The 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six "Ghost Car"
If part of the appeal of buying antique cars is owning something unique that no one else has, then the person who just purchase a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six "Ghost Car" is certainly happy today.

The transparent car, made out of Plexiglass for the 1939/1940 World's Fair in New York, sold this weekend for $308,000. The auctioneers, RM Auctions in Michigan, say it's the only one to exist, but there are some reports that there may be one more out there.

While a lot of things at the World's Fair showed where manufacturers imagined the future was headed, no one really thought we'd all be driving around in naked cars. The body was molded by Rohm & Hass, the inventor of Plexiglass, to show off the revolutionary new material.

This Pontiac 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.

Although unique, the car did not come anywhere close to breaking auction price records. Last year, a 1956 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic sold at an auction in California for over $30 million.

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Contributing: Dan Roth, Autoblog




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      sbm54pswf
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a dream about a car made of glass the other day. The interior is beautiful. Think about it, a car made of glass -- if anything ever goes wrong, a mechanic could spot the problem instantly. Great article. Great Car, and it was MADE IN AMERICA! (Pontiac, one of the best brands ever made.)
      mikej4745
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let me see if I have this right...This guy has enough money to pay $308 K for a car and he pays LESS income tax than me. Is this the trickle down effect THE GOP is always talking abou ??? Translated that means you're pissing down my back and telling me it's holy water.
        mobeck
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikej4745
        He's probably paying at least enough to cover your EITC. Anyway why do you choose a car section to add your socialist loving dumb remarks....
        Mark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikej4745
        If he has 308k He definitley pays more taxes than you do. grow up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikej4745
        Where did you come up with the information that proves that he pays LESS income tax than you? What about the over 50% that pay no income tax? Have you checked out their situation? And if His Imperial Majesty Barack the Mighty Obama pissed down your back you would swear that it was holy water.
        Mg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikej4745
        Another hobo dem makes a snatch and grab attempt from another successful hardworking citizen. Lets vote these freeloaders out of office in 2012!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikej4745
        Did I miss something, were does it say anything at all about income tax? so stop bathing in the holy water font .
      jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      This country will not get better until we throw Obama out of office!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jim
        true
        Shane
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jim
        Your a psychopath. This isn't anything about Obama you republican nutcase.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is Rohm and Haas not Hass.
      LL
      • 3 Years Ago
      My daughter turned 16 last month and there was just no way we could afford to add her to our existing car insurance policy. I started shopping around for new car insurance and found this site: ( http://tinyurl.com/InsuranceTip ) I just put in my ZIP code and received four quotes instantly after filling out the form. By comparing rates we were actually able to include my daughter in our new policy and not pay anymore per month for car insurance than we were originally paying for just me and my wife!
      palmejn
      • 3 Years Ago
      DOCHORSEBUGGY should check his facts. Toyota has more parts /vehickes made soley in the USA than ANY of the formerly great big three. Those GM vehicles speak Portuguese - like made in Brazil and Spanish - like hecho en mexico y Guatemala. Bettyer get that horse buggy out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @palmejn
        This vehicle has nothing to do with Toyota market share or % supplier content. It's a wonderful example of American automobile memorabilia. The vehicle stands on its own merits. Get off your Toyota high horse. At least Pontiacs do not accelerate uncontrollably.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @palmejn
        Toyota wouldn't exist if it were not for the patent stealing they did to sell cars so cheap in the USA! The original toy used a Ford oiling system for the motor that was stolen and NO royalties paid. A metric car that uses a Ford oil filter with American threads on the oiling system? They are still pissed Pearl didn't work.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I grew up in my dad's auto mechanic shop and saw some unique old beauties ... every type of vehicle from the 30's era on. This Plexiglass creation may have the classic style, but does not compare ... one of a kind, or not. However, it will still turn heads and make for great conversation ... nice for collectors.
      LL
      • 3 Years Ago
      My daughter turned 16 last month and there was just no way we could afford to add her to our existing car insurance policy. I started shopping around for new car insurance and found this site: ( http://tinyurl.com/InsuranceTip ) I just put in my ZIP code and received four quotes instantly after filling out the form. By comparing rates we were actually able to include my daughter in our new policy and not pay anymore per month for car insurance than we were originally paying for just me and my wife!
      jempatti
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was at the 1964 world fair in NY, that car should have been there........Joe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey all car-lovers, YES this 1939-Pontiac is very rare, but when most people look at this car for the 1st-time. Some looks-Wow / some looks-Nice / some looks-Eeagh / but most will say- WHAAAAAA - DA- F#*K !!! This car Auction-Buyer paid way 2 much, but the rich like 2 pay alot 4 anything !!! 50's / 60's / 70's Muscle R the best, rare foreign cars R cool also, & pre-50's vintage-custom rides R rare cars I love the most !!! PS-> I hardly see Old-Lincolns in Auctions-or-Shows, why-not ??? Big-Mike !!!
      STANG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess this would re-define the concept of the "Look-at-Me" car.. 8)..
      pelmberg3
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love and want one!It IS like a hairless cat!
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