November 23, 1954 – GM produces its 50,000,000th car

The 50 millionth vehicle manufactured by General Motors in the United States left a Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, Michigan on this day in 1954. This special car was a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe that was painted gold inside and out and featured more than 600 parts plated in 24 karat gold.

The 50 millionth GM car headed down the assembly line.

The Bel Air was equipped with a 265 cubic inch V-8 engine, powerglide transmission, air conditioning, power brakes, power steering, power seats, electric windshield wipers and a signal seeking radio, making it a true top of line vehicle.

The milestone was celebrated by GM nationwide. The company opened the doors to 114 factories and 11 centers across the USA in a day long open house to promote the achievement. Each of the more than one million visitors across the nations received a souvenir Golden CARnival coin and a 40 page booklet titled General Motors Builds Its First 50 Million Cars.

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