A dry, arid environment is a wonderful spot for preserving a classic automobile. That’s probably one of the reasons why this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air has lasted so long so well and is in the pristine condition it is today. This bow-tie hardtop was sold from a dealer in sun-drenched New Mexico for $2,500 and went on to spend the first several decades of its existence motoring around the bone-dry desert roads. It only came to the Chicagoland area in the 1980’s and now belongs to Phillip Bianco, Jr.
Prior to its arrival in Illinois, the Bel Air made a stop in Texas for a full overhaul by Bob Van Boluis, who returned the rolling shoebox to showroom-fresh condition. The chromed beauty features attractive two-tone Sierra Gold and Adobe Beige paint. It also sports power steering, power brakes and factory air conditioning – a must have for those days gone by of cruising around New Mexico. A 256ci V8 engine is mounted underhood, fitted with a four-barrel carburetor while spent fumes are routed out through dual exhaust. A Powerglide transmission shifts the gears for those summer nights when Phillip heads to area cruise nights and shows.
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