1939 Pontiac Ghost Car commands $308 000 at auction Auto

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1939 Pontiac Ghost Car $308,000 at auction

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$275,000-$475,000 US

Series 26. 85 222.7 cu. in. L-head six-cylinder three-speed manual transmission, spring independent front live rear axle semi-elliptic leaf springs, and hydraulic drum brakes.

Highlight of 1939-40 New York Fair

— First car built in America

— Plexiglas collaboration between GM and Haas

— Excellent condition

— Single-family since early 1980s

to General Motors’ Highways and pavilion at the 1939-40 New York Fair came away by a vision of the future. The work of designer Norman Bel Geddes, Futurama exhibit foretold the and transportation systems of 1960, of which came to pass. peeks at the future included of Progress, inventions that like magic: Yarns of Milk! Glass that The Frig-O-Therm that cooks and at the same time!

The Talking Flashlight transmitting over a light beam! the exhibit’s guidebook. Sharing top with the Futurama and Previews of however, was the Glass’ Car The first transparent car ever made in

On the chassis of a 1939 Pontiac Six, GM collaborated with Haas, the chemical company had recently developed Plexiglas. The first transparent acrylic product, Plexiglas was a serendipitous arising from Rohm work with laminated glass. Using drawings for the four-door Touring Sedan, Haas constructed an exact body using Plexiglas in of the outer sheet-metal. The structural underneath was given a copper and all hardware, including the dashboard, was plated.

Rubber moldings were in white, as were the car’s It reportedly cost $25,000 to an astronomical figure in those

Plexiglas went on to important uses bomber noses, and gun turrets in World War II, where its and transparency contributed mightily to the war After the war, Rohm developed countless civilian in signs, lighting fixtures, cars and automobiles. With the of being molded into any shape and new dyes that unlimited color selection, it an important commercial and military

According to the GM Heritage Center, a car, on a Torpedo Eight was hurriedly constructed for the 1940 Gate Exposition on Treasure a man-made island in San Francisco Once their respective had closed, both Plexiglas or Ghost Cars as they sometimes known, toured the dealerships. The 1939-40 Deluxe Six is the one known to survive.

Following the tour, it went on display at the Institution in Washington, D.C. and was there until 1947. It was owned by a succession of Pennsylvania dealers. It appeared at the first meet of the new Pontiac-Oakland Club in 1973 and was purchased by Don Barlup of New Pennsylvania.


Barlup commissioned a partial from SH Pontiac of Harrisburg and it to collector Leo Gephart in 1979. The owner’s father purchased it Gephart in the early 1980s, and it has in the same family ever

The car is in a remarkable state of preservation, a to the longevity of Plexiglas in an era when plastics tended to self-destruct a few years. Although it has acquired a few and cracks, it is structurally sound and clear, showing off the Ghost innards as it did in 1939. The car rides on its U.S. Royal all-white and sports the correct white running boards. From the it was a running car, although use would have been detrimental.

The odometer currently reads 86 The only recent mechanical has been replacement of the fuel

Not surprisingly, it has no conventional vehicle number; even the machined for the engine number is blank. The number traditionally used for the car is probably a part number, on the radiator. A collection of period and other memorabilia accompanies the which still turns as much as it ever did.

It is obviously, suited for touring, but as a artifact from automotive and history, it deserves a wider It will certainly be welcome at all of shows and concours, as well as suited for a singular museum It is no longer the only see-through but surely the first full-sized car ever made in America has a spot in history.

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