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Today in History (1937): German Automobile Manufacturer Volkswagen was founded

Here’s a slice of history for VW collectors!

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Talk about vintage.

Who isn’t familiar with Volkswagen? Who hasn’t seen—-and probably admired—-a Beetle, Karmann Ghia, or Kombi in his lifetime?

On May 28, 1937, the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen was founded by the German Labour Front as an answer to the transportation needs of the public. Back then, the automobile industry was dominated by luxury cars which regular citizens could not afford. Projects that involved the production of “people’s cars” were in place and Volkswagen was the most prolific of all these endeavors.

It was actually Ferdinand Porsche, an Austrian-German automotive engineer(now with an entirely different car company named after him), who designed the Volkswagen Type 1 or what we have come to know as the Volkswagen Beetle.

The first Volkswagen factory was built in 1938, but it was only in 1945 that VW Type 1’s grew in production. The 1950’saw the Volkswagen Type 2, more popularly known as the Kombi, Transporter, Microbus or the Bully; as well as the elegant, sophisticated Karmann Ghia.

Check out some creative shots of arguably the coolest cars ever built!

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written by jillytanrad

2 comments

  1. roboticoffee

    roboticoffee

    Great little article. Makes me long for the days when I was cruising around in my old 64 bug.
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  2. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    Das ist mein Lieblingsauto!

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