America’s first transparent car, “Ghost Car” 1939 Pontiac Plexiglas sold in auction for $308,000 (Photo)

By on Aug 1, 2011 in Automobile, Lifestyle, Travel, United States Comments

A so-called “ghost car“, as shown in the photo below, and was noted to be America’s first transparent car, was sold in an auction in Michigan on Saturday, July 30, 2011 for $308,000.

America's first transparent Ghost Car 1939 Pontiac

America’s first transparent “Ghost Car” 1939 Pontiac
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As noted by RM Auction on its official website, the 1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six, dubbed as the “ghost car“, was among the 70 vintage cars that went on sale at St. John’s (formerly Meadow Brook) in Plymouth.

According to the announcement, the glass car, which was a result of pioneering Plexiglas collaboration between GM and Rohm & Haas, was estimated to be sold between $275,000 and $475,000.

Plexiglas was noted to be discovery that rose from Rohm & Haas’ work with laminated safety glass, with the glass car to be the work of renowned designer Norman Bel Geddes.

That time, Rohm & Haas constructed an exact replica body using Plexiglas to replace the outer sheet-metal of the four-door Pontiac, which reportedly cost $25,000 when it was built.

Apparently, the “ghost car” was the highlight of the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair and was owned by a single family since the early 80s; and is on its original excellent condition as of this time.

GM Heritage Center noted that a second “transparent car” was built but is nowhere to be found while the existing one was bought by the owner’s father from a car collector named Leo Gephart back in 1979.

Meanwhile, the most expensive vintage car that was sold in the RM Auction was the 1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Convertible Sedan by Dietrich, Inc.

The said car was estimated to be sold for $950,000-$1,150,000, but was bought for $1,100,000, as the recent auction have reportedly sold 85% of the lots and had over $7.6 million in sales.

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