See-through Pontiac sells for £189k
First transparent car built in USA sells at St John’s auction, is made of Plexiglas
Posted: 02 Aug 2011
It's 1935, and American civilisation is riding the ragged summit of the Great Depression. Step forward four retired NYC policemen and their plan to enliven the spirits of their embattled countrymen with a fair; a fair to refocus New York's - and indeed the world's - citizens to a more prosperous and enriching future.
It's 1939, and the New York World's Fair opens - on the 150th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration as President - to a fanfare of pomp and celebration. There were speeches from Roosevelt and Einstein, a time capsule, rare animals, and America's first transparent car: the Pontiac Plexiglas.
And this 72-year old see-through hunk of Americana has just sold at auction for £189,000 ($308,000).
Words: Vijay Pattni