engine — but the plan had to be scrapped to deal with the catastrophic world war that Hitler was setting into motion.
After the war, German industry couldn’t afford to stand on ceremony or an excess of good taste, nor did their Allied occupiers want them to. The design for the car that would later become the iconic Volkswagen Beetle was utilized to help revive the devastated economy of post-war Germany, which had become a crucial bulwark in the West’s Cold War battle with the Soviet Union. The fact that the little car had been set in motion by the most hated man of the 20th century was neither here nor there, and the VW Bug became a vehicle that was happily driven by millions of people, including ironically enough, many of the kind of freethinking creative folks who Hitler had dreamed of permanently removing from the earth.
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