• Jun 11, 2011
It's a car you can't really drive, but RM Auctions expects that a 1939 Pontiac with a Plexiglas body will go for anywhere between $275,000 to $475,000 at the St. John's auction that's being held as part of the Concours d'Elegance of America in Plymouth, MI this July. The Pontiac was built for the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair and appeared as part of General Motors' "Futurama" exhibit that showcased how the immediate pre-World War II imagination pictured 1960.

See-through cars were not part of the prediction, but a tough new transparent material that could be molded into such a complex shape was certainly something worth showing off. The Pontiac's body was created by Rohm & Haas, inventor of Plexiglas, to show off its revolutionary new material, and this particular car is the only one of two such vehicles that's known to survive.

This Poncho is unrestored, so there's some visible damage that's been accumulated over the years, but this impressive artifact is the first full-size automobile rendered see-through and therefore deserves a place of prominence in someone's collection... or living room. Either way, it will be a conversation piece.


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      eliotsmeliot
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wasn't this Wonder Woman's Grandfather's car?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, I've only ever seen period pictures of the thing, in Pontiac history books - I had no idea it still existed.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      This makes me want a Plexiglas sided sports car. Too bad Plexiglas is pretty heavy. I'll take a Maserati, Plexiglas-covered. Why? 1) Don't have to open the hood to see the engine. 2) Because that would be cool. 3) For nearly $500,000, you want your car to sound like automotive sex.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        A Danforth Wilkins
        • 3 Years Ago
        No thank you bot. I'm rooting for BMW. What happened to your team? Never recovered making the switch to GT 2 huh? Why am I talking to a bot?
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      makes me wish modern day engine bays were that clean and open.
      A Danforth Wilkins
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wheres the lemans coverage? Did aol say you can't do it this year?
      Reece Lightning
      • 3 Years Ago
      whatever happened to the future of the plexiglass car
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why wouldn't you be able to drive it?