On this day in automotive history… January 13, 1942…
Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.
Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Company, and one of the sponsors of the development of the moving assembly line technique of mass production.
The Soybean car (erroneously nicknamed the ‘Hemp car’) was a plastic car made by the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. It was introduced to the public on August 13, 1941. The Soybean Car was the first car whose body (excluding chassis) was constructed entirely of plastic. The plastic car used ethanol derived from corn, as fuel.
The patent 2,269,452 for the chassis of the soybean car was issued January 13, 1942.Additional information may be found at – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ford http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soybean_Car
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