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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The world's first transparent car

This is the Pontiac Deluxe six with the nickname 'Ghost Car,' because this car is covered in glass all over its body, it was the first transparent full-sized car to be made in America.
These 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six 'Ghost Car' touted as a vision of the future, the car was made for the 1939-40 New York World's Fair in San Francisco. (Picture from: https://dailym.ai/2vIVIUs)
This unique vehicle was made in 1939 by General Motors in collaboration with a chemical company called Rohm & Haas, who had just developed a new product called "Plexiglas." 

To promote the recent innovation, an entire body shell was constructed for the Deluxe Six using the transparent acrylic material. 

These Pontiac's car made its debut at the 1939-40 World's Fair in New York at General Motors' 'Highways and Horizons' pavilion. As you'd imagine, it was a big hit. Most people hadn't seen Plexiglas before.
Right side view of 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six 'Ghost Car.' (Picture from: https://dailym.ai/2vIVIUs)
And it was a fun gimmick to know and see the car's inner workings exposed. All structural metal was bathed in a copper wash and the hardware and dashboard were chrome. They even made all of its tires white!
Interior view of 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six 'Ghost Car.' (Picture from: https://dailym.ai/2vIVIUs)
Reportedly, just two were ever made and this model has a three-speed manual transmission system, and is thought to be the last of its kind.
Left side view of 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six 'Ghost Car.' (Picture from: https://dailym.ai/2vIVIUs)
These one of a kind display car built with a cost of around $25,000, that was big numbers compared to the price of a new Pontiac at that time was sold at a price of $700.
Later in 2011, these car was auctioned by RM Auctions and sold for $308,000. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MY MODERN MET | DAILYMAIL]
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