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"It was my preferred entertainment when I was a kid, so when I set out to be a writer, it was perfectly natural that I should write the sort of stories that I used to enjoy reading."
- John Brunner

Transparent Car Roof  
  You can see through the roof of the car.  

Early prediction of this idea.

He gave up the speculation, noted the road behind was temporarily clear, then raised his eyes as something darkened the gyrocar’s transparent roof. It was a police autogyro, hanging from spinning vanes, its landing wheels a yard above the hurtling car.
From Sinister Barrier, by Eric Frank Russell.
Published by Unknown in 1939
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How many cars had an entirely glass roof before the Tesla Model S?

As far as I know, the earliest "moonroof" (a small glass window set into the roof) was 1934.

Compare to glassite from Brigands of the Moon (1930) by Ray Cummings, artificial transparent element from Last and First Men (1930) by Olaf Stapledon, neo-crystal from Master of the Asteroid (1932) by Clark Ashton Smith, plani glass from Crystalized Thought (1937) by Nat Schachner, thermalite from Planet of Eternal Night (1939) by John W. Campbell and slow glass from Light of Other Days (1968) by Bob Shaw.

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