January 13, 2006

Today in Automotive History

1942 Automobiles in Plastic

On this day in 1942, Henry Ford patented a plastic-bodied automobile. The car was 30 percent lighter than ordinary cars. Plastic, a relatively new material in 1942, was revolutionizing industry after industry in the United States. Today most car bodies are still made of metal, but plastic parts are becoming more and more common.

Posted by Quality Weenie at January 13, 2006 08:16 AM | TrackBack

Stupid plastic.

I liked when the whole damn car was steel. You could crash into a brick building and barely scratch it. Now if you hit a shopping cart in the parking lot, you've got $2000 worth of damage.

Posted by: Ogre at January 16, 2006 09:18 AM

They you probably hate the new Plastics slogan

"Plastics the New Steel"

Posted by: Machelle at January 16, 2006 10:13 AM

Why did I just have images of football players in pink uniforms? The Pittsburg Plasticos?

Posted by: Ogre at January 16, 2006 12:07 PM