Did you know? the first volkswagen beetle was designed by ferdinand porsche.

it's no secret that porsche is owned by volkswagen, but the former didn't begin by building cars.

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The German supercar superpower had roots not in producing automobiles, but in offering motor vehicle development work and consulting. One of the first assignments the company was given came from the German government, tasking them with the designing a "car for the people". It's no coincidence that the name Volkswagen means just that in German. Well, "people car" - thus, the Volkswagen Beetle was born, going on to be one of the most successful car designs of all time.

In 1939, the Porsche 64 was developed using many parts from the Beetle. The chassis was heavily reinforced, and the engine tinkered to produce an eye watering 40 horsepower. Hold on to your hats. The story takes a sad turn however when we learn that after one of the the last two remaining 64s was put into storage, it remained there until May of 1945 when American troops discovered it, cut off its roof, and used it for joyriding for a few weeks until eventually the engine gave up and the car was scrapped... A moment of silence please.

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Comments (4)

  • The first Beetle was a Porsche, yes, but it didn't come off the Wolfsburg production line, as the factory hadn't been built yet. It was made in Porsche's own workshop.

      4 years ago
  • I heard that early bugs had no oil filter, just a mesh screen that you hosed off occasionally.

      4 years ago
  • The first Beetle off the assembly line was actually... a Porsche.

      4 years ago