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By Jack Nerad, One Networks

If the history of the Volkswagen were presented as fiction, no one believe it was plausible. What is now the popular car the world has ever suffered so many false and survived so much hardship, it is difficult to imagine a harder to success. Yet, somehow, the Beetle not only survived but

The roots of the Volkswagen date to 1912 when Dr. Ferdinand designed a horizontally opposed aircraft engine that a remarkable similarity to the Beetle’s The Volkswagen saga doesn’t begin, however, until when Porsche was granted an from Zundapp, a German manufacturer that was giving to entering the automobile business.

seemed the perfect man for the assignment, after serving with through its merger with in 1926, the good doctor was on his own as a Germany-based engineer-for-hire. So successful was enterprise that it employed a dozen engineers and auto and it served as a skunkworks for several car experimental projects. By the time and Zundapp got together, the Austrian-born had already completed assignments for Wanderer and Mercedes-Benz.

The Porsche-designed Zundapp car featured a frame, streamlined body and engine, the latter two, of hallmarks of the Volkswagen Beetle to A working prototype of the car was ready for in 1932, but with the motorcycle heating up at the time, Zundapp interest in the project.

Disappointed and a angry, Porsche then the project to another motorcycle NSU. That company was the possibility of building a car in the 1.5-liter and Porsche’s proposal filled the Several more prototypes built, including one with a engine, and suspension was changed to a bar-system before Porsche’s engine concept resurfaced. saw a great deal of promise in the prototype, but NSU decided not to go into with it.

At this point a determined person, particularly one who was off and well respected, might dropped the whole idea and on to the next commission. But instead, sent a letter to the German extolling the virtues of his design and that it would be the perfect Car. In fairly rapid he got a reply from the German a fellow by the name of Adolph who challenged Porsche to develop and a five-passenger car capable of all-day at a 62 mile-per-hour top speed. To make it was true to its People’s Car concept, also specified a low price


Under the watchful and not particularly eye of the Reichsverband der Automobilindustrie (the motor industry association) proceeded. Delays stretched the 10-month contract to nearly two as the Porsche team set out to break new in the construction of a light, inexpensive

Despite the temptation to specify a conventional engine, which also have been Porsche was convinced that his rear-mounted flat-four was the right He similarly believed that construction, including a torsionally belly pan, would a high quality car equal to the of high speed travel on new autobahns.

The first prototype was in 1935. Though it is definitely as a Volkswagen, the prototype did have notable differences, including headlights perched on the hood the lid of the luggage compartment) and rear-hinged doors. Designed by Erwin the prototype did have the distinctive shape, but it lacked running that would be a bow to tradition in the design.

The Volkswagen concept evolved two more prototypes — a sedan and a convertible — were exhibited at the 1936 auto show. The German association was critical of the design, in because it threatened the status quo in part, because it failed to the established price bogey. the Fuhrer behind the project, their efforts to de-rail the failed, and a plan was instituted to a greenfield factory to manufacture the With a planned production of one million units a year, of the contemporary German factories had enough capacity.

As construction of the proceeded, new prototypes of the vehicle shown to the press and in the July 3, edition, the New York Times to the car, somewhat derisively, as the Hitler, however, had another for it, dubbing it the KDF-Wagen, with the KDF standing for Kraft Durch (Strength Through Joy.)

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With development testing behind it, the design was ready for and, though years had since Dr. Porsche first it, the car was still ahead of its time. At the of the car was an 1131 cubic centimeter cylinder engine that out 24 horsepower. A fan forced air over the ribs of each cylinder for and oil pump cum oil cooler also proper lubrication. The engine was enough that mounting it the rear axle did not prove too to handling, and it was tough enough to run all day at throttle.

The compact engine was to a four-speed-plus-reverse gearbox built an integral differential. Independently half-shafts (so called swing transferred the power to each The shafts were located by arms and sprung by torsion The bars were firmly to the stamped steel body which years later, be the basis of many a dune

Atop all this was the bug-like actually larger and roomier one might guess at first The car could transport five in relative comfort. By start of the headlights had found their way the front of the fenders, flanking the cargo hatch.

By 1939 the construction of the factory was smoothly, and more than thrifty German citizens had up for the Strength through Joy savings which, they believed, soon assure them of a new KDF-Vagen. The German populace was for the vehicles, since fewer one in 30 owned a car.

But their were dashed by the dreams of who ordered the invasion of Poland in 1939, starting World War II. By the still-uncompleted Volkswagen factory was to war production, building Kubelvagens, a vehicle. When the war ended in the British administrators of the area the factory get up and running again, the Volkswagen for a variety of military, and governmental organizations.

The car didn’t go on to the general public until and that same year signed its first export with a firm in the Netherlands. It was the of what would be millions of in exports. Finally, after Heinrich Nordoff as managing in 1948, the British relinquished of Volkswagen the following year, and the was free to pursue its own destiny. destiny would result in of some 20 million Volkswagen worldwide, as VW rose from the to become Europe’s biggest car and one of the most innovative car makers in the

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