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Ghost Car

Apr 12, 2015

This plexiglass Pontiac, from the very earliest days of plastics, was a big hit at the 1939 New York World's Fair; it is shown here doing its star turn in the General Motors pavilion at the 1940 International Columbian Exhibition in San Francisco.

In 2011, it was auctioned by Sotheby's for $308,000. It was still a working automobile at that time, though the plastic chassis (body by Fisher) obviously would not hold up under heavy use. The odometer reading was 86 miles.

car   1940   General Motors   antique car   plexiglass   transparent   Pontiac   (Image credit: Wyland Stanley Collection via Shorpy)