1939 Transparent Pontiac Up For Auction
The Pontiac Deluxe Six "Ghost Car" has an exterior built entirely out of Plexiglass in 1939 for display at the New York World's Fair so visitors would be all, "WHOA -- cars don't run on wizards?!" But seriously: do they or don't they? Because one guy told me it was fairies and I called him a dirty liar but now I'm starting to second-guess myself. "It actually is fairies." DAMMIT!
Fully operational, today the Pontiac has 86 miles on its odometer, apparently driven on its white rubber wheels - another show car touch.
After making the rounds as a promotional car following the fair, the Pontiac joined the collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where it remained until 1947. Afterwards, it passed through a long succession of private owners before being purchased by a collector in the early 1980's.
It has been appraised at a price between $275,000 and $475,000, which is about the same amount that GM spent to build it in today's dollars.
Wow, what a great opportunity to own a piece of American history. "American history? That's not American history -- I want Lincoln's stovepipe hat!" Hoho, I don't realize I was dealing with such a discriminating collector! Will you settle for a boogie I chiseled out of his nose on Mt Rushmore?
Hit the jump for a couple more shots.
Thanks to Bradley, who used to have a clear bicycle but forgot what tree he chained it to. Tough break.