Here’s a fascinating look at the 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Ghost Car, created in collaboration with chemical company Rohm & Haas, who had just developed a new product called “Plexiglas.” To promote this new material, its entire shell was made with the transparent acrylic material. It made its official debut at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair at General Motors’ “Highways and Horizons” pavilion. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
“As you’d imagine, it was a big hit. Most people hadn’t seen Plexiglas yet, and it was a fun gimmick to have 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 the tires white! The car reportedly cost $25,000 to build, which was massive compared to the price of a new Pontiac at that time – $700. In 2011, the car was auctioned by RM Auctions and sold for $308,000,” according to My Modern Met.