In the christmas of 1945, 70 years ago, the Volkswagen Type 1, which later all the world would know as the Volkswagen Beetle, came out of the factory in Wolfsburg. They had spent only a few months of the end of the Second World War in Europe. The launch of the that would be one of the great icons of nazi Germany had to be postponed, all the industry resources available at the factory in Wolfsburg had placed at the service of the military machine of Germany, that with the different fronts open to one and to the other side of Europe, was to supply their troops. American troops would come in the factory of Wolfsburg on April 11, 1945, to transfer control of its media, and its 6,000 workers, to the british in June. And so finally to prepare a plan to give to this factory civil use for which it was created, the production of the Volkswagen Beetle.
The production of Wolfsburg began months after the entry of the soviet troops in Berlin, and the decision on the part of the americans of the factory that had to devote all their resources to the war machine of nazi Germany.
on August 22, Wolfsburg had already received a first booking of 20,000 units, which ensured the immediate future of the factory and its workers, in a period as difficult economically as happened in the great war. The factory and its workers had managed to get rid of their dismantling, and the first Beetle would begin to occur to the work of the Allies, and to meet the health needs of the rural areas of Germany.
The project of Hitler and the Kraft durch Freude had been completed. But far from serving to fatten up the industrial strength of the failed empire envisioned by national socialism, it became the perfect instrument to help the recovery of a nation depressed by the ravages of the war, and embarrassed before the world.
the car of The German people was destined to become one of the flagships of the squad propaganda of the nazi regime, Kraft durch Freude. During its development, we produced various prototypes, manufactured primarily in wood, as this VW 3…
… or this VW 30 later.
The Volkswagen Beetle is, without a doubt, one of the models with a commercial history more extensive. And was made in Germany in 1973.
incredible as it may seem, the Volkswagen Beetle was manufactured in Mexico, in the city of Puebla (whose factory we see in this image), until the year 2003.
Advertising of the sixties: “The Volkswagen runs, and runs, and runs…”
In 1938 began to roll the first Beetle, pre-production, prototypes VW38, through the streets of Berlin.
This seems to be the more secure way than they had at the time of load a Volkswagen Beetle in a boat.
And as a picture is worth a thousand words, so I was traveling around the world the Volkswagen Beetle to your destination.
If there is something flashed the Volkswagen Bettle was precisely because of their international expansion. In this image we see a fleet of cars manufactured in Mexico, ready for a transfer oceanic.
Volkswagen Beetle also marketed, and produced, in the african continent. This image is from 1958.
The Volkswagen Beetle is also one of the best examples of the German miracle. In April 1945 the soviet army enters Berlin and Hitler commits suicide along with Eva Braun in the bunker of the Chancellery. Germany is devastated by the war, and is occupied militarily. Despite all this, in 1950, was produced in Wolfsburg the unit number to 100,000 of the Volkswagen Beetle. And a decade later, Germany would be one of the strongest economies in the world.
5 years later than the milestone of 100,000 units in 1955, it manufactured the Beetle number 1 million.
And so it was held in Wolfsburg. With a mosaic of cars including.
In 1972 had already been made 15.007.034 units of the Volkswagen Beetle.
Officially, the Beetle had surpassed the 15.007.033 units that were produced for the Ford Model T.
may 15, 1981 he went out of the factory of Puebla in Mexico, the unit number 20 million.
The production of the Beetle original ceased definitively in Mexico with 21.529.464 units produced…
… a July 30, 2003. Almost seven decades after his birth.
did you Know that…? Back in the sixties, the Beetle was making a windshield wiper, to save the need to install a system that bombease fluid to clean the windshield, took advantage of the air pressure of the spare wheel installed under the front hood.