The Red Flag Limousine
In 1958, the China First Auto Works(FAW) borrowed a 1955 Chrysler limousine from the Jilin University of Technology as a reference based on which the FAW combined the characteristics of the nation and built out the first a “red flag” limousine within just a month’s time.Since the 1960s, the red flag car became the concierge car, known as China’s first car.
In 1973, the U.S. President Richard Nixon led a delegation of 500 people visiting China, the request of the delegation to bring their own cars was rejected by Premier Zhou Enlai that: “We have the best car in the world, you can be rest assured.” When Nixon and his team walked out of the aircraft, they were all welcomed by the full stretch red flag cars. Also the President of the United States was thrilled when the Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai offerred the No. 6 Red Flag limousine which was for the Zhou’s exclusive use for his using during the whole visit. It was believed that during the 1960s and 1970s, the three highest diplomatic courtesy received by the foreign guests were: Seeing Chairman Mao Zedong, Staying in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Sitting at the red flag car.