A see-through Pontiac Deluxe Six, also referred to as the Ghost Car because its chassis was constructed of plexiglass, and built by General Motors for the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair has been sold for $308,000 at RM Auctions’ St. John’s sale in Plymouth.
Originally built for $25,000, the car with a Plexiglas body was the first transparent car built in America. Another was built the following year, but its whereabouts are unknown. The 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Ghost Car only has about 90 miles on the odometer since it’s not meant to be driven on the road. After the World’s Fair, it toured Pontiac dealerships across the U.S. and was displayed at the Smithsonian Institution.
Alain Squindo of RM Auctions said there was feverish bidding Saturday among the standing-room-only crowd in Plymouth. It has been owned by the same family since the 1980s. They were rather sad to see their beloved car go, Squindo said. He could not disclose the name of the buyer.
The top price paid at the auction was for a 1932 Packard Convertible Sedan once owned by singer Al Jolson, which sold for $1.1 million.
The Milton Robson Collection
For 25 years, Milton Robson assembled a truly remarkable collection of cars. Mr. Robson has an eye for the very best in American cars and specifically sought out the rarest and most desirable iterations of each marque, model and era in which he was interested. From early Fords to muscle cars of the late 1960s, it has taken Mr. Robson years of hunting to assemble this hand-picked collection of the best American automobiles. His ’69 GTO Judge Convertible is a perfect example – not only is it a four-speed car with the desirable Ram Air IV motor, it is beautifully restored in triple-black and is one of only five cars like it. A one-off, factory-built ’53 Supercharged Eldorado and the only Chrysler 300F Factory Four-Speed Convertible built are just two more very desirable cars to be sold on Saturday. Other highlights include two very rare ’69 Camaros – one, a superbly restored COPO ZL-1 Four-Speed Coupe and the other, an extraordinary survivor Yenko/SC.