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 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.