Early Volkswagen Advert
THE VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
"It should have the shape of a June bug" - Adolf Hitler
A somewhat faded original sketch by Adolf of what the car he conceived might look like. The sketch was drawn in the "Osteria Baveria" restaurant in Munich for Jacob Werlin, head of the Daimler-Benz agency.
Adolf instructed him: "Take it with you and speak with people who understand more about it than I do. But don't forget it. I want to hear from you soon, about the technical aspects."
The name "Volkswagen" was chosen by Adolf Hitler.
"Hitler used to describe how the city folk returned from their Sunday outings in overflowing trains, getting their buttons torn off, their hats crushed, their good mood ruined and every benefit of the relaxation wasted; how different it would be if the city workers could afford their own cars to go on real Sunday outings"
- Schwerin von Krosigk
While in prison, Adolf dreamt of a network of highways spanning the length and breadth of the country. He spoke of a small car that everyday people could afford, which would travel on these roads and open the country to German people.
"It should have the shape of a June bug", Adolf said.
Nature itself suggested the car's aerodynamic line.
That is why the car was later called a "Beetle"
Soon after taking office as German Chancellor, Adolf announced plans to build cheap cars for German families and offered them on low payments.
Early Volkswagen advertisement for the "Strength Through Joy" car.
In those days no workers had cars because they were much too expensive and the roads were primitive and congested. The "Volkswagen" would eventually cost only one-tenth as much as the normal automobile of those times. Because of this many Germans could for the first time explore their own country.
The spinoffs in industry would become one of Germany's most important industries and sources of employment.
The person that Adolf chose to design the Beetle was that German engineering genius, Professor Ferdinand Porsche.
Below is an advert portraying a "VW" Volkswagen symbol inside an ornate, wheel-like Swastika, with Professor Porsche benevolently viewing his handiwork with a peaceful German family enjoying the benefits of the world's cheapest and most loved car.
Model-12 VW prototype
About 336,000 Germans paid money into a savings program initiated by KdF and administered by the Volkswagen company who used the funds to build the largest automobile factory in Europe.
German participants were promised that the first vehicles would be delivered in 1940. Of course the war changed all of this as production was first diverted for military use.
After the war, the savings scheme was honored in full by VW for all Germans west of the Iron Curtain, but it was not politically possible to do so for Germans in Communist East Germany.
During the war, production was diverted for military use.
The "Kuebelwagen" (above) was built around essentially the same Volkswagen Beetle and functioned exceptionally well even in the North African desert.
The Schwimmwagen was also built around the basic VW Beetle and was designed to drive mostly submerged through rivers and other bodies of water that would stop any normal vehicle.
Even after the most popular car of all time stopped production, the allure of the basic shape conceived by Adolf Hitler spawned a new Volkswagen that lives into the next century.
I know nothing about cars so i don't know if the Volkwagon is a Porsche but Hitler designed the modern Porsche and called it Super Car.
Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche (born September 19, 1909 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria-Hungary – died March 27, 1998 in Zell am See, Austria), mainly known as Ferry Porsche, was an Austrian technical automobile designer and automaker-entrepreneur. He operated Porsche AG in Stuttgart, Germany. His father, Ferdinand Porsche Sr was also a renowned automobile engineer. His nephew, Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, was chairman of Volkswagen from 1993 to 2002, and his son, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, was involved in the design of the 911.
Ferry Porsche's life was intimately connected with that of his father, Ferdinand Porsche, Sr, who began sharing his knowledge of mechanical engineering already in his childhood. With his father he opened a bureau of automobile design, in Stuttgart in 1931.
They worked together to fulfill their country's National Socialist regime's needs and they met Adolf Hitler at many business events. The Volkswagen Beetle was designed by Ferdinand Porsche, Sr and a team of engineers (including Ferry Porsche).
After World War II, while his father remained imprisoned in France being accused of war crimes, Ferry Porsche ran their company. Aided by the postwar Volkswagen enterprise, he created the first real Porsches. Despite the political-economical adversities of the postwar years, the company manufactured automobiles and, eventually, became a world powerhouse for producing sport cars.