The "Ghost Car" is going up for auction at the end of this month in Michigan.
Wonder Woman's invisible plane was pretty cool but who would notice you flying through the air a few miles up? Well if you drive around the invisible exterior 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Ghost Car you're absolutely going to turn some heads. The best part about this cool ride - it's up for sale. The Ghost Car debuted at the New York World's Fair in 1939. Featured at General Motors' "Highways and Horizons" exhibit, it immediately became a huge sensation.
It was the first time many people were able to view the inner workings of an automobile. Development of the Ghost makes for a pretty interesting story as well. With a massive cost at the time of $25,000, GM teamed up with a chemical company that had recently developed Plexiglas. Rahm & Haas copied the car's outer body panels and developed them in the clear plastic. The structural parts were shined up with copper-wash and chrome-plating as to give them more noticeability. Plexiglas soon became a huge commodity for use in war-time applications as well as consumer goods.
The Ghost is equipped with an 85hp 6-cylinder engine with 3-speed manual transmission and 4-wheel drum brakes. The auction company states that the Ghost is "in a remarkable state of preservation, a testament to the longevity of Plexiglas in an era when automotive plastics tended to self-destruct within a few years." The car is still in running shape, however you have to take note that the odometer only reads up to 86mph. If you want to own an automobile that is as unique as it is rare, then swing by the RM Auctions in Plymouth, Michigan on July 30th.
It is expected to go somewhere in the ballpark of $275,000 to $475,000. On a side note, the $25,000 it cost to produce it in 1939 could be adjusted with inflation to a cost today of about $400,000. Photos courtesy of RM Auctions.