Wednesday 11th January 1956
The 1956-model Chevrolet Corvette was officially announced, a vast improvement over the first generation in almost every respect. At $3,120, the price had increased by only a nominal amount, around $200, over the previous year’s (V8-equipped) model. It featured a new body, a convertible top, optional power steering, real glass roll-up windows and an optional hardtop. The old six-engine was dropped, while the V8 was upped to 210 or 225 bhp, and 3-speed manual transmission became standard.