For sale: A transparent Pontiac!
The sale car is on display in St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 19, 1940.
But wait! A different transparent Pontiac is on display in Los Angeles in April 1941. ALSO from the World’s Fair.
Here’s the mystery of the see-through car. Hemmings Motor News has a feature on the sale of a transparent Pontiac. The story is a bit complicated but here’s what I found: According to The Times clips, General Motors built a transparent car for the New York World’s Fair and in April 1941 the vehicle was displayed in Los Angeles, as show in the ad above.
The vehicle was so popular that Fisher Body decided to build another transparent Pontiac for the 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition.
But as you will notice, there were actually two transparent Pontiacs, each of which toured the U.S. after the World’s Fair. The transparent car built for the Golden Gate exposition was apparently a third car. The estimated sale price of the transparent car is $275,000 to $475,000.
Photo: Transparent Pontiac Credit: RM Auctions