Plexiglas Pontiac: 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six

1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Left Front Corner

“The World of Tomorrow?” was the slogan for the 1939-40 New York World’s fair. With this Pontiac Deluxe Six, General Motors gave the world a glimpse into a pretty amazing future. This car is a one off that was the result of collaboration with Rohm & Haas, which was the company that had recently created Plexiglas. Rohm & Haas was able to construct the entire car from its molded Plexiglas and copper washed metal substructure. GM had two Plexiglas Pontiacs made, but this is the only one to have survived. This one off 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six “Ghost” car is going to be auctioned at the upcoming RM Auctions at St. Jones on July 30th.

1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Side

This see through car is truly fascinating to look at. Rarely do you get to see all the inner workings of a car, especially from the outside. There are countless little details that make this car quite incredible to look at. The copper washed components, such as the window regulators and assembly, really standout and look to be in fantastic condition.

1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Rear Fender

To further accent the cars components many were painted with, or in the case of the tires and rubber moldings manufactured in white. The off white color gives the car a very ghostly appearance. The Plexiglas is considered to be structurally sound, but there are plenty of cracks and stretches. It’s astounding to see the angles Rohm & Haas was able to shape the Plexiglas into, it’s no wonder Plexiglas became so important to the war effort and is still so important today.

1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Engine

This Plexi Phantom is powered by a 3.6 liter straight six that produces 85 hp, which routes through a 3 speed manual and a solid rear axle. We would love to see how this car performs next to its steel clad Pontiac siblings to see how the Plexiglas affects weight and body rigidity. We will be watching this car when it goes to auction, this car should go for a fairly large number. We just hope whoever gets it shows it and doesn’t lock it away in their private collection. This car started life as a show piece and that’s how it should spend the rest of its life.

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Comments

  1. Wheezer

    Now this is an important car! It's great to see stuff like this out of hiding!

  2. Rick Stratton

    That looks unbelievable. I would love to see that up close.

  3. Ricky Lawrence

    That is truly an amazing car. I would like to see one of the new model Ford Mustangs like that so you could see everything that goes into making a car.

  4. Dale Ferrell

    Amazing proto, Wonder what the final auction price was for this. Don’t think anyone would be taking their date into the back seat of this car!

  5. sheldon brunn

    I had a 39 pontiac in high school,1974, drove it for about a year. Was all origanal. It was the 2 door model. I have only seen 1 since then, in all these years. Sure enjoy this site. thanx

  6. z1rider

    That’s a 1940, not 39.

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