While reading another car blog, it was brought to my attention that Volkswagen is 74 years old today. As a satisfied VW owner myself, I just wanted to wish VW a happy birthday.
It's beginnings were dubious, of course. Adolf Hitler wanted a car for the people, and Ferdinand Porsche designed the Beetle. Volkswagen means "people's car" in German. Of course, Mr. Hitler's plans for world domination got in the way, the Beetle was converted to military use as the Kübelwagen.
There are two short articles after the jump. The first article is from Popular Science, May 1944, during WWII. The following article is from Oct. 1950 when the first Beetles showed up in the USA.
|Popular Science, May 1944 page 1|
|Popular Science, May 1944 page2|
|Popular Science, Oct 1950 page 1|
|Popular Science, Oct 1950 page2|