The 1939 Plexiglass Pontiac “Ghost Car”

Sometimes you see something that makes you stop in your tracks, and fall instantly in love. This is one of those times.

Introducing the 1939 Plexiglass Pontiac:

1939 Plexiglass Pontiac "Ghost Car"

Built for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the car was a collaboration between General Motors and Rohm and Haas, the inventors of Plexiglass.

1939 Plexiglass Pontiac "Ghost Car"

Rohm and Haas took the blueprints for the body of the car and cast it in Plexiglass. The frame of the car was given a copper wash or chromed. Many of the interior parts are painted white.

1939 Plexiglass Pontiac "Ghost Car" engine bay

The car is fully functional, but has only 86 miles on it–it was not something ever meant to be driven on the highway.

1939 Plexiglass Pontiac "Ghost Car"

Though it has a little wear and tear, the car is in remarkably good condition. On July 30, it will go on auction, and will probably fetch around half a million dollars.

I had thought that I would bid on it, but, sadly, it is a little beyond my price range.

(Photos and story from the Mail Online via Idaflo)

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5 Responses to The 1939 Plexiglass Pontiac “Ghost Car”

  1. wdednh says:


  2. loopyloo305 says:

    Beautiful! I so miss seeing beautiful cars. They just don’t make them anymore! We have a friend that has several and there is always a car show nearby in the summer. But they just used to make them with such class!

  3. sb says:

    That is not a 1939 Pontiac- it is a 1940. The car displayed @ the 1939 worlds fair was a ’39

    There were 2 of these cars built- a 1939 and a 1940

    • John Scotus says:

      My understanding is that this is indeed the car shown at the 1939 World’s Fair. If you follow the links, you will see a photo of what looks like this exact same car at the World’s Fair in 1939. I heard that the 1940 car is little more than a pile of junk right now, but this may be incorrect.

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