July 10, 2011, - 7:57 pm

COOLEST. CAR. EVER.: Ghost Car Up for Auction

By Debbie Schlussel

If you love looking at beautiful old-fashioned and classic cars as I do, I think you’ll find this–the 1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six Ghost Car–very cool.  As its name implies, you can see through its outer, clear Plexiglass cover made by the company Rohm and Haas.  General Motors made it for its “Highways and Horizons” exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York.  The car also has white tires and goes up for auction in the Detroit area on July 30th.  It is expected to go for nearly half a million dollars.

One wonders, if it gets in a fender-bender, whether a good body shop can fix it.  You’d probably need a good plexiglass artist, instead, and it would cost you a pretty penny. More about this very cool car from Motor Trend.  A Dodge Viper would look cool like this.

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Classic cars look cool but they lack modern creature comforts and amenities and lack compliance with modern safety standards. And there are no spare parts to keep them running.

Its not a good value even at half a million dollars. I value function over form but then I like the Bauhaus approach to aesthetics. Keep it simple, stupid!

NormanF on July 10, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Norman–what time is is it where you’re at? Are you awake yet?
    If you have half a mil to piss away on a toy, do you really think such things as “modern creature comforts,” “amenities,”
    “safety standards,”–”good value”–mean a damn….Nevermind.
    You’re not gettin’ it, Sparky–Go back to bed.

    shegundala on July 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

Put me in that and I wouldn’t dare to do anything that would get me in a fender bender… I’d be putting along at 10mph due to overprotection and a desire for everybody to get a nice eyeful of that beast. That machine is about as cool as cool can get.

Brian R. on July 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I love classic automobiles, they are the best as I’m concerned. Also, old school vehicles are made 100% “metal”, whereas today’s automobiles are complete crap, they are made with a combonation of metal-&-plastic, and now wonder when vehicles of today get into accidents, the vehicle is almost wrecked.

I’m not saying that classic vehicles don’t get wrecked when there involved in accidents, but when there involved in accidents, the classic vehicles aren’t as wrecked as the ones of today. That’s the way I see it, and I happen to be a young person under 35 (in my prime years) years old!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on July 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

When a poem of Jimi Hendrix sells for 2M…nothing surprises me. I love old cars, but this thing is silly.

#1 Vato on July 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Wow. You some of you people sure aren’t “car guys”, huh? My old man was an engineer for Chrysler back in the 60s and 70s, so I grew up with the Detroit car show being the highlight of my year and I have 5W-30 in my veins.

This thing is awesome and a pristine slice of automotive history. Although, if I had $500k I’m not sure if I’d spend it on this or rather get six ZO6 Corvettes and Ford F-150 Raptor, one for each day of the week.

DS_ROCKS! on July 11, 2011 at 12:16 am

American-made cars of the 50-80s were absolute junk. Shoddily built and throw away junkyard waste. The Japanese-built reliable cars, cars that needed minimal maintenance and were made to last. That’s why the American auto industry has been struggling. I like a car that gives me little trouble. I wish they made good cars people would want to get in and keep!

NormanF on July 11, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Norman, you’re partially correct. Starting in the late 50s, GM,Ford and Chrysler products declined in quality.

    The energy crisis combined with the facts that Japanese cars were fuel efficient and cheap,while at the same time Detroit was cranking out gas guzzlers led to the popularity of Japanese cars in the US.

    Yes,many Japanese cars beginning in the 1970s surpassed American cars in reliability, but not all. It was mainly Toyota and to a lesser extent some Nissan and Hondas as well.

    But there were some bad Japanese cars as well. Nissan(Datsun),Subaru, and Mazda made some terrible cars in the 60s and 70s.

    Japanese cars really began to hit their stride in the 80s – at the same time that American car quality declined even further.

    Scott on July 11, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Enough with the consumer reports, biased drivel, NormanF. The “quality” issue is a fallacy and now the Asian mfrs. are showing their true, predatory colors.

    I know you don’t care and will never change your mind, but do think of the US auto industry and the people who’ve died and families destroyed if you’re ever car-jacked or a loved one is gunned down in an urban robbery as you enjoy your “quality” Camry or Accord because there’s a blood tax on each one and it affects us all.

    DS_ROCKS! on July 11, 2011 at 3:51 am

It’s a real shame and an outrage that America lacks a true world class quality prestige car that people of wealth and prominence would be proud to be seen in. Mercedes,BMW,Rolls Royce, and even Lexus are the cars these people choose – all foreign makes.

Packard(especially before WW2) was the last American car to be considered by many as the finest car in the world. Packard was the car of choice by more heads of state than even Rolls Royce.

Scott on July 11, 2011 at 2:31 am

Speaking as an engineer with 25+ years supplying steel to the automotive world, and as a certified car freak since the age of 10, I think this thing is a seriously cool curiosity that belongs in some world-class museum.

In the same vein, Allegheny Ludlum Steel and Ford had three go-rounds of car bodies made from stainless steel, 1936 Ford Coupes, 1959 T-Birds, and 1963 Lincoln convertibles. DeLoreans merely had stainless skins – these cars are 100% stainless, brush finish SS outer and underbodies, polished SS trim, stainless exhausts. Some of these are in museums and some are in private hands. The history and locations of these are findable via web search. One of the ’36 coupes recently changed hands at a Mecum auction. I can personally attest that the T-Birds are just gorgeous – A-L used to bring one across town to the Pitt Engineers’ Week parade every year. But they wouldn’t let me drive it….

Dick on July 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

I’ve had Hondas, VW Golf GTI’s, Mini Cooper S’s and all manner of lesser vehicles usually supplied by the Ad Agencies I worked for, but now?

A SAAB 900i 1992 Reg, one previous owner who was a friend and the best, most informed SAAB man I’ve ever known. Wind up windows and sunroof, ignition switch next to the gear shift and also acting as an in reverse shift lock, heated seats, headlight washers, built like a tank and capable of enough acceleration and speed one could ever need.

Cost to me a couple of years ago here in Britain? £500.

The best car I’ve owned. Why have they gone out of business?

logdon on July 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

When this Administration gets done collapsing the US economy and, along with it, every known American Freedom, ANY car will be a luxury.

Welcome to the world of the Flintstones.
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Watchful waiting.

GM Car of the Future on July 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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