THE 1939 PONTIAC PLEXIGLASS GHOST CAR
- The highlight of the 1939-40 World’s Fair in New York and the first transparent car ever built in America.
- Series 26. 85 bhp, 222.7 cu. in. L-head six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
- The structural metal underneath was given a copper wash, and all hardware, including the dashboard, was chrome plated.
- Rubber moldings were made in white, as were the car’s tires.
- Cost a reported $25,000 to build (using Consumer Price Index to estimate inflation, it is approx. $388,000 in 2010 US dollars)
- Car still rides on its original white tires with odometer reading of 86 miles (138 km)
- Does not have a conventional VIN (vehicle identification number) and therefore not street legal.
All Photographs by AARON SUMMERFIELD for RM AUCTIONS
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