On This Day – January 13 : American industrialist Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile on this day in 1942

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The Soybean car, or “Hemp body car”, was the first car to have a body entirely made of plastic. It was 30% lighter than a regular metal car and the panels were said to be only a quarter of an inch (6 mm) thick.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

What happened today in chemistry? Explore 366 days of chemistry history at On This Day in Chemistry, an RSC Learn Chemistry site. rsc.li/chemistry-calendar