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.
“This is the only one known to exist,” said Alain Squindo, a car specialist for RM Auctions, which held the auction for the Ghost Car and other speciality vehicles in Plymouth, Michigan. “It’s a very original car.”
It toured a number of dealerships and then was at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. for a number of years.
It has been owned by the same family since the 1980s. “They were rather sad to see their beloved car go,” Squindo said. He could not disclose the name of the buyer.
The car has 86 miles on it, picked up by being driven in and out of dealerships for displays.
It was a collaboration between GM and Rohm & Haas chemical company, which made the Plexiglas. Structural metal underneath was given a copper wash, and all hardware, including the dashboard, was chrome-plated.