1940 transparent Pontiac automobile on display, 1946 Antique Automotive Exposition
View of the 1940 transparent Pontiac car, made of Plexiglas, on display in the Engineering Safety Exhibit, 1946 Antique Automotive Exposition. Sign in front of car reads: "X-ray car. This car, which was displayed at the New York World's Fair was built only to show the structural features of the unisteel turret top body as constructed at that time. It is a 1940 model." Sign overhead reads: "Bodies: safety advances & engineering." Sign in background: "Engineering progress." Label on back: "One corner of the Engineering Safety Exhibit, a feature of the week-long Antique Automotive Exposition. Sponsored by the Detroit Section, Society of Automotive Engineers, the exhibit emphasized that engineers were building safety into vehicles long before traffic became a problem. In addition to the plastic body car shown were animated exhibits indicating the strength of safety glass, the varied tests given automotive parts before final assembly, the efforts of the manufacturer in building a stronger, safer vehicle through the years. The Exposition, held in Detroit's Convention Hall from June 3 through June 9, drew a crowd of 175,000 people. It was one of the major events of the Automotive Golden Jubilee."
- Resource ID:
- Experimental automobiles
- Pontiac automobile
- Automobiles, Plastic
- Trade shows--Michigan--Detroit
- Photographic prints
- 1 photographic print ; 8 x 10 in.
- National Automotive History Collection
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