Transparent Cars are No Longer Just a Pipe Dream

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Get ready to drool over these snazzy rides of the future.

In today's high stakes car industry, demands on car makers have never been greater. These demands are what will lead to the next major breakthrough and propel the industry into the future. One of these latest innovations that may hit pay dirt in the near future is the transparent car. There is a lot that can be said for these icons of progress and their qualities are clear for all to see.

Shell Oil really went out of their way for consumers to see for themselves the magic of their oil when they designed the Shell Helix Ultra Transparent Car. This entailed remaking and duplicating each part of the car, all 2,000 parts of it, to make it possible to really see the oil work the car's engine. Not only is this car a remarkable feat of engineering, but it actually works. If privacy is of little concern when you're behind the wheel, this model made exclusively out of transparent materials is one cool ride.

Would you like to be able to have a see through car that allows you to have any color or design you like, at the flick of a switch? If so, you might want to look into the MOY concept car. Designed by Elvis Tomljenovic, the MOY is a car that uses a combination of LEDS, liquid crystals and polycarbonate layers to display any paint job you prefer on the MOY's exterior. Police departments can relax for now. But if the MOY ever makes it out of the concept stage and into showrooms, it could end up being the bane of police forces the world over.

What is the first full-sized transparent car ever made in America? Don't feel bad if you don't know, because most people have never heard of the 1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe-Six Ghost Car. The car first appeared at the 1939 New York World's Fair and was the end result of collaboration between General Motors and chemical company Rohm & Haas, which sought the General's help showcasing its latest product, Plexiglas. The car rides on a Pontiac Deluxe-Six chassis, is powered by an L-head six-cylinder engine with a three-speed gearbox and cost $25,000 ($402,985.71).

Not to be left out of the current wave of transparent cars is powerhouse automaker Porsche. Porsche has designed a transparent version of the 2009 Cayenne Hybrid. While only 50% transparent, the internal parts are fully exposed for your viewing pleasure. The car is capable of hitting the 75 mph mark using its electric motor.

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