See-through 1940 Pontiac

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See-through 1940 Pontiac

Postby scowsa » Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:11 pm


Apparently, GM built two – possibly three – transparent cars for the New York World’s Fair of 1939-1940, one of which was a Deluxe seven-window touring sedan (B-body), the other of which was a Torpedo five-window touring sedan (C-body). It’s the touring sedan (B-body) we see here.

On the chassis of a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six, GM collaborated with Rohm & Haas, the chemical company that had recently developed Plexiglas. The world’s first transparent acrylic sheet product, Plexiglas was a serendipitous discovery arising from Rohm & Haas’ work with laminated safety glass.


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Postby Slim and Gabby » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:36 pm

In my opinion one of the most totally boss cars ever built! Being a body guy, I think you would either have scratches, polish out, or complete replacement of any panel, uff da!

Here's a Bulova Accutron along those same lines, BTW, they were first sold in 1960:


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Postby egads » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:25 pm

I wanted one of those so bad when I was a kid. I remember dragging my mom into a jewelry store to show her. I think I tried to do chores to save up for one. Knowing my mom, I doubt she ever paid enough to get me close. I think I gave up a settled for a transistor radio.

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