1956 Chevrolet

1956 Chevrolets built in the U.S. - 1,626,843 - 1956 Chevrolet Model ID

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BEL AIR SERIES (24xx-10xx) TWO-TEN SERIES (21xx-10xx) ONE-FIFTY SERIES (15xx-12xx)
2-door Sedan
4-door Sedan
Sport Coupe
Sport Sedan
Convertible
4-door 9-passenger station wagon
Nomad
2-door Sedan
4-door Sedan
Club Coupe
Sport Coupe
Sport Sedan
2-door 6-passenger station wagon
4-door 6-passenger station wagon
4-door 9-passenger station wagon
2-door Sedan
4-door Sedan
Utility Sedan
2-door 6-passenger station wagon
Sedan Delivery

 

Serial Numbers  
  X56x001001
  The first 'X' is the series, the second 'x' is the assembly plant, the nnnnnn is the sequence number for that plant.
Series (6-cylinder) A - One-Fifty except 1508
B - Two-Ten
C - Bel Air
D - Sedan Delivery
Series (8-cylinder) VA - One-Fifty except 1508
VB - Two-Ten
VC - Bel Air
VD - Sedan Delivery
Assembly Plants A (or AG) - Atlanta
CL - Cleveland (station wagon, sedan delivery)
F - Flint
J - Janesville (also station wagon)
K - Kansas City
L - Lansing (cabriolet, hardtop coupe)
M - Baltimore
N - Norwood
O - Oakland
S - St. Louis (also station wagon)
T - Tarrytown
VN - Van Nuys

* All plants built hardtop coupes and all plants except Oakland built four-door hardtop sedans (sport sedans)

Engine Serial Number

Position Character(s) Description
1-6 Unit Number 001001-001xxx
7 F Engine assembly plant
8-9 56 Model year
Z Size/HP/Carburetion/Transmission Z - Regular engine (6-cylinder)
ZC - RPO 227 (H.D. Clutch)
Y - RPO 313 (Powerglide transmission)

V8 engines
G - 162hp
GJ - w/RPO 227 (H.D. Clutch)
GL - w/RPO 410
GK - with FOA 110 (air conditioning)
GM - w/RPO 410 & FOA 110
GS - w/RPO 411
GT - w/RPO 411
GC - w/RPO 315 (overdrive transmission)
GE - w/RPO 315 & RPO 410
GN - w/RPO 315, RPO 410, & FOA 110

F - w/RPO 313
FH - w/RPO 313, & RPO 411
FB - w/RPO 313, and RPO 410
FC - w/RPO 313 & FOA 110
FD - w/RPO 313, RPO 410, & FOA 110

Starting unit number (6 & 8 cylinder engines are numbered separately) starting with 001001 and up at each plant.
11/1/55. Revised 5/9/56

Caveat: ** Multiple sources were used to obtain engine codes and several did not agree.
(1) - GM Restoration Kit
(2) - Alan Colvin's "...by the numbers"

Engine Specifications - 235

Bore 3.56
Stroke 3.94
Cubic inch displacement 235.5 cid
Compression ratio 7.5:1
Horsepower 140 hp @ 4200 RPM
Torque 210 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

GM Heritage PDF file of specifications/options/etc.