09/19/2011

Pontiac

One Of A Kind Pontiac

by Cyle
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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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