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    The History of the Volkswagen Beetle

    I found this looking for WWII Era pictures of Vienna, and this article caught my eye.
    The Beetle: From Hitler to Hippies

    Meet the Beetle

    No silhouette in the history of automotives is as recognizable as that of the long-lived, beloved, all-things-to-all-people VW Beetle. (Nor, as anyone who has ever sat in one can readily attest, is there anything quite like that singular, evocative mingled aroma of oil and plastic that every single Beetle ever made seemed to exude from the moment it left the assembly line.) But we digress ...

    Photo: Hulton Getty/Getty Images
    Jan 01, 1965


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    The People's Car
    "Volkswagen," as most everyone knows, translates as "the people's car." Originally, though, the car was named the "KdF-Wagen," with KdF short for "Kraft durch Freude," or "Strength Through Joy" -- the Third Reich's officially sanctioned leisure organization. Adolf Hitler commanded Porsche to create the vehicle in the late 1930s in order to stimulate the German economy and, incidentally, to spark engineering advances that Hitler hoped would help drive the Nazi war machine. It wasn't until after WWII that the car became known pretty much everywhere as "the Beetle." Pictured: Hitler admires a VW model as designer Ferdinand Porsche points out, evidently to the Fuhrer's delight, that the KdF's engine is located in the back.
    In this photo: Adolf Hitler, Ferdinand Porsche
    Photo: Heinrich Hoffmann/Getty Images
    Apr 20, 1938


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    Cornerstone
    Hitler and other Nazi notables during a 1938 ceremony celebrating the laying of the cornerstone at the Fallersleben Volkswagen works near Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.
    In this photo: Adolf Hitler
    Photo: Hugo Jaeger./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
    Jun 25, 1938


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    Beetle Picnic
    A group of friends sits beside a Beetle along the road to Woodstock.
    Photo: Three Lions/Getty Images
    Aug 01, 1969


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralf Rossa View Post
    As I understood it, "Volk" didnt just mean people, it had deeper conitations of the Spirtual German people, so I wonder why they didnt just call it "The Master Race car", that would have gone down well.
    Umm, no. Of course the word "Volk" has its deeper connotations, but I always find it curious how the words "Volk" and "Vaterland", especially when used together, are thought to be Hitler's inventions by inhabitants of the Anglosphere.

    To us they're normal everyday words, that no one would consider to be connected with any ideology whatsoever. Even the leftists would use these words in casual conversation, unless they were trying to be overly clever or pseudo-intellectual.

    I also find the statement of "The Master Race car" idiotic TBH. It's a shame that 65 years on, some English still appear to believe the half-baked statement that Hitler was trying to breed a Master Race of blonde-haired, blue-eyed Aryans to take over the world. It's there that it becomes evident that the propaganda machinery is still rampant in even English nationalists' mind.

    There's always a spark of truth in the application of eugenics, however the Anglospherian over-amplifies this by far, and at best should look into the mirror: It's mildly funny that Britain, on whose former Empire the sun would never set, accuses/d another country of trying to take over the world - the irony!

    By the way I love these cars, and especially the split screen camper vans, Iam just complaining aout the hypocricy of it all. They would allow us to fly Nazi flags if they thought they could make money from it.
    In the UK, you can buy Third Reich Reichskriegsflaggen from specialists for Militaria which are "Made in Pakistan", so it's not really that far off the truth.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    They designed the old beetle which was superior for its time. It was incredibly cheap to make (still is). You can get one for about $6,000 brand new. The gas mileage was really good for the time and it was the safest car to drive. They no longer allow it since the 80s in the U.S. because of emission standards. But they still sell them new in mexico and certain places. The modern "bug" is totally different. It cost around $15,000 new hardly economical for the common folk I think, it has ok gas mileage, nothing great, the only thing that is similar is the outer design. The whole point of the volkswagon was to make something cheap, efficient and affordable so that everbody could own a car.
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    Iam sorry that you have completely misunderstood me Sigurd, thats the shortcomings of written comunication, I was being sarcastic at the whole anti-Hitler propogander campaign unless its suits them because they can make money, so my quote about calling the VW the Master race car was me having a dig at the propoganderists who of course dont use such language when it suits them.

    I personally have never come across the term "Master Race" from a German source, though I can imagine Hitler might have used it in the context of showing he could prove the Germans where more worthy of that title than those who do truly consider themselves the Master race, namely the Jews, you only have to read the Bible book of Deuteronomy to see God himself told them they where "the Master Race", if they remained faithfull.

    No Sigurd, dont worry, truth is coming out here in UK but of course the Jewish media still keep it hidden as best they can.

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    If you are Evil like me you turn them into this

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    Abel the founder of Tasmania would be Proud.. You have made a Käfer look a Mean Machine : )

    Amazing they are still to be seen on the Roads of EVERYWHERE upon this planet!!

    Name the country and you will find a Käfer *Şbeetle* in about every corner..

    It shows up the hypocrisy time and time again of the victors of WW2..
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    Volkswagon's Web-Site Has pretty nice presentation regarding the New Beetle.

    Classical curves


    Now another chapter in the success story has been written: the New Beetle is even more dynamic, even sportier and even more striking. This is a result of the reworked styling of thewings, the new oval shape of the front and rear lights, and many other new details. The New Beetle has many qualities. Beauty is certainly one of them.

    Pure aesthetics


    The special aura of the New Beetle is also noticeable on the road. The body-colour door mirrors with built-in indicators are a real eye-catcher, and also offer a bonus in terms of safety as a result of the optimum visibility of the indicators. Intelligent functionality and exciting looks complement each other in the New Beetle – right down to the smallest detail.

    Wonderful inner values


    The interior of the New Beetle is a place to feel good in. Sophisticated materials and excellent design create an extraordinary, bright ambience.

    A new classic


    54 years lay between the presentation of the Beetle Cabriolet in 1949 and the introduction of the New Beetle Cabriolet in the spring of 2003. 54 years affected by scientific and technical progress – especially in the automotive industry. And yet the two vehicles have a great deal in common: they offer open-top driving pleasure to anyone and everyone.

    Tradition and modernity


    The New Beetle Cabriolet is the contemporary update of the original Beetle Cabriolet. With exterior design cues from its classic predecessor, the new model's inner values are entirely modern: the levels of safety, performance and comfort offered by the New Beetle Cabriolet set standards in its class.

    Looking smart in any season


    The New Beetle Cabriolet always looks a picture. Its powerful curves, the long wheelbase and wide track convey a sense of sporty dynamism. However, as soon as the soft top has been folded up and is lying flat but still visible on top at the rear, the New Beetle Cabriolet displays its own very particular charm. A trim strip running right around the car strikingly emphasises the transition between body and hood and the bottom edge of the windscreen.

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    Thats! NOT!!!!!!! a Beetle

    the Engine is in the wrong end

    Sorry but its just un-German to have one
    Tasmanian twice the heads!!.......twice the intelligence!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theTasmanian View Post
    Thats! NOT!!!!!!! a Beetle

    the Engine is in the wrong end
    You've got a good point there! My dad used to have something very similar to this one. I could just barely remember it.

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