Skip to main content

1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Series 26 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Touring Sedan
Chassis Num: 3113436
 
Sold for $308,000 at 2011 RM Auctions.
The 1939 Pontiac Series 26 Deluxe 120 was available in several body styles, most had two doors. There was one four door body style (the Touring Sedan), a two-door coupe, sport coupe, convertible coupe, and a two-door touring sedan. Pricing ranged from $815 - $1,000 and there were a total of 53,830 examples produced during the 1939 model year. Powering the Series 26 was an L-head six-cylinder engine that displaced 222.7 cubic-inches and produced 85 horsepower; it was the same engine found in the Series 25. The transmission was a synchromesh three-speed manual gearbox with a dry disc clutch. The wheelbase was the largest Pontiac had to offer, measuring 120 inches and the same platform used for the Series 28. The Series 26 was longer, lower, and wider than the Quality Six models.

The highlight of the Series 26 lineup was a special vehicle that was designed specifically for general Motors 'highways and Horizons' pavilion at the 1939-40 New Yorks World's Fair.

Norman Bel Geddes designed the GM Pavilion, known as 'Futurama', which foretold the transportation and communities systems of 1960. This peak into the future included 'Previews of Progress,' with items such as 'Yarns made of Milk! Glass that Bends! The Frig-O-Therm that cooks and freezes at the same time! The Talking Flashlight transmitting speech over a light beam!' Sharing the spotlight was the 'Glass' Car - The first full-sized transparent car ever made in America.' General Motors along with Rohm & Haas, the chemical company that had recently developed Plexiglas, built a one-off special body using the chassis of a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six. Rohm & Haas, using drawings for the Pontiac four-door Touring Sedan, constructed an exact replica body using Plexiglas in place of the outer sheet-metal. All the hardware, including the dashboard, was chrome plated. The structural metal underneath was copper washed. The rubber moldings were made in white, as were the car's U.S. Royal all-white tires. The result of the work was an exterior that allowed onlookers to view the cars innards. Fittingly, the car is commonly known as the 'Plexiglas Pontiac' or 'Ghost Car.' It reportedly cost $25,000 to build.

A second Plexiglas car was later built, using a Torpedo Eight chassis, and hurriedly constructed for the 1940 Golden Gate Exposition on Treasure Island, a man-made island in San Francisco Bay. The 1939-40 Deluxe Six is the only one known to survive.

After the New York World's Fair, the Series 26 Ghost Car went on a dealership tour, and then retired to a special display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. where it remained until 1947. It was later owned by a succession of Pennsylvania Pontiac dealers. It appeared at the first annual meet of the new Pontiac-Oakland Club International in 1973 and was purchased by Don Barlup of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. Barlup commissioned a partial restoration from S&H Pontiac of Harrisburg and sold it to collector Leo Gephart in 1979. The current owner's father purchased it from Gephart in the early 1980s, and it has remained in the same family ever since.

Source: RM Auctions

By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2011
Touring Sedan
Chassis Num: P6EA-35162
 
Sold for $68,200 at 2012 Gooding & Company.
This Pontiac Silver Streak Deluxe Six Station Wagon was built in only the third year of Pontiac's Woodie production. This Deluxe Six was sent as a chassis to the Hercules Body Company in Evansville, Indiana - one of two companies that were contracted by GM in 1939 to produce wood bodies for Pontiac station wagons. This Woodie was acquired by a Connecticut owner and was used for many years as an estate vehicle, primarily during the summer months. It is believed that during the winter months, the car was stored on block.

In recent years, it has been owned by a Southern California collector. It was the poster car for the 2003 Wavecrest Woodie Meet in Encinitas, California. The Wavecrest meet is generally recognized as one of the foremost exhibitions of quality wood- bodied station wagons.

This Deluxe Six features period GM fog lights, bumper guards, mirrors, a Deluxe Safety steering wheel, a heater, and a cabin fan that is mounted on the dashboard. It has a recent repaint in the original color.

Though the correct numbers is not known, this station wagon is likely one of no more than a couple thousand examples originally produced. It is one of only seven 1939 examples of the Pontiac Woodie that are registered with the National Woodie Club.

