distinctive, and it almost gives these Del Rays a pattern close to the custom tuck and roll design that the customizers did back in the day. The door panels, dash, carpeting, and headliner all continue this quality and coordinated presentation. Everything you love about these icons is still in place, including the fan-style gauge cluster, artful steering wheel, and Corvette-like dual-cowl dash. Just like the exterior, they spent extra time getting the details right. So while the general public will love the distinct Del Ray interior pattern, the fickle Chevy fans will marvel at the correct-style floor mats, working dome light, and AM radio that's still cranking out tunes.
Under the hood is proper Chevy small block power. The large triangle topper with dual air filters hanging off the sides signals that this one has the ultra-desirable dual four-barrel carburetor setup. And the restoration took the time to make sure this had an awesome period-correct showcase. This is why you have the red block with Chevrolet valve covers, Delco-Remy generator, and bright correct decals. The restoration story includes that the original V8 was not salvageable, and so they made a proper hot rod out of it with a larger (but still Tri-Five correct) 283 cubic-inch V8 with power-pack heads. You get to make the most out of this power with the column-shifted three-speed transmission featuring overdrive. The dual-quad V8 and overdrive trans were part of the factory options from Chevy in 1956, and so people who knew how to order the right car could get a performance-minded Del Ray that was more stylish than the 150-series but lighter than the Bel Airs. So it's cool to have a V8-VIN Del Ray built to those specs. You have likely already checked out the ultra-clean undercarriage. It not only makes for a stylish presentation, but also the newer components (bushings, springs, etc.) make for a car that feels solid going down the road.
The sale comes complete with restoration photos, receipts, and a service manual. This is a detailed build of a factory-style hot rod. And the way it drives today gives you a pure time machine feeling. So if you want to know what it felt like to be the king of the streets in '56, this Del Ray will take you there. Call today!!!