Soybean Car, This Day in History.

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Award 00808165

What is it?
The "Soybean Car" was actually a plastic-bodied car unveiled by Henry Ford on August 13, 1941 at Dearborn Days, an annual community festival.

What was it made of?
The frame, made of tubular steel, had 14 plastic panels attached to it. The car weighed 2000 lbs., 1000 lbs. lighter than a steel car. The exact ingredients of the plastic panels are unknown because no record of the formula exists today. One article claims that they were made from a chemical formula that, among many other ingredients, included soybeans, wheat, hemp, flax and ramie; while the man who was instrumental in creating the car, Lowell E. Overly, claims it was "…soybean fiber in a phenolic resin with formaldehyde used in the impregnatio.

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Comments (3)

KimLynn Tipton
Keller Williams Realty Inc. - Dallas, TX
www.DHomesOnline,com

That's pretty cool, I had not ever heard of the "Soybean Car" before, thank you for sharing

Jan 13, 2015 07:50 AM
Linda Ring
Century 21 Award - La Mesa, CA
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Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed.

 

Jan 13, 2015 07:53 AM
Linda Blumenthal
Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087 - Westhampton Beach, NY
NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR

I just emailed your post to a vegan....I'm sure they would love to hear about this car.  Who knew?

Jan 13, 2015 10:00 AM