Power is from a 223 cubic-inch L-Head six-cylinder engine breathing through a single-barrel Carter carburetor. It produces 85 horsepower and is mated to a three-speed Synchromesh manual gearbox. There are four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes and a semi-floating rear axle.

In 2012, this car was offered for sale at Gooding & Company's Scottsdale, Arizona auction. It was estimated to sell for $125,000 - $185,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $68,200 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
Touring Sedan
 
The 1939 Pontiac's featured three model lines, the Quality Six, the Deluxe Six and the Deluxe Eight. The Deluxe Six shared the frame and wheelbase of the Eight and the six-cylinder engine of the Quality Six. The engine generated 85 horsepower. For 1939, the Deluxe Six accounted for 53,830 units out of a production run of 144,340.

One feature of the Deluxe Six was a Hypoid rear axle. This enabled a lower position for the driveshaft, which resulted in a lower hump in the passenger compartment. This was the first year for the link-parallelogram steering system. This system stayed in production on GM rear drive cars until the 1990's. The shifter moved from the floor to the steering column and was adjustable to fit the drivers reach.

The only restoration on this vehicle has been some paintwork. It retains its original glass and interior. It also has the original owner's manual, a complete tool kit, clock, radio and heater.
Elio Motors to Make Appearance at Barrett-Jackson
 • Automotive company expects to inform and impress auction attendees
TROY, Mich., Jan. 15, 2014 – Start up transportation company Elio Motors will attend the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19 to showcase their 84 mpg, three-wheel vehicle. The Elio booth will be located in the Sponsor Pavilion of the internationally distinguished and widely popular auction, which caters to car owners and automotive enthusiasts with the sale of automo...[Read more...]
BARRETT-JACKSON SELECT COLLECTION TO DEBUT IN LAS VEGAS
• Six Rare and Sought-after Vehicles Will Cross the Block at Company's Las Vegas Auction on September 26-28, 2013
LAS VEGAS (September 24, 2013) – Barrett-Jackson, The World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced today that it will debut the Barrett-Jackson Select Collection at the company's Las Vegas auction, September 26-28, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Featuring a boutique offering of sports cars and pre-war classics, these rare vehicles have the pote...[Read more...]
Gooding & Company's 2013 Scottsdale Auctions Realize $52.5 Million, up 31% from 2012
• Gooding & Company breaks an Arizona auction week record selling the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider for $8.25 million
• Seven cars sell above the $2 million mark and 12 cars sell above $1 million
• Sixteen World Records Realized for Best-of-Category Cars Sold
SCOTTSDALE, Az. (January 20, 2013) —Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world's most significant and valuable collector cars, realized $52.5 million at its annual Scottsd...[Read more...]
Russo and Steele Smashes World Record in Monterey
1956 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce Coupe 'Ultra Light' Breaks the World Record When Sold in Monterey, CA Monterey car week was buzzing when Russo and Steele opened its gates and allowed car enthusiasts into its venue for the first time this August 16-18, 2012. The venue was everything Russo and Steele had promised and more with staging lanes, lifestyle vendors, live entertainment and the perfect setting to view classic cars in Monterey, CA. To kick off the Saturday night auction Russo a...[Read more...]
Blue-Chip Collectible 1965 Shelby GT350 'R' Goes to Auction
Carrying the number of the last ‘R' model GT-350 for 1965, its excellent preservation during its years in storage, bulletproof documentation and a top-tier sympathetic restoration this automobile is without peer. In January of 1965, the first batch of 1965 Shelby GT350 models was completed to comply with homologation requirements. One of these cars, a Wimbledon White Mustang with the Ford VlN 5RO9K165905, was assigned the Shelby VIN SFM5021 (Shelby American would not employ an ‘S' to d...[Read more...]
Aztek
Bonneville
Catalina
Chieftain
Executive
Fiero
Firebird
G5
G6
G8
Grand Am
Grand Prix
Grand Safari
Grand Ville
GTO
LeMans
Parisienne
Phoenix
Solstice
Star Chief
Streamliner
Sunfire
Tempest
Torpedo
Torrent
Trans Am
Ventura
Vibe

© 1998-2014. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.