Designed and developed as a show-car for General Motors (GM) for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, a Pontiac Deluxe Six sedan was made completely transparent using state of the art clear plastic of the era. This incredible 1939 Transparent Pontiac is now all set to go under the hammer at the St. John’s event in Plymouth, Michigan on July 30th, 2011, courtesy, one of the biggest auctions houses, RM Auctions. This marvelous Pontiac is said to be first ever transparent car built in the U.S and the car is known be in excellent condition, considering the age of the vehicle. This Pontiac was designed in conjunction with Rohm and Haas and the car was powered by a L-head six-cylinder engine with a three speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
After the New York World’s Fair, the marvelously built transparent 1929 Pontiac was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C and was kept as a souvenir at the legendary museum till the year 1947. Later it changed hands with several Pontiac dealers in Pennsylvania and was then bought by Don Barlup of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania after the car was showcased at the Pontiac-Oakland Club International in 1973. This gorgeous vehicle was brought to its final home and its current owner, the son of Leo Gephart, who purchased the car in the year 1979. The word ‘transparent’ fits the car perfectly, as the vehicle depicts every working part and all the interiors of car clearly, due to the Plexiglas. Even after a partial restoration effort, this magnificent Pontiac still retains nearly all its original parts including the U.S. Royal all-white tires and the car some 86 miles recorded on its odometer.
Via Fox News