Welcome to the THE H.A.M.B. forums.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

Go Back   THE H.A.M.B. > General Discussion > The Hokey Ass Message Board

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-19-2012, 09:54 AM   #1
The Jalopy Journal
FNG
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 13
Default The 50 Millionth GM

After my something-millionth Ford post, I started to wonder how General Motors was progressing in their million car milestones, and it turns out they celebrated a really big one on November 23, 1954:...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 10:06 AM   #2
Flat-N-Low
Senior Member
 
Flat-N-Low's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Apple Valley, California
Posts: 1,388
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Cool post!

I think it's really cool that the 50 Millionth Car was the '55 Chevy, which in my opinion, was the car that propelled Chevrolet to a position of dominance for decades afterward. That car may be the most significant car (besides the Corvette) that GM ever built.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 10:08 AM   #3
pwschuh
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Mid-Atlantic
Posts: 1,753
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

And where is it now???
offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 01-19-2012, 10:14 AM   #4
customcory
Senior Member
 
customcory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: hickory,n.c.
Posts: 1,831
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

It is in North Carolina, I was standing right beside it 20 years ago or more. The guy was restoring it, already had replated some of the gold stuff. It had a special ID tag on the firewall. I'll have to ask my dad who the guy was, as I can't remember. But, it was definitely the car.The guy that had it had a bunch of Nomads too, always bought NOS parts from my dad. I have no pics, sorry. Oh yea we had about 50 of those coins , but sold them in Carlisle many years ago.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 10:17 AM   #5
Jack Luther
Member
 
Jack Luther's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 573
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

November 23, 1954 was a Tuesday. I was born on the 25th, which was Thanksgiving Day that year. I agreed that it would be interesting to know where the gold 55 Chevy is now. I assume in a GM museum somewhere?
__________________
"Back in the day" is now.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 10:24 AM   #6
customcory
Senior Member
 
customcory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: hickory,n.c.
Posts: 1,831
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Just talked to my dad, the guy that owns it is Bill Edney, of Columbus, N.C. Somebody on here might know him. He always had a good Nomad collection. I know it blowed my mind when we saw it. There were some gold 4 door Bel-Airs too.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 10:33 AM   #7
customcory
Senior Member
 
customcory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: hickory,n.c.
Posts: 1,831
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Just found out Bill died Nov.5 2011.Founding member of the Carolina Nomad Club. I guess the car may be up for grabs now. I googled his name. Heres the story according to my dads. Bill saw the car going to the scrapyard . The previous owner was going to make a race car out of , but never did , so off to the scrapyard. This was before they were worth the money they are now. What caught Bill's eye was the gold side trim still on it. The rest of the trim parts were inside the trunk. The gold hoodbird was still on it and all the inside trim was gold anodized or plated. The car was Black & white then. He called my dad and offered it to him for 400 dollars. I think thats when we looked at it. It had factory A/C and power everything.My dad agreed to buy it and we left. About a couple of weeks later Bill calls my dad and say I hope you don't get mad, but i think I will keep this car. That was fine to us since we didn't need any more projects anyway. It was later that we learned that there was only one sport coupe done and its the one in the parade and in the promo movies. We are still kicking our asses. But Bill started getting the chrome redone gold, buying nice NOS to do it with. This was before reproduction. I'm sure the car will be up for sale now, we haven't heard anything. It might show up on e-bay now, as I think the family isn't going to anything with it, but I may be wrong. I don't know how it got to N.C.

Last edited by customcory; 01-19-2012 at 10:48 AM.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 10:50 AM   #8
customcory
Senior Member
 
customcory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: hickory,n.c.
Posts: 1,831
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

bttt
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 10:52 AM   #9
customcory
Senior Member
 
customcory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: hickory,n.c.
Posts: 1,831
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Here is Bills funeral notice. We wondered why he hadn't been around.http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...&GRid=80044818
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 11:30 AM   #10
customcory
Senior Member
 
customcory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: hickory,n.c.
Posts: 1,831
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

bttt I wonder if somebody on here knows Bill?
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 06:08 PM   #11
redlinetoys
Old School HAMBer
 
redlinetoys's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Midwest
Posts: 4,226
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Interesting about the owner. Sorry to hear he has passed. It was mentioned on another thread that Chevrolet offered to restore the car for him back in 2002 if they could use it for the 50th anniversary celebration of the 55 Chevy in 2005. Supposedly the owner turned it down as he was afraid he would somehow lose the car.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	50 Mil Chev Motorama.jpg
Views:	646
Size:	146.6 KB
ID:	1541009   Click image for larger version

