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Lot Shots Find of the Week: 1956 Chevy Bel-Air Two-Door Coupe

A parking lot is a parking lot is a parking lot—unless it’s the Summit Racing parking lot. On any given day or time, the lot outside a Summit Racing store can turn into an impromptu mini car show, depending on who’s stopped by the store. On Wednesday, we often share a notable parking lot find—another benefit of being Powered by Summit Racing Equipment.

Among the three model years of the ultra-popular Tri-Fives, the 1957 Chevy is the vehicle most coveted by collectors. There’s also significant love out there for the 1955 Chevy as it is the biggest star in a standout group of cars that made 1955 the #3 Model Year in Hot Rod History.

But there is something special about underdogs. About things we don’t see every day. And that’s how we felt about this beautiful 1956 Chevy spotted outside of the Summit Racing retail store in Tallmadge, OH.

That it was nice to see a well-done ’56.

And that we needed to share it with you.

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  1. Mark Koenig says:

    Nice ’56! I’ve always liked them. Question: I see a lot of car pictures on the internet with the license plate smudged out. Since the license plate is required by law to be publicly displayed on a car, why smudge a picture of one?

    • AnalogDan Wilson says:

      Very nice indeed, Mark. My Father bought one when new. It came with the popular “Power Pack” engine option which included the potent 265 cubic inch V-8 with a 4-barrel carb and dual exhaust. Power shifting the 3-speed manual transmission with the standard “three on the tree” shifter took plenty of practice but I can still hear that sweet small block scream at redline with each missed shift. .

      I’m surprised that someone in the know didn’t answer your question about the license tag being obscured but I will take a guess. Anytime the vehicle is being operated upon a public highway it’s required by law to have a valid registration tag or tags along with the small decal used to indicate the annual renewal of the vehicle registration.

      When the vehicle is part of a display or being photographed for reproduction in a widely distributed publication such as your favorite automotive magazine or any other news or social media available to the general public, the vehicles tag is sometimes obscured at the owners request for personal privacy reasons or to prevent evil doers from easily finding out the vehicles location through information that’s available to the public at large. Bad stuff could happen…bummer for real .

      That’s my best guess. Hopefully a better reply will come along because it’s a good question.

  2. OnAllCylinders says:

    This is typically done as a courtesy for privacy reasons.

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