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You Might Be Surprised Who Dreamed Up The First Volkswagen

The shape of the modern Volkswagen Beetle doesn’t look much different from the original design (Getty Images)

He wanted to see a new family car that any family could afford because at that time only the wealthy could afford them. The year was 1933 and he made that statement at the Berlin, Germany Auto Show.  It was a short time later when he got together with Ferdinand Porche who had the same vision. Adolf Hitler told him the car he had in mind must be able to carry 3 adults and two children. It should get 42 miles per gallon of gas and be able to travel at speeds of up to 65 miles an hour. Hitler even drew a sketch of what he thought the car should look like at a restaurant table. And that sketch is almost exactly what the car turned out to be. We know it as the Volkswagen Beetle.

It was in 1955 that Volkswagen built it’s 1,000,000th vehicle. And it was on this date in 1955 that Volkswagen opened its first dealership in the United States in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

 

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