Name:	1955-50-millionth-car-2.jpg
Views:	561
Size:	67.7 KB
ID:	1541010   Click image for larger version

Name:	large_GM_50_MILLIONTH_CAR.jpg
Views:	567
Size:	63.4 KB
ID:	1541011  

Click image for larger version

Name:	1955-50-millionth-car-3.jpg
Views:	582
Size:	35.1 KB
ID:	1541012   Click image for larger version

Name:	50 Mil Harlow Curtice.jpg
Views:	540
Size:	57.7 KB
ID:	1541013   Click image for larger version

Name:	50 Mil parade.jpg
Views:	606
Size:	63.8 KB
ID:	1541014  

__________________
Bob
Redlinetoys

www.Fotki.com/redlinetoys/
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 06:13 PM   #12
redlinetoys
Old School HAMBer
 
redlinetoys's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Midwest
Posts: 4,226
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Handouts during GM facility open houses on the commemorative day...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	50 Mill book.jpg
Views:	424
Size:	39.1 KB
ID:	1541015   Click image for larger version

Name:	50 Mil coin.jpg
Views:	490
Size:	75.2 KB
ID:	1541016  
__________________
Bob
Redlinetoys

www.Fotki.com/redlinetoys/
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 06:14 PM   #13
Graham M
Member
 
Graham M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Calgary AB
Posts: 511
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Quote:
Originally Posted by customcory View Post
J I know it blowed my mind when we saw it. There were some gold 4 door Bel-Airs too.
Please dont think Im trying to be an ass to say this, but its "blew".


Anyway, very cool thread! I'd love to see that car. Kind of odd their 50 millionth car just so happens to be such an iconic one as well.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2012, 06:18 AM   #14
customcory
Senior Member
 
customcory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: hickory,n.c.
Posts: 1,831
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Well, if you live down south its BLOWED.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2012, 08:45 AM   #15
davidbistolas
Alliance Member
 
davidbistolas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 966
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Quote:
Originally Posted by customcory View Post
Well, if you live down south its BLOWED.
I need to see this dictionary of southern english...

I think it's "outstanding" that, in 1954, out of all the GM lines and brands, the 50,000,000th car built was a brand new design just about to hit the showroom floor. The Marketing Gods smiled upon General Motors that day.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2012, 08:50 AM   #16
the-rodster
Old School HAMBer
 
the-rodster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Glasgow, KY
Posts: 5,133
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Didn't I hear, just yesterday, that GM was back on top as the largest automaker?

Toyota held the crown for a while.

Rich
__________________
A good friend will bail you out of jail. A true friend will be next to you saying, Damn that was fun
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2012, 10:51 AM   #17
davidbistolas
Alliance Member
 
davidbistolas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 966
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

I know- for a while, Toyota just kept accelerating and accelerating...

(couldn't help it, sorry)
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2012, 04:56 PM   #18
realkustom51
Member
 
realkustom51's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Hickory, NC
Posts: 634
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Quote:
Originally Posted by customcory View Post
Oh yea we had about 50 of those coins , but sold them in Carlisle many years ago.
Hey Cory. I still have a few of those coins that didn't get sold. Do you remember when I found that jar of coins.
I was a little kid walking around the grounds of the first or second Carlisle event (1974 or 75) when I stumbled on that jar of coins. I know one of the coins made it onto a belt buckle. The ones I have left are looking kinda rough today.

offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2012, 10:16 PM   #19
flamingokid
Senior Member
 
flamingokid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Olathe,Kansas
Posts: 1,340
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Very cool car.It'll probably end up at the Barrett-Jackson next year.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 07:50 PM   #20
Dzus
Grenade Inspector
 
Dzus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Too close to Lake Travis
Posts: 321
Default Re: The 50 Millionth GM

Chevy also made 5000 BelAirs painted a special gold and sent one to each dealer to promote the occasion. My dad bought one of the 'Anniversary 55's' and it was the car I was brought home from the hospital in.

Not mine, but more info:
www.classicsurvivor.com
__________________
_______________
Timing belts and hydraulic clutches are the work of Satan.
offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:25 PM.