A one-of-a-kind original transparent 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six “Ghost Car” is one of the 70 unique high-end cars which will be up for action Saturday at Plymouth’s Inn.
The Pontiac “Ghost” is equipped with a 2.2 liter six-cylinder engine, developing 85 horsepower and connected to a three-speed manual transmission. The transparent car is fitted with independent front suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs.
Taken for granted today, Plexiglas was a wonder material back in 1939, when the Philadelphia-based Rohm & Hass chemical company used drawings of the Pontiac to build an exact replica using Plexiglas instead of metal.
The Deluxe model wasn’t the only transparent car and in 1940 its “brother” appeared, as a Pontiac Torpedo Eight.
The “Ghost Car” auctioned was manufactured at a cost of 25.000 dollars for the New York World’s Fair and has only “walked” 90 miles because it doesn’t have a vehicle identification number, even though it’s a fully functional vehicle.