Madman’s Dream Car (Dec, 1953)

Madman’s Dream Car

DID HITLER really intend putting a Volkswagen in every Super-man’s garage, or was Der Fuehrer playing a gigantic con game with the German people?

What has the beetle-shaped Volkswagen got that makes it the best-selling car in Europe today?

The answers are supplied in Gordon Wilkins’ fascinating story in the December CARS (The Strange History of “The People’s Car”).

In the same issue:

CARS reveals the fantastic facts behind the plot to suppress a 20-year car battery (The Truth About the Nickel Cadmium Battery).

CARS reports on the latest entry in the automatic transmission field (CARS Tests Chrysler’s PowerFlite Transmissipn).

CARS presents a Who’s Who of the Hop-up World (The Real Wheels Behind Hot Rodding).

CARS gives you the inside track on an amazing discovery that will change your driving habits (Those Fabulous Fluorochemicals).

For bumper-to-bumper coverage of everything automotive read CARS—December issue now on your newsstand—25$

  1. Sorcerer Mickey says: October 22, 200712:28 pm

    The Hitlermobile! (Advertising makes it happen!)

  2. nlpnt says: October 23, 20073:08 am

    Definitely a postwar car (the chrome hood and body side accents came in for 1949), probably a VW press photo (BN= British Zone Niedersachsen, BN38x= Wolfsburg).

    Backdrop definitely NOT a VW press photo.

  3. Neil Russell says: October 23, 20074:24 pm

    That’s an early one, with flip out turn indicators, but it doesn’t have the split back window (maybe it got lost in the picture editing?)

    I used to know my VWs better than I do these days, now I’ll have to hunt up that old copy of “Small World” (I think that’s what it’s called, this getting old thing stinks!!)

  4. Timmay says: August 22, 201012:22 pm

    Most likely a ’53. I believe that most historians agree that Hitler did intend for the Volkswagen to be a an inexpensive car for the masses. I’ve even seen film footage of Hitler riding in an early convertible prototype. The car didn’t go into production until after the war. It was the British occupation forces that gave it the nick name of Beetle because of its obvious shape and also because most of the early production models were painted black.

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