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The Ghost in the Machine: The 1939 Plexiglass Pontiac

Unveiled at the General Motors Highways and Horizons pavilion at the 1939-40 World’s Fair in New York, the Pontiac ‘Ghost Car’ was buit on the chassis of a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six. In collaboration with Rohm & Haas, a chemical company that had recently developed Plexiglass, the concept for a transparent car was conceived and it was the first one ever built in America.

Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

Photograph by AARON SUMMERFIELD for RM AUCTIONS