1956 Chevrolet 210 Handyman Wagon - SOLD
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he two-tone paint combination is straight out of the ‘50s, with aqua and pearl white glowing in the sun and accentuating that awesome 1956 chrome trim.

Rare Handyman 2-door wagon in great ‘50s colors. Modest upgrades including 350 cubic inch crate motor, 4-speed manual transmission, disc brakes, and chrome wheels with whitewall radials. Nice paint and interior. Great-looking ‘50s cruiser, ready to go!

Station wagons were always utilitarian machines until the Nomad made them glamorous. Perhaps that’s why we find this Handyman wagon so appealing—rarer than a Nomad with a much lower survival rate, yet retaining its everyman attitude. It’s not trying too hard, it just looks cool by being itself. The two-tone paint combination is straight out of the ‘50s, with aqua and pearl white glowing in the sun and accentuating that awesome 1956 chrome trim. The ’56 Chevys were made for two-tone paint jobs and the 210 trim looks upscale without erasing the working class roots underneath. Bodywork is quite nicely done, with straight sheetmetal, good panel gaps, and a hood that snugs down nicely, and the paint itself shines up very well. There are a few signs of use and a quarter-sized touch-up on top of the passenger-side headlight bucket, but the car makes a statement wherever it goes. A few professional pinstripes add a ‘50s custom touch without looking over-done and the crossed-flag emblems on the front fenders hint at the V8 living under the hood. And, of course, the chrome and stainless is in great shape—a substantial investment was required there and it’s holding up quite well. From any angle, this is a great-looking wagon!

The matching two-tone vinyl interior isn’t quite what the factory was doing but it has a traditional look and the bright colors ensure that it’s a great place to hang out. The two-door wagon is especially cool because of the split front bench and great proportions, while the rest is familiar 1956 Chevrolet. The factory steering wheel, instrument panel, and door hardware keep it authentic, while a few subtle upgrades like a digital AM/FM/cassette radio and the 4-speed Hurst shifter (check out the notch in the seat to clear the lever!) make it a lot more fun to drive today. Dark carpets anchor the whole thing and keep it from being pastel overload, and custom floor mats were created to match. Stewart Warner auxiliary gauges have a suitably vintage look and everything works except the clock. The back seat looks virtually unused and the cavernous cargo bay was finished with the same dark aqua carpets, making it a great choice for road trips and extended cruises.

Power comes from a familiar 350 cubic inch V8, and since there was a small block in this car in 1956, it bolted right in without any issues. It’s topped by an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and aluminum intake manifold, as well as Edelbrock valve covers and matching air cleaner. A big radiator keeps it cool under almost any circumstances and you’ll note that in addition to the disc brakes, there’s a modern dual master cylinder and proportioning valve to make them work right. It starts quickly and runs great, with an easy-going nature that fits with the laid-back wagon’s attitude. It’s punchy when you need it to be, but it’s not at all high strung.

Part of the fun comes from the 4-speed manual gearbox, which offers the right ratios to make the car feel quick off the line. It feeds the original rear end with what feel like 3.55 gears inside, so it’s a reasonable highway cruiser that doesn’t mind today’s traffic. New shocks give it a great ride and it’s been lowered just a touch to give it that awesome stance—not too much so that the ride is ruined, but it sure looks good! Long-tube headers feed a recent dual exhaust system that’s mellow and unobtrusive, with pipes that exit behind the rear wheels so you can drive with the rear window open. It isn’t detailed for show, of course, but it also means you can enjoy the car anywhere, anytime without worrying about weather or road conditions—until you’ve had a no-worries hobby car, that’s hard to understand. Chrome wheels with baby moon hubcaps give it a vintage performance look and staggered 215/70/15 front and 235/70/15 rear wide whitewall radials are exactly the right choice.

Extras include the original radio, some receipts, and a few miscellaneous spare parts.

We love station wagons and the 2-doors are the coolest of all. With great colors, a bright ‘50s look, and the potent engine, this one would be fun no matter what. But add in the manual transmission and it’s a different animal altogether. One of our favorite cruisers, ready to enjoy. Call today!

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1956 Chevrolet 210 Handyman Wagon
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 118037
Odometer Reading: 25,054
VIN: B56J002658
Engine: 350 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Gear Ratio: 3.55
Wheelbase: 115 inches
Wheels: 15-inch chrome wheels
Tires: 215/70/15 front, 235/70/15 rear BFGoodrich whitewall radials
Exterior Color: Tahoe Turquoise and Pearl White
Interior Color: Turquoise and white vinyl
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