Now you see it, now you don't... RM sells rare $0.4m Pontiac 'ghost'



2015-06-26 12:28:01

Now you see it, now you don't... RM sells rare $0.4m Pontiac 'ghost'

One of the most unique cars ever, this Plexiglas vehicle is sure to drive collectors to RM's Michigan sale

We've all seen cars and limousines with tinted windows, shrouded in mystery. But for those who prefer things to be a little bit more clear, well RM have got just the vehicle for you - the Plexiglas Pontiac.

On Saturday July 30 the American classic car auctioneer will be holding a unique sale at The Inn at St John's, Plymouth, Michigan.

 You wouldn't forget this if you saw it on the motorway - if you can see it at all that is

Among the collection of fine and impressive lots being sold off is one of the most amazing cars you could ever set your eyes upon, and it is without doubt the star of the show.

The Plexiglas Pontiac Deluxe Six, manufactured in 1939, is dubbed the 'ghost car' because it is, rather oddly, see-through. There is no paintjob on this mean machine, there is just a transparent outer shell through which the car's workings can be seen.

It is expected to sell for an incredible $275,000-475,000, and has an amazing history behind it. When it was built it was America's, and probably the world's, first transparent car.

 Pontiac created America's first transparent car with this Plexiglas shell

It was made by General Motors in conjunction with the chemical company Rohm and Haas for the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York, and cost $25,000 to make.

Unsurprisingly given its high cost, only two were actually constructed, and this is thought to be the last surviving model.

The idea behind it was to give off a vision of the future, and it certainly would have left an impression on those who went to see it at General Motors' Highways and Horizons stand at the time.

 Cars collectors looking for something genuinely unique can't do better than this

Rohm and Haas were the company who first developed the revolutionary product Plexiglas just six years earlier, in 1933.The vehicles became a national hit, and toured American dealerships before going on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.

This will be the first time it has been sold since the early 1980s, so it is sure to gain a lot of attention from not just car collectors, but also those interested in exceptionally rare items and investors alike, who may not getthe chanceto buy it for another 30-odd years or more.

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