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Incredible Invisible Car Sells At Michigan Auction


Chicago, Illinois  ~  (Reuters) ~ Car collectors will pay top dollar for a unique auto but what will $308,000 buy you?  An invisible Pontiac.  To be more accurate, a transparent Pontiac.

Names in exotic car makes include Dusenberg, Bugatti, Ferrari but Pontiac?  Try not to think of that rusty Firebird one of your high school classmates drove and picture, well, nothing.  That’s right on July 23 a Michigan resident bought an invisible 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six for $308,000.

This transparent car, also known as “the ghost car”, was built from Plexiglas for the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair.  The visible portions of the car, including the frame and portions of the engine were copper plated to appear more elegant.  After the event the car toured the country in various dealerships and eventually found itself in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian Museum.  After leaving the museum, the auto was housed by one family since the 1980’s, who were saddened to see their invisible car leave them.

The rarity of “the ghost car” is great, only one other was produced and has not been found.  Apparently the car is in great condition as well, having fewer 100 miles on the odometer, due to being shipped to almost all of its destinations.  According to the auctioneer the car is extremely rare and in extremely good condition.  Obviously, the car can’t rust but surely it shows dirt worse than any car ever made.

Surprisingly, the “ghost car” wasn’t the most valuable car at this Michigan auction.  That title belonged to a 1932 Packard Twin Six Custom Convertible, formerly owned by American music legend Al Jolson.  That auto sold for $1.1 million.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Detroit News, David Guralnick

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