Pontiac Ghost Car
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The 1939-40 New York World’s Fair was held at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens and the second most expensive American world’s fair of all time. Many countries around the world exhibited, and over 44-million people attended the festivities in two seasons. Why? Well, it was the first exposition to showcase future technologies and “the world of tomorrow”.



Officially called the 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Plexiglas Car, it had body panels made from acrylic plastic, with all screws and fasteners chrome-plated for added dramatic effect. The structural metal beneath was given a copper wash treatment, while all hardware, including the dashboard, received chrome plating. Rubber moldings were cast in white, along with the car’s tires. It reportedly cost $25,000 to build at the time, or $466,922 today if accounting for inflation.

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Pontiac Ghost Car
Pontiac Ghost Car
Pontiac Ghost Car
Pontiac Ghost Car
Pontiac Ghost Car

When WWII started just 6-months into the 1939 World’s Fair, many exhibits were affected, especially those on display in the pavilions of countries under Axis occupation. Once it closed in 1940, many exhibits were destroyed, though some buildings were retained for the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair, held at the same